LIstening to Homeboy Sandmans newest album, First of a Living Breed.
Homeboys a good friend of mine and makes amazing hiphop that just isnt being touched these days. He's like an ecletic Aesop Rock.
Anyway... I'm sitting here in bed after a long night of inking, mostly character designs for a few projects coming up. Fun stuff that I hope does not fall through, but if they do I'll at least have a shit ton of stuff to post hahaha.
Lately I've been feeling a mix of great and shitty.
Great because my art work and the jobs im currently involved in look fantastic! I've never felt so free when i sit down at the table to work these days, i feel like a child again, even though im only 23. I feel like the more i dive into my subconscious to touch those memories and inspirations from my child hood, the more i revert back into that state of creation. But its also made me a lil hard to talk to people that aren't artist.
Its very egotistical to feel like your above some people, and i dont really feel that i'm above them, i feel like im more awake then they are. Awake as in following my own goals in life, and replacing the robotic parts with organic ones.
I work a 9 to 5 monday through friday, then i come home and draw until about 12. thats my whole week.
I sometimes wonder what my coworkers do when there not at work. I generally am very interested in it. The thing that bothers me is that I feel like i slave for 8 hours of the day. Well i guess not a slave, more like a parasitic relationship. Since having the job ive been able to afford a car and a cell phone again. I have not been very lucky at keeping money around but im working on it haha. Having a car has made it easier for me to get to conventions and hang out with friends in NY. so theres goods and bads.
I guess what I'm saying to aspiring comic book artist or artist in general. Having a day time job sucks but it helps at the same time. Believe me, I tried the unemployed route to work on art gigs, Its cool for awhile but you have to be a real hustler, something that I'm not very good at. I had gigs coming in and i was actively looking but the sensation to create widdles down because your doing art to survive, not doing art to thrive. staying at home all day gets repetitive as hell, and your constantly trying to become inspired. mentally i wasnt ready for such a task of isolation that i dreamed of.
spending 8 hours a day, 5 days every week, for some odd reason pushes me to create art. I feel that my time is like running fast so ive got to create as soon as i get home, or i fall behind in my quest. Its nice to be around people, they make you feel things, they make you emotional. those emotions inspire you, they wake something up in you. They make you think. When your in a room by yourself all day, its just boring. This is me speaking from my own experience, I envy those that can do that. Also its good to have multiple streams of income instead of just one streams that fluxuates from overflowing to dried up.
Just because you have a job doesnt mean you've given up on your career and goals as an artist, remember that. Count it as another step in getting to those goals. the job helps if your smart about it. save money, save all your art money that comes in, dont spend a fucking dime of it, unless its art related.
Now check this shit out.
Arzak stuff that hast reached the states. Arzak is my all time favorite shit from Moebius. SUCH A HUGE INSPIRATION!!!!!
Long live the king, Long live Moebius.