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Atmosphere

        It has been EXTREMELY hectic for me lately!! I’ve done something that I have wanted to for a long time; I’m an artist now, you guys!

     I left my job last month. And to be honest I was pretty terrified. Actually, you can make that present tense, because I still am.  With all the nonstop working and commission begging, being freelance has lost some of its luster. 

       If it were guaranteed it would definitely be easier. But at some point in my life I had to take a chance on me. I believe in myself and my talents. 

         So this picture… yeah, I’m doing characters for pay, lol. It’s not drudgery though. Actually, it’s kind of fun and exciting to do this one because its for a friend! Plus next month is Inktober, my favourite holiday.

         On the face of it though is that I noticed that I still have people wanting me to draw for free. It’s weird. Do they think I shouldn’t eat or something? I can’t understand it. But being upset about it is pointless. I’m just going to keep doing my best.

         To be honest, I’m another rung closer to where I want to be. My art matters to me. I’ll need to get a LOT more prolific in what is produced with no loss in quality.

           Hopefully I can get picked up to do more covers and character designs. Wish me luck! 

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Happy customers equal happy artist!

      Well, I’m finally getting ready to do it. I’m going to start selling prints of my art!  It took awhile to build up a decent portfolio of work,  but I’m finally there.

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      Today I’m taking my more traditional work in to be scanned. My scanner is okay but it’s not large enough for anything above 8.5×11. Luckily we have larger ones at work. Plus our photographers are more familiar with reproducing images, something I haven’t done since art school.

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      Until then, it’ll be a few more images made. I’m trying not to scare myself off. This is my dream and I don’t want to fail at it! I’m not afraid to though.

If it Lives it Dies

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     That exceptionally handsome young man is the son of a soldier. He’s the grandson of one as well and the father of a soldier. My family are soldiers like Skywalkers are Jedi.

   

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      I grew up saying the pledge of allegiance. I was a cub scout,  boy scout, and Captain America was my favorite superhero. Of course I knew we weren’t perfect; I grew up in the south in the 70’s and there was no hiding from THAT. But I picked fights with bullies and loved rock(i.e. classic rock). I was fine.

      I guess I still serve my country. My jobs since I got out have been with various agencies. But I do it from outside now.

      I dream of people I killed occasionally.

     Being a patriot isn’t about blindly thinking your country is perfect. It’s about having a family, knowing a few have serious problems and trying to work it out.
 
      Do what you can when you can to be supportive. And loving your family doesn’t mean you automatically hate everyone else,  right?