So a lot's been happening lately. In the last three weeks I have been working almost exclusively on illustration projects. (I do have some design projects on the go, and those are cool too!)
Some great stuff has come my way from a few really cool clients. One is for a really groovy fast food restaurant in the US (seeing some 800,000 customers per day nationwide), and another is for a pilot episode of a big network TV show. I've also been working on some more local projects that are equally rewarding. These are super cool projects that I am lucky to be working on.
My dream has been to take on more illustration work, but I would not have expected to be doing so much so soon after starting up my own business in September.
On the other side of the coin, it's a lot of work. A ton. I squeezed two months of work into about three weeks, which has put a lot of strain on me and my family. For the most part, I have no problem staying up every night until 2 AM working hard in the studio, but it definitely cuts into my ability to be a papa and a husband. So … I'm working on how to manage workflow, how to say no to jobs, even if they're awesome, and otherwise keeping a healthy balance of work and life.
I have a theory about the universe, that the world moves in waves. What I mean is, there can be nothing, no activity, and then suddenly everything happens at once. Here are a few examples:
- Just yesterday, my friend Jeremy and I were just talking outside his alleyway shop. There's nobody around. Suddenly, there are three trucks all coming to a head at the same corner, and two of them had to give way to the third. Why did all those drivers have to be at that one place at the same time?
- Another thing that happens fairly often is that I will be walking late at night. There's not a soul around. Then I get to an intersection, and suddenly it's me and another car, right there at that intersection. Why didn't the car pass before or after I got to the intersection? What is it about the intersection that attracts bodies precisely at the same moment?
- Similarly, work comes in waves. There can be a whole week go by that I have no action and I begin to doubt the viability of my business, and then suddenly everyone has a job for me.
- It is not unusual either for me to receive multiple emails, a phone call and a text at the same time.
I guess there's a reason for the sayings, "when it rains it pours", and "feast or famine".
All this to say, I am keeping busy and for the most part loving it. The only way I have been getting through it is through the support of my very understanding and loving wife, a bit of self motivation, and definitely a few "wind-in-my-sails" beers while working. I cannot wait to show some of the work I've been up to. Soon!