Jan. 1st, 2012 11:56 am
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I could say a lot about 2011 -

It was a good year, despite occasional rollercoasterness.

If I had to give it a title, 2011 was the year of
"How I learned to stop worrying and love myself"
more than any year up to this point.

And that's pretty cool.

I got back into art, accidentally started myself on a new career path and am LOVING it, started fooling around with comic art, and rediscovered my love for illustration. And learned a LOT about time management.

And got suckerpunched in the jaw with a corkboard about 60 seconds before the new year. Gravity doesn't pull punches, I will tell you that much. XD

Here's to an even better 2012
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I drew this dogdogdog christmas morning when Enzo went back to sleep after setting up my new Cintiq. Actually its the only thing I've drawn so far completely with the cintiq- I think I'm in love with Sai painter but my trail version expired so now my method of saving means taking a screencap. Heh, That's cool, though, I don't mind too much. Its on my wishlist.

Speaking of wishlists, after a day of epic stresses and generally crummy feelings both related to money and not, I came home from a small pre-new-years' "Will&Grace" gathering at Joshua's to find in the mail a claim form for unemployment... that showed that I'd been granted redemption basically and would resume getting funds. I guess the universe just wanted me to understand... maybe how much I'd grown to depend on it. It was definitely a fairly hefty reality check.

So now I'm entering the new year determined to be very responsible with my funds, to get my credit card paid down a bit (again... after a couple big purchases to help me with school- camera and computer), to rebuild my savings, to be careful about spending.

I can breathe again!

And I'll still be scanning some sketchbook animals and things to share!

(lol- speaking of timing, one of my old debts- an electric bill from back in Orlando- just called and relieved me of 176$. But at least that will stop being a scrape on my credit score soon...)
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So actually the biggest thing going on in my life right now hasn't started yet.

I'm going back to school. It's funny because I actually saw a friend from college say something a little cynical about the Art Institutes right around the same time I started looking into going there. It bothered me for a while, particularly because I remember holding much the same attitude about them when I was at Ringling.

Here's the difference. Ringling is a Fine Arts school. The Art Institutes offer degrees of Science.

Sure, it's a little weird that any kind of Art School would accept a student without any kind of portfolio review required. But then, Ringling didn't interview me, to see if I was a good candidate for the school. Ai did. They are interested in their numbers- they want to keep a low drop out rate and a high success percentage of job placement within 6 months of attaining a degree. And I don't see that as a bad thing, where once I might have.

The teachers are all working professionals, and part of their job is to develop students' real world contacts lists. This may or may not be very different from what Ringling offered, if I had put forth a little more effort at that time.

But I'm in a different place, too. Healthier, certainly, and that runs deeper than you might think. At Ringling I was determined to go the freelance route, and I had all sorts of misconceptions about what that would mean. I didn't develop my contacts or try to get hired doing an art job because I didn't want to interact with people that wouldn't understand who I was.

And darnit I want a chance to go to school -as myself.-

It'll be a Graphic Design degree. More on that later. =]

hello again

Aug. 9th, 2011 08:41 pm
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Hey friends, watchers, people who still watch my journal through my numerous quiet spells.

I've been asking myself why I've gone so quiet online. I still watch and read and comment occasionally, but I haven't been posting much and, well, that's just not neighborly. I have some theories for my quiet, and they mostly relate to bits of my history online that I need to confront and deal with.

But my life has been pretty cool lately, and I want to be able to share it.


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