Page 2 of the short comic strip I’m doing for the redesign of my About Me is done!
It only takes about 45 minutes or so to complete these — they’re really simple & don’t take up too much of my time, so I should have one of these up at least daily (depending on how busy I get over the next few days, what with being forced to move out of San Francisco at the end of April due to the whole “I don’t have a freaking job” thing).
I’ve been doing what I can to shop my work around.
Job boards, portfolio submissions, begging close friends, begging strangers (seriously), and even taking side jobs that I probably would never have thought of even trying to pursue if not for this whole financial crisis I’m currently in.
Para ejemple (that means, “For Example” in Spanish — I can speak it! … Sort of. 5 years of Spanish classes gave me at least a basic/intermediate grasp of it, but anyways), I was Craigslisting around for jobs yesterday and found an Interior Designer who needed illustrative sketches done for this boutique he’s being contracted for.
I quickly drew up some sample roughs of what sort of illustrative concepts I could design for him in 15 minutes or less (AKA, if you need someone who can work quickly, I am able to deliver this type of art in an extremely short time frame). Check out these screenshots:
The 15 to 20 minute rough above is for a window display.
Naturally, he can wallpaper it differently and send me samples of actual clothing patterns and colors, designs, and mannequins + furniture that he wants to place, then tell me where to put it, tell me where he wants this or that, etc etc, then rearrange everything however he wants.
It’s his store, after all.
I was just giving him an example of what the illustration would look like.
I also put together a 5 minute concept for the interior of the store, but again — just an incredibly rough rough rough draft of what all I might be able to do for him.
Giving you guys a peek at what I’m doing all day trying to hustle my work for a living.
And I mean, for 5 minutes, that’s not bad, right?!
I’m looking into taking more freelance work. Not necessarily with illustration, but also with writing (like the article I wrote for G4TV.COM’s THE FEED on Video Game Boobies), or whatever else I can get my hands on at the moment in order to make ends meet.
When venting with a few of my bosses, mentors, etc, they all told me the same thing: They were once where I was, struggling to get a job, not sure what they wanted to do with their lives, humbled by bad decision making and completely at a loss for confidence in themselves — but that good things come to both those who wait, and those who continue to work hard for what they want.
So although I’m in this horrible grind at the moment, I am at least still doing what I can to try to be happy with my life (even with all of the craziness that I’ve been facing lately).
What else do you think I should do, you guys?
Am I not doing something that you think I should be doing in order to monetize my talents?
My friend Kristen/Epi mentioned that I should maybe look into Tattoo Artistry? That might be cool. The equipment looks expensive, but I’d at least like to dabble in it and say that I did it (and am capable of doing it). Knowwuddimean?
XOXO Cheri XOXO