Saturday, May 23, 2015

Tough Decisions - Update

In my previous post I described an uneasy situation in my life with a difficult choice that I had to make. I was sure that I got two options - to work a well paid full time job that leaves me no time for my artistic passions, or to quit the job and start learning drawing and painting. Time for a little update on that.

It appeared that I have more options than I first thought. A few days ago I almost got fired, because my boss was not satisfied with the work I did. So contract is cancelled, but they offered me a freelance job from home. I will basically do the same things that I did at the office, but they will pay me per article, which means the salary size will vary depending on the job that I have done through the month. The good thing is that I will work from home and will definitely have the space and time to do my art. Will see how it goes. If I still don’t have enough time to draw then I will eventually go back to my previous intention to quit the job, but if I manage to do some drawing exercises, then  I guess I will keep this job. The point here is to take my time and choose wisely.

At this point I will keep myself away from rushed decisions, because in a situation like this I have to look around and see what other options I have. And there is definitely a better solution in this situation. Why having to choose between good income and art exercises when you can have both? I’m glad things happen this way, thanks God, there are good options. I must also show respect to these people giving me the chance to work with young and nice folks and get nice income, because, you know, this is still something and should be appreciated. And I have to say that it is a good thing to be thankful for what you already have, because that is the way to open the gate tor other good things to come into your life. I put myself in this situation and there is no one else to blame, but me. And I gotta use what I have and get things better.

I want to thank you all for your support. Thank you for being with me in this. I got contacted by people from the EVE community and they were happy to give me some encouraging words and advice. This made me very happy, you guys are the best.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tough Decisions

These days some new stuff happened to me. I won’t get in too much detail, but here is the thing.

I have to make a choice. A serious one. I have to choose between having a well paid full time job on one side and on the other side is the road to achieving my dream: to be a Concept Artist making stuff for games and movies. The thing is that I cannot do both things together. My job takes up too much of my time and at the end of the day if I want to sit and draw my art stuff I just can’t do it, because I am too tired and engaged with work. I tried. Didn’t work.

For my country standards this job is really well paid - way above the average. I retouch photos for virtual catalogs and for print. And while it does take some artistic skills to do this, it is actually the worst thing an artist can do for living. But my family and relatives like the financial security that comes from this, they are proud of me having this job. While I tried to explain to them that times have changed and now digital artists and artist as a whole are much more wealthier especially when it comes to Concept Art, 3D modelling, effects creating and such, they still seem to be far from understanding it. From my family only my brother really supports me.