I found it somewhere on instagram and I can confirm. I don’t want to complain, but my job is hard. I am one of the lucky ones that made of her passion a “full time job” but sometimes I question my choice… It is true that freelancers have a lot of things to think about and is sad that a lot of people don’t understand how much time and effort goes into everything. Taking pictures of your prints, doing accounting, promoting yourself,.. all those hours of hard work are not “paid” by anyone (it is normal, but I hope you see my point) meanwhile a real photographer earns money by taking pictures of products, an accountant is paid hourly for doing accounting stuff (yeah.). But at least I don’t have to pay anyone to do those things for me.. Well that’s the bright side I guess. Every hour spent on necessary administration, promotion, etc, is an hour lost of my creative time. Me time. Time that I’d love to have to develop myself creatively. But of course after all those hours spent working (for free) you still have some motivation and inspiration left for yourself (sarcasm).
Sometimes I wish I made a different choice, but sometimes, in very little cases, my work is so so so rewarding! Hearing about how people love what they see, having good feedback and reading how people totally get my (personal) work totally makes my day. It gives a huge motivational boost. That’s exactly what keeps me going. The thing that prevents me from giving up on what I love to do. Then, there are days where I really have to drag my ass to my drawing desk, cry a little (yes I’m a little crybaby), and try to be productive even though those brush strokes come out a little bit sloppy with no enthusiasm at all.
Past week has been one of those weeks… But I’ve done my best. Sadly, the week is still not over, I’m quite behind on my schedule but I decided not to rush and just take my time, take a break when I feel not motivated or uninspired. I don’t want this (work for my client) become a real dread again.
I’ve been working on a new story, called “Goodnight Dragon”. Here are some images.
This is a typical day at work: annoying co-worker prevents me from sitting comfortably.
I have finished that one commission.. that I really like myself. It will be hard to say goodbye to it.
Acrylics on canvas. Sizes: 10 x 10 cm – 15 x 18 cm – 15 x 15 cm
Photographing art prints for my Etsy shop:
Being creative with a cardboard box. Sometimes I do enjoy doing this, sometimes it’s a pain in the butt to get a good shot.
And to end this miserable post (sorry!) I was a bit inspired this week to make some personal work, which doesn’t happen very often these days.
These are a part of a series that I called “Ghost World” some time ago.. the name stuck with me.
Well, there it is. I’ll stop right here for today.
Even though pretty much no one is reading this:
Hope you enjoyed a little peek into my crazy (yeah right) freelancing world.