evildrmady asked: I'm just wondering.. have you ever done any work based on The Phantom of the Opera?
Working on it!
luckiebreak asked: hi there!! i'm an artist studying graphic design. even though i love my major, my courses lately haven't allowed me to do much drawing, which is my main passion. it was only about a month ago that i realized i need to shift my focus to back to illustration if i really want to be happy with my work. however, now i feel a little behind on building my portfolio. this makes me pretty nervous about getting jobs once i graduate. any advice on how to get commissions when you're just starting out?
These are good concerns to have, even if it feels stressful trying to decide what to do. I always encourage people to do what they’re passionate about, but in this industry, jobs are so competitive, and the trends dictate who gets hired.
If you have a distinct style, make that work for you, and go after employers who hire artists like you. Bring something fresh to the table, while still being relevant to their needs.
I can’t recommend you jump right into freelancing out of school unless you’re already getting lots of work. Building your illustration career takes quite a long time. Many illustrators start by working in the after-hours or part time to build their brand while having a steady day-job.
To build up your brand, start out by taking small illustration jobs, join group gallery shows, and enter contests. That’ll get you noticed by editors, art directors, and other companies.
prettylittleday-dream asked: Some advice for the freshly broken hearted? I don't know what to do… I was with him for 15 months. I know that isn't THAT long… but I thought it was a good relationship. I'm lost now though. I can't draw, reading is feeling taxing and I spend most of my time if I'm not at work or school… at home in bed with my cat and hedgehog. He broke up with me a week before my birthday… last Monday I didn't leave my bed. Am I crazy to miss him this much?? What should I do??
Oh you poor darling! I really feel for you. I was with my ex for almost 9 years, and he broke up with me right before Halloween! I had to pack up our entire 3-bedroom house, put everything in storage, and move away.
I thought my life was over, and that I’d never love again. I really did. I just rolled around on the floor listening to David Bowie and crying. That helped. Just, crying. Feeling all the feelings, letting it out. I didn’t know heartbreaks actually felt like your torso was being cut open, your heart ripped out, and being left with a gaping hole of viscera.
I couldn’t work for a few days, but I had a gallery show to prepare for the next weekend, so I absolutely had to pull myself together to create a bunch of new pieces (my fairytale series). I watched movies, listened to music, forced myself to paint, took more freelance jobs, picked up a teaching gig, and just stayed really busy. I also applied for some conventions, so that I had an event to look forward to… just, anything.
And honestly, there’s no cure. You have to take it one day at a time, embrace the pain and heartbreak. It was new to me, I’d never been dumped. Normally I’m the one breaking hearts! But it was good to know how physically and emotionally painful the process was, and not to deny it.
Then, a magical thing happened. A dark, mysterious goth musician called and, seeing my potential, took pity on me. He flew me to New York and showed me that there’s absolutely a reason to live after losing everything. The world is enormous and exciting and full of opportunities. I needed that adventure to rekindle my desire to create and write and explore my own work.
So, in answer to your question, my lovely princess, yes. You’re crazy to miss a brute who chucked you right before your birthday. He’s not worth your time or tears. There’s someone else out there for you, and you’ll run into each other when you least expect it. And maybe in the meantime you’ll fall in and out of love a few more times, if you’re lucky.
But you’re not crazy for feeling the way you do. Heartbreaks are tough to live with. So cry, despair. That’s fine. But don’t give up! I promise it gets easier with time, and soon you’ll be ready to move on. You won’t be the same, but that’s what life is about. Change.
I love you!
marinaveselinovic asked: Hello, you look gorgeous in your new dress, it's just perfect. Your art is perfect too :) hmm you are perfect in general :D (ok, now I sound like perfect creep)
Haha! Thanks so much! And it’s okay, in this business, you have to embrace the creeps <3
hey-henryhere asked: Will you be watching the upcoming "American Horror Story: Freak Show"?
I have a really hard time with AHS. I should love it… it’s full of great actors, incredible sets and costumes, fabulous horror themes… but the plot bothers me. I’ll absolutely watch the first episode to satisfy my curiosity, but I know it’s going to be utterly terrifying and obscene, so I doubt I’ll get through the whole season. Some things I just don’t want to see on the screen.