Sketching on the night of the blood moon! Decided to change the pose slightly. I really wanted to see that other hand. A few more minor adjustments and we’re off to paint.
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Just put the last brush stroke on this one! She’ll be on her way to Nashville this week for an upcoming show at the Corvidae Collective. Opens May 3rd!! 😊
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Waiting for paint to dry, so I started something new. 😉
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This one has been fighting me, but she’s starting to come together now.
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This is an important read for freelancers. I’ve fallen into this trap a LOT lately and it has affected my health.
I’ve since made it a goal to better balance work with the rest of my life. You can’t be productive unless you take care of yourself first.
The Workaholic Pedestal
We freelancers have a tendency to never truly be away from our work, regardless of the time or day of the week. Especially if like me, your work station is in your home. We work long hours and dedicate ourselves fully to whatever project we have at hand. We loose sleep, skip social gatherings, eat whatever is quick and easy so we can get back to work. I have noticed that there is a sense of pride in general among freelancers that we are so in love with our work that we can dedicate ourselves this way. Passion for your chosen profession is definitely a plus!
However, I have also observed a downside to this part of freelancing. That dedication can cross the line into an unhealthy workaholic lifestyle, and other freelancers actually encourage it. There is an underlying unspoken rule in freelancer culture that if you’re not working, you’re slacking. I’ve seen other freelancers take subtle stabs at their peers for taking time off to see family, to tend to daily life, or to just have a day (or three) to simply BREATHE and do something other than art. Doing things like comparing your work load with others’ work load, making yourself out to be the harder working one. Referring to things like showering, cooking, and cleaning as “free time” or “vacation”. It creates or adds to guilt surrounding work, which is really not a nice thing to do to your friends and peers.
The disclaimer here is that clearly not every freelancer does this, and I think those that do are not being purposefully malicious, so please don’t misread this as an attack. I’m guilty of playing into this myself, we are just falling into a part of the starving artist stereotype; The idea that your chosen craft/art must encompass ALL of your being, every day and every moment for you to truly be passionate about it.
The truth is, there IS life outside of art and work, and it’s not a contest. We are living beings that must eat and sleep, and we are social animals that must have a connection with others. So not only do we HAVE to do things other than art, but it’s also ok to spend time doing other things that make you happy. It doesn’t mean you are less passionate about your work, or that other artists who spend more time on theirs love it more.
And yes, there are deadlines we must work under. But none of us want to be starving artists. None of us enjoy loosing sleep, eating crappy or skipping meals, working our fingers to the bone, letting friendships fall apart… These are not good things. You aren’t a cooler or more a passionate artist for making those sacrifices. So I think instead of putting that lifestyle on a pedestal, we should be encouraging one another to take time to care for ourselves, and to have a life outside of their work. Just like anyone else doing any other kind of work. =)
YES. Thank you. It makes me really uncomfortable when I hear professionals saying things like “if you are not drawing 24/7 you’ll never make it”, implying that having outside interests or taking care of yourself means you will fail. You undoubtedly need to be dedicated and focused to succeed as a freelancer, but what is the point of having the so-called freedom that freelancing is supposed to provide you if you can’t even leave your desk every once in a while? Exercise, get outside, socialize, have other hobbies. I’ve found I’m more productive and happier and healthier and more passionate about my work and my career when I take time off, every day, to get away from work for a little while. Building a career is important and rewarding, but your life is not comprised solely of the amount of work you are able do. Your life is not defined solely by how many hours you clock at your work desk.
This mindset is rampant throughout college and even in the professional studio environments too. It’s so sad, I’ve fallen Ill because of it and still have a hard time breaking away. I see many of my peers ruining their bodies and minds too to live up to an ideal of working 24/7.
It feels really relieving to see I’m not alone in this. The guilt of not always feeling inspired. The frenzy of not wanting to let anyone down (especially yourself) can completely break you down. I’ve been beyond fortunate to have some of the most understanding and compassionate bosses ever, so the idea of the letting them is crushing. One of the most valuable things I’ve learned since I started freelancing is to take time for yourself when you need it. Not “when I’m done with this project in 2 months I’ll relax.” Take care of yourselves artist friends. <3
Mom outs her transgender son on Facebook—and it's amazing -
That’s right, folks. It takes this Nevada hairstylist 118 words to grasp and explain a concept that BBC’s Piers Morgan has been bashing his head against for months”All this time, Jes’s parents have been mistaken about his gender—not the other way around.
I DON’T KNOW HOW I MISSED THIS UNTIL NOW THIS MADE ME SO HAPPYYYYYY.
Been working a lot on stuff I just can’t show, yet. But here’s a rough prelim sketch for something I CAN share! In progress for an upcoming show. 😊
#art #sketch #illustration #wip #artist #progress
based on heavy requests i am putting out a cat version, and it’s done even, and i have it on good authority from two close cat loving friends that it is most excellent…but i don’t want to post it until it’s up on the store because i feel like everything got out of hand last time and i had a 48 hour panic attack waiting for the store to go up…i’m sort of a nobody, so the response was really unexpected and i got all blotchy with worries.
thank you though!
here are all of the pets that are way too niche to make merch for, unless i do it myself to sell a few at cons…i seriously spent a good tenth of my day dreaming these up and making myself laugh. yay for niche pets!
robocop, our betta, modeled for me, but i had to do our hedgehogs from memories because i really do love them against their will…please get a Snug Them Buns tattoo
I can’t even describe the noises I made over this.
I LOVE YOU, AMANDA.
This is the cutest thing ever.
RIP RoboCop, Lulabelle, and Princess Peach…Lady still is alive and hating me though!
I would so rock that Betta one
Well…this is it. The beginning. I am now in full production mode from now until November. If you need me, I’ll be at my easel. 😁
#art #prep #materials #beginning #lotsofwork #groupshows #soloshow #cantwaittogetpaintonthem
It’s been awhile, but for those of you who were asking, prints of this piece are now up in my Society6 shop! 😊
( society6/CatherineMoore )
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