A couple of housekeeping things. Firstly, I am not taking on any more commissions until further notice. However, if you have a commercial proposition or just a really important commission or anything like that, feel free to still get in touch, because I left the metaphorical business door open a teensy crack. The reason for this change is that I'm exploring a lot of new avenues with the artwork, and I want to see what percolates in a mostly commission-free space.
Secondly, I will no longer be using the word 'totem' to describe the illustrations that I create. I will instead be calling animal guides/teachers/energies something more appropriate in a contemporary space, such as 'golden catfish as energy' or 'golden catfish as guide' (I haven't decided yet). While I won't be retroactively changing the titles of artwork, this will be something applied in the future and I thought I'd give everyone a heads up there. It's a personal decision, based on my discomfort with using a term that is appropriative in nature.
Thirdly, some of you may not know this (or really care to know this), but there will be significantly less artwork overall this year since I'll be devoting a fair amount of time to writing. Writing has always been an important part of my overall career, but it got benched the last two years because I became very focused on commissions and certain segments of artwork which kept me intensively busy (seriously, world, 90 pieces of finished artwork in a year? Maybe sustainable for someone without PTSD and chronic health issues, but I was pretty spent at the end of 2012!) I'm still learning how to divide my time between both the artwork and the writing in a way that is sustainable to my health and my wellbeing, and last year I let myself down in that department, firmly embracing workaholicism in a way that I'm still paying a price for this year.
But, in very good news, I am doing a lot better already. I am working on several new concepts, as well as still exploring with my older style. Also trying to figure out a direction in life. Where am I headed? What's the meaning of life? What is my purpose right now? Haha, nothing major, just a few questions! Gotta love it when the big ones come on in and sit down on top of you and refuse to pay rent.
So how are you going?
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