Posted 20.05.2016 @ 8.22PM (Edited 20.05.2016 @ 8.24PM)
That does sound familiar on pretty much all points James.
I've worked in plenty of different studios and not once did I find anywhere that I could say I was happy in 20 years as much as I tried to suck it up and fit in.
I too am pretty passionate about what I do and I find it difficult working on things all the time that just don't float my boat.
Maybe it hasn't helped that I've managed to work for some real ar*e holes over the years?
Maybe its working with and for people who's main motivation was money?
I also live/lived where there was a bit limited regarding creative roles or at least the right ones for me.
I found the only real option was to do my own thing and go freelance.
Like you, I did my own work and freelanced in the evenings and at night which I found totally exhausting but it was something I needed to do to get out of the 9-5 loop.
I tried the "get a whatever job" and do my own thing but that's just the same, exhausting and even more demoralising.
I also struggle with with the whole 'selling myself' and networking thing.
I'm not a sales person by any stretch (spits on floor) and find all that a bit vulgar.
Coming from Yorkshire, I've always been brought up to be myself regardless and say what I think which I doubt is very good in a networking situation.
I also tend to treat my clients like mates which is not very professional but that's who I am.
My approach to self promotion has always been a little passive to be honest.
I see lots of others who's work is pretty mediocre doing very well because they can talk the talk which is good for them.
I tend to do my best with what I have and I've managed to get some pretty good clients and worked on some great gigs which I'm thankful for.
I realised that life is WAY too short to be someone I'm not and do things I hate.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to say "I've made it".
It's always hard work and I feel guilty as a Dad and husband for being so broke a lot of the time and having to work away sometimes.
I know that if I could wear many hats then I'd be doing a lot better but I'm stuck with my skanky old Vans cap for now but I like my hat.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I know where you are coming from.
You can make a compromise between enjoying what you do and making a living without being some sort of mega entrepreneur.
I'm no entrepreneur and I don't really want to be one either thanks.
You do great work and you have the skills.
That will shine albeit eventually.
Sorry for the long post. It made me think about myself a bit and I realise I've said "I" way too much so I'm going to leave it there.
Posted 06.05.2016 @ 9.52PM
::The plan is is set up a new site that just purely focus on showcasing this type of work I do then show how it can be applied to the commercial world.::
If you can, I would.
People like to see the same style when it comes to illustration type stuff and it's MUCH more marketable.
(Something I struggle with.)
I think that style would work across the board mate so go for it!
Posted 04.05.2016 @ 7.08PM
Hope you stick with this as it's a really strong style and you do it well.
That "Seasons Greetings" is especially strong and commercial.
I think you should really push it and mark my words, you'll be doing a lot more of it in the future.
HEAR M' NOW! :D
Posted 19.04.2016 @ 9.20PM (Edited 19.04.2016 @ 9.22PM)
I recently did some t-shirts for my Muay Thai camp in Sheffield, UK (Wicker Camp) and sponsored their fight team.
Not going to win any design prizes as it was only something simple but I saw some pic's of one of the fights taken by a really good photographer called Tesni Ward.
There were a couple of my shirts that I was quite chuffed with as I kind of find it an honour as Wicker Camp are pretty legendary in the Muay Thai world and I'd not seen them until now.
Also posted a little documentary at the bottom about Wicker Camp by a talented guy called Si Gamble which is worth a watch if you're into that kind of thing.
Posted 26.04.2016 @ 3.29PM
@scotty nice one, always good to see work in situ! I wonder what it feels like to be in a "fight team"...
A new one for me. It's the A-League Finals series, a couple of great games last weekend. What started as a sketch turned into an impromptu portrait.
Posted 07.04.2016 @ 1.52PM (Edited 07.04.2016 @ 1.53PM)
haha @scotty aw come on, surely you don't get THAT much sunlight do you?
Nice work @birdbeak decent job after 7 hours!
I have been trying to learn abit of animation myself, like TRex, keen to know more about After Effects. I know you can animate in Photoshop, have had a go at doing simple things in that.
For my show and tell, another football player. Franck Ribéry.
Edit: Franck Ribéry Zombie / White Walker.. that is
Posted 07.04.2016 @ 11.26AM
@Scotty That was only the first 7 hours of the course - the next 7 hours are next Monday! It's pretty easy to learn, I reckon you'd kill it.
A big part of learning the programs is that they force you to use terrible tutorials with hideous assets. It helps when you've already got your own style that you can animate, like you have.
I'd highly advise NOT going outside. We had Ivan Millat, you've got Jack the Ripper - there's also other reasons not to go outside that I won't even get into.
Posted 30.03.2016 @ 10.56PM
::@scotty That's a good description, I get it now. Was just mucking around and I can actually 'see' things in my mind without closing my eyes. I can sort of project the image onto things if that makes sense.::
It does actually.
I seem to understand how people can see things in their minds eye even though I can't do it.
Strange thing is, it doesn't seem to work the other way around?