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So finally my degree and long time experience as a factory grunt have been recognized... sigh...

I've been holding on financially by the skin of my teeth for awhile, but I've largely kept it to myself. Literally there have been some months where I've only been in the green by the little leftover change I've had in my hand and that's pretty scary when you're renting your own place and there are people relying on you to pay bills. The only things keeping me afloat were the patrons who had me do commissions and, to my shame, theft. 

Despite my practiced smile, and how I spoke earlier of the opportunity to tour several US Wizard Conventions with industry legend Kurt Lehner, I didn't mention how baffled I was as to how I was going to fund it. Yes, as you can imagine, this caused me great stress. 

Frankly, however, I didn't care and figured the opportunity was too great; I would go into debt happily for this. But serendipity has struck it would seem because now I don't have to (you may have noticed I was speaking in the past tense :D ).

In the past I've spent months looking, but this time it took only two days! I've landed well paying work as a machinist for a large company. They honor my years of experience as a factory man, as well as my degree in psychology with added clerical and possible administrative duties. In essence, the solution has presented itself with impeccable timing.

One day I'll be able to work as a full-time professional artist, and I am still calling that it will happen this year! In the meantime, however, I will labor roughly with my hands to earn a living and keep moving forward. I've never been intelligent and my math is horrid, but I know I've got great hands and they'll get me through :).

--> Wish me luck.

---> ---> Good luck to all of us.     
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AgileRhino Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Even with the economy the way it is, I really hesitate to say something as bland and robotic as, "Yay, you got a job!!!1" No intelligent, creative person can stand living in Maslow's basement for long.

Certainly I couldn't. Speaking personally, one year it was a dishwashing job for me or nothing at all, and I still remember how it never failed to get my goat when people, usually people with big houses and two cars themselves, would say things to me like, "It's money," or, "It pays the bills." (Yeah. That's all I want on my tombstone. :unimpressed: :tombstone: ) At least, money won't be the horrible stress-out for you that it recently was, and as far as that goes, I am happy for you. :) 

Someone as helpful as you, with your talent and drive, deserves to get ahead. Publicity is the thing nowadays. It used to be "It's not what you know, it's WHO you know." Apparently, these days, it's all about who knows YOU. Practice, conventions, network, etc... but for you, this is hardly new information, certainly a reminder only! 

And oh yeah... :shamrock: :fingerscrossed:
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey hey. 

Thank you for all your kind words. 

It's my fault, since this post is very old, but I'm not working at that factory anymore. I've advanced a little and am working for the Coroner's Office in Toronto, Canada, as well as other funeral service providers. Basically, I'm an undertaker now. The pay is good and I love my work almost as much as I love doing art. It's very fulfilling and I'm lucky to have  found my way to it. 

Come to think of it, there are so many things which have happened since that last post. I should really update more often. 

Thanks very much for liking my tutorials and taking the time to tell me about your struggles with the same walls we all run into. It's important to strive for more and be better, because no one is perfect the way they are, though everyone wanting it all is a sure recipe for disaster too. What's worked for me on the hardest days is to just keep moving forward. I've never been an industrious person, but what I am is resourceful and brave. For every year that passes I seem to be a little better off than before and I'll do what I can to keep that going. Except now I live with a girl who I love, so I'm working for two :).

Good luck to you, my friend. I hope everything works out in your favor.     
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AgileRhino Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
Well that's great to hear! I'm happy for you. (I always did say factory work was a fate worse than death, and you're  certainly proving those words right! :highfive: )

I'm genuinely glad you enjoy your work more now. Just a couple of days ago yahoo ran a story on a police sergeant in NYC who died just weeks before his retirement, and the comment that really stands out in my mind is one pointing out why it is important to have a job we enjoy (or at least a job we don't dread) because there is no guarantee any of us will make it to retirement. 

Thank you very much and you too! 
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Iskarien Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How is it even possible that you aren't a full-time artist by now, you are damn good. Ever tried offering art courses to students and stuff? You seem to have a talent for explaining things. Could earn you some extra money in the meantime. :)
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! I meant to get back to you earlier. 

I wanted to tell you that the post you wrote a couple of days ago about the tutorials made my day. It really is one of the best compliments I've ever received, and definitely the best in recent memory. I figured that most anatomy books are either too detailed, too little detailed, or are not answering the specific questions that artists have. The support for my work has been incredible and I'm very thankful, but especially to you because I don't get that kind of response very often.

As far as working professionally, I had some notable contracts here in Toronto, Canada, for the Toronto district school board, as well as some magazine covers. All of that was nice, but sadly I was never able to work for a studio. It's been very hard with one setback after another. I got involved with an art school that cost way too much money and had me do pointless and remedial work which I later learned were unusable in a portfolio. Then there were some partnerships and people offering opportunities with their "company" that quickly crashed...

There are people out there who promise a lot if you do work for them now for next to nothing.

With all that in mind, I now frequent the conventions here in Canada, and in the U.S. I sell my work there, as well as do commissions and make contacts for future projects. That has worked out very well for me. In fact, I was living off of it for three months this year :D. I've got a nice combo of a day-job (I work as an undertaker for funeral services and do body removal for the Coroner's office and police) and private commission work, so I'm happy. Maybe I'll craft a nice concept portfolio and apply to some studio soon. We'll see.

thanks again for the comment. What's your situation? Are you looking to go pro soon?  

     
    
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Iskarien Featured By Owner Edited Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great to read that! :)

Seems like you are on the right track. Never heard of an artist that had an easy road to his dreamjob! :) I'm a bit surprized that the art school was pointless, since most artists I really like seem to have visited one, which made me think of applying to an art school too. But on the other hand, I like learning my own way, not in the typical teacher-student situation. Would you say it depends on the school? Or was it more of a personal thing, like, the wrong way of learning and working for you? (Sidenote: Damn, my english skills really suffered the last few weeks...)

My situation is that I really loved drawing from an early age, but never really learned how to do it. So I did it a lot, but I never had something called a learning curve. I always wanted to work in a creative way, writing stories or drawing illustrations or comics, but I never thought that I'd be able to get skilled enough. Then I took some online courses and improved a lot in only 3 month (basically from drawing ugly smileyfaces to drawing semi-realistic portraits), which was a great great motivator. Drew like a maniac, loved doing it and finally got a few people that asked me to draw pictures for them. Earned a bit of money... and then my wrist decided to give up. Tendonitis. For... nearly half a year. Wasn't able to draw much then, so I had to wait. Now I'm healthy and doing some courses again. As a day job I work as a technican, repairing computers and stuff, which makes a quite easy living, but it's extremely boring. Good thing is, that I can use some of my time at work to practise drawing, which is quite awesome, since it feels like getting paid to draw. :D So... I have a long, long road ahead of me, but I think it's possible to work for a studio or something similar in a few years, if I can keep it up, and if my wrist does not give up again.
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TheTragicNightmare Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You've got it.
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Nesmeri Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope all will work out fine for you! :) Just don't lose sight of your goal and keep going! Hug 
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: thanks. I've been guilty plenty of times of losing site before and putting other people's whims ahead of what I want, but not anymore. 

btw, i gotta ask you later about that Polymer Clay stuff. sounds cool and different. 
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Nesmeri Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, note me any time. ^_^
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tdCaldwell Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy for ya! Keep working hard, and things'll always work out one way or another.
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's what I always say. Thank you for the well wishes. 
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Gillbait Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope it all goes well for you!
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot. I appreciate it. 
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SirImran Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All the best!!!
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NemoNova Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you. ")
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