Work is leaving me in pretty bad shape at the end of some days. It's not too bad, and the time passes by well. I remember in food a few hours left me unable to stand and it went by slowly. At Lowe's it's not so much. There's a lot of customers who could be a bit nicer, though. I didn't get much in the way in training. Regulars are cool with it, but some expect people to automatically know everything even if they're new. I've gotten most of the functions down though by being walked through it a couple times and checking my progress on the third one. My social life hasn't changed one way or another. I have Friday nights off to go to anime club, and I get most evenings to hang out with people. Other than that I feel like I don't have much time. I'm trying to get to bed at a decent time, but even waking up early I have to head straight to work sometimes and not get home till it's almost night. I'm getting hours, so I shouldn't complain.
Right now I'm alternating soaking my feet in my mini-cooler I got for Ohayocon. Cool water and baby oil since I don't have epson salt. Aside from being the root of all evil, poverty makes you good at improvisation.Don't worry, I'm going to wash it.
There are a few things I'm saving towards and hopefully in this order: car, new apartment/increase in bills, fixing up my desk. The car is obvious so I can get my license, and travel around to look at apartments on my time off. I'm looking on craigslist or newspapers since everything online is a dealership wanting the sky. I'm looking for single room apartments at the moment, but a few places do have two-bedroom places at a decent price. I can have an office, and open the room up for a roommate in case I need to. I'm rummaging through the ones I saved online and making cuts as I look more closely at the features that go with the rent. I would like my own washer and dryer, I'm tired of coin ones that either shrink my clothes or can't dry a simple load. I may also ask if I can paint the walls so long as I prime them on my departure. My desk is older than my dad, and it needs some work. I'm thinking of fixing some of the paneling, repairing the gashes, and staining some stuff for a more coherent furniture set. Other than that I need to get some more jeans, possibly office-y clothes, and general maintenance stuff or some simple luxuries like a handheld shower head (if I can use one).
I did get a commission on tumblr! The sketch is done so I'm waiting on payment to go through before I continue. In the mean time I'm going to work on the other things below or take care of another promising email I got today. This one is some character art but I think creature or background work is also in the mix, there. Not sure if to charge it like my current rates or what. I just hope I can find the time for everything.
I'm taking some time out to count my blessings. Everything fell in to place exactly when I was about to run out of savings. While Lowe's does ask for a lot of my time, I'm actually ahead on all of my bills and I'm not starving (though still relying on ramen and stuff till my next check). I have the two hopeful commissions in the works that should help with my portfolio. A friend of mine is also willing for me to help with his site so I can use that for my career portfolio. I want to work on video games someday unless I can make it as a full comic artist, but I need to get some more work under my belt first.
That's about it. I didn't realize it had been that long since my previous journal. I'll try to get back to weekly.
Silent Envy- Working on the pattern for the obi before applying texture and shading it. From there Helena is almost done and I can continue with the other bits.
Aquarius, Pisces is in thought process.
(& Train or a different steampunk illustration) Watercolor redo or or (will get bird's view, too) or Portfolio building and more drawings