Sometimes you just need to celebrate yourself and what you’ve accomplished so far, even if it seems like nothing is going right. Especially if it seems like nothing is going right!
Feng Zhu once recommended in a podcast to hang up all your best drawings at your desk, so you can always see what you have achieved, and I love that idea.

Sometimes you just need to celebrate yourself and what you’ve accomplished so far, even if it seems like nothing is going right. Especially if it seems like nothing is going right!
Feng Zhu once recommended in a podcast to hang up all your best drawings at your desk, so you can always see what you have achieved, and I love that idea.

@shade Thank youuu! 😀I’m happy to hear that you like it. 🥰

It’s really cool when all you put down is just colourful blocks and it all comes together once you zoom out. Also good vacation vibes, napping at the seaside is the best. Created in .

A great inspiration for me to be more outgoing with my art and career has been the “Dear Art Director” blog by Lauren Panepinto et.al. dearartdirector.tumblr.com/ It’s a great insight into the “other side” of all your applications and cold mails. Sometimes you just have to dare to jump.

The combination of an overcast scene with the sun breaking through and lighting a few patches brightly really does it for me. Had a good time painting this, better than usually. Painted in .

A video that really hit home for me was “Debunking Artist Burnout Culture” by Adam Duff. He is so good at analysing this industry’s culture of grind many of us are living, and how damaging it can be to art and artists. I want to create for the rest of my life, not burn out and crash in a few years, so I try to remind myself regularly to take care of myself. Not always easy. youtube.com/watch?v=41KXT9pV-d

Limiting your tools can be a great way to improve. When I started using Heavypaint I was overwhelmed by the many, quite unconventional ways to make marks. So after some intial struggle I started using nothing but the line tool to get the hang of things, and with that as a stable base I’m now much more comfortable to experiment with the rest!

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” ― Audre Lorde

Aerial perspective is everything, so much depth just through subtle value and hue shifts. Tried to do the reference justice, learned a lot while working on this one. Painted in .

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@annathecrow Thank you so much Anna, I really appreciate it. 🙏 It’s a weird mix of scary and exciting at the same time, now I’ll try to make the best of it and hopefully start a new, less harmful adventure somewhere else soon. 🤞

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@fefe I think you’re right. It’s been a week now and yesterday I cleared out all my accounts to get some distance, and I’m already feeling much more positive. My horizon shrunk down significantly and I couldn’t see beyond this job, but now my mind is opening up again to realise there’s a whole world out there. Thank you for your support. 🥰

@helatique Thank you so much! Yes it’s been draining me quite a bit, but I’ll get back to posting again next week - I love being part of the community and I won’t let it take that from me. 🥰

I would absolutely loooove cat pics, thank you so much for the support and reaching out. 🤗

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Guess what? After many months of being miserable at work due to a regular stream of toxic put-downs I have now been fired.

I had put a lot of hope into this job, thinking it was my big break-through. Now it’s all gone. It sucks and I don’t know what will come next, but in a way I’m also glad the ordeal is over.

So if you come across any leads for 2D or 3D artist jobs in either film or games feel free to get in touch. Or just a little positivity, I can definitely use that as well.😝

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