Another summer has come and gone.
There used to be a time when I loved the summer season. Used to be when I would go on well-earned vacations with family and enjoy some rest from a long school year.
But seeing as how I've been out of school for quite some time, it's been all about making my mark in the job market. And in this day in age, finishing college just doesn't seem to be good enough anymore. This summer has been spent looking for a second job, one that would be a step up from the current job at a local movie theatre. Two such efforts drained much of my nights and weekends working part-time, but neither has led to anything long-term.
Beyond the job market, my computer was in the shop for much of August, which kept me away from my regular work. (Submitting resumes and re-composing cover letters had its limitations during this period.) The past month has involved fighting off a summer sickness and recurring sore throat, due mainly to our inconsistent summer weather.
For the past two years, summer has become the most stressful time of year for me. This year though, it's been particularly exhausting.
There are some bits of good news. One local group I have been volunteering at for the past year and a half has recently become a part-time job, which unlike my previous jobs, is more in line with my field of study in the graphic arts. Another similar group is evolving into a safe haven for local career-minded artists, and is finally picking up some freelance assignments.
A minor setback spoiled my plans to leave the movies by the end of this month. In the meantime, I will be working an temporary independent contractor position, which will be double the amount of work (ie: money) as last year. Also, with the help of my parents, I was able to trade my old car in for a new one. The old car had become just that, and was evidently eating into my funds this year. The new one is used, but is more modern and in remarkable condition.
All of which play into attempts to move my life forward. To find jobs that offer more than minimum wage. To earn enough money to rent an apartment, pay off student loans, and take my girlfriend on nice trips every so often.
As known by my dA viewers, all of this outside stuff has meant less time here. Over the past year, I have only been able to produce one new drawing per month. Many of my latest drawings have been reserved for a more professional portfolio. I still come to dA for fun. The past couple months however, have drained a lot of my creative energy. Now I sit here, as my sore throat clears up, doing some crude sketches to rekindle the creative kettle.