Friday, 1 June 2012
Tough Job, Tender Heart
I have been feeling a bit under the weather lately. Spent so many nights up working for the past couple of weeks, and then eventually broke down with a very nasty cold! Ugh. I just hate being sick. I hate not being able to do much while there are tons of stuff waiting to be finished. I know, I know, your body's telling you to slow down, have a balanced life, and most of all get some sleep, sleep, sleep. You have no idea how many times I play that line in my head every day, but when it comes down to it, all I can say is, not very likely.Why? Well, I won't sugar coat the pathway I've chosen in life. Working as an artist means a lot of things, and I'm afraid it's not always day dreaming by window, paint the day away while inspirations fly in through the door freely. Many times it also includes spending hours on work that has gone very wrong, running from deadlines to deadlines trying so hard to keep the clients happy, and constantly tapping on your head waiting for ideas that stubbornly refuse to come out. Occupational hazards, who doesn't have them, right?
What hurts, is when people don't appreciate what I do. Many still think that because I "draw" for a living, it makes everyday nothing but la-la-land for me. Yeah, right. Maybe if they saw the state I'm in after a few sleepless nights, they'll think differently. So to those scepticals out there, yes, being an artist IS a real job. And unfortunately, labor doesn't come cheap. I'm no magician and like many people, I find appreciation very fulfilling (I'm breaking out sweat trying so hard not to turn this into a rant. LOL!!). At the end of the day, having one positive response is just the thing to soothe this tender soul of mine. :)
For example, I had a very positive feedback on this particular commissioned design I just finished (would you believe that it's a bridal shower invitation??). Just a few generous kind words was enough to make me feel good, knowing that my hardwork has really paid off. It's really as simple as that.
So anyway, let me also just thank everyone whom I've had the pleasure to work with for all the wonderful positive feedbacks they've given me. Rest asure that they have not gone unnoticed. I am like an elephant with a very long memory and plenty of love to give back. :)
Stay happy and productive!