I would love to just have an entry at some point where I say "HAY FRIENDS, tell me a thing and I will sketch it for you." My plate is a bit too full for that right now, sadly, but I will
do it in the future. As much as I need to make money doing this to live... I also like to do little gifts now and then. It means a lot to me to be able to delight people with what I do, whether it's with the end result of a big painting they commissioned or a little doodle in the mail they didn't see coming. I have a few people on LJ, actually, who have had gifts coming to them for ages now... one is half-finished in a bin under my desk because it turned out to be more work than I could handle at once when I first tackled it. But there will be art!
Sometimes I make things and don't really know what to do with them. One example is a set of buttons I did in January based on Japanese mythology:
It's a daruma doll, kitsune, and oni. I don't know whether to actually get them printed or not. I wanted to try to get them done on fabric buttons because I love textured buttons (most nowadays are paper with plastic over it) and because then the daruma design could actually be used
like a daruma doll (otherwise I'd print a design with pupils). But if I do, I'd have to find a market. I don't really do anime cons right now, and I have a feeling attendees at those are more concerned about their favorite characters in this or that anime or hentai thing than mythology-type stuff... but I'd really be shooting in the dark to bring them to a furry con. I don't just want them to go to waste, though. I think I did a decent job on 'em.
I've also been drawing a lot for personal projects that are running alongside my more professional ones and commissions. A lot of stuff ends up on my tumblr
As for life, I've been exercising more and feeling okay about it. It's not very interesting, and I don't like feeling sweaty, but I'm sure it does good things for my mood. I've also been doing a lot of laundry because otherwise it gets backed up since my mom is out of the house so often. I have my license test scheduled for the end of the month and am practicing driving more so I can pass with flying colors and feel more comfortable behind the wheel. I need to clean my room.
I haven't really been actively collecting Pokémon since last year because my income is very unpredictable right now. I'm putting a lot into getting my creative channels off the ground as a career, and I may not be able to spend much on fun stuff for a good while, so I've been avoiding pkmncollectors
to keep from feeling tempted or getting annoyed at being unable to buy something cool that's coming out. Honestly, I still need to finish BW2! I've never let a Pokémon game drag on like I have with this one. Every title previous I finished in three to five days. I suppose it's just the way it's going to be for a little while given my life situation, though. I don't think leaving the fandom entirely is anywhere in sight; I just need to take it at a different pace than I'm used to right now. Besides, I do have my Scraggys and Arceuses and a whole zig-zag shelf of miscellaneous plush to keep me company.
I'm actually debating doing more sculpting work a little later in the year when my to-do list is clearer. I haven't offered charm or sculpt commissions on LJ for some time, and they can get overshadowed on sites where I offer everything. I suppose I could always make something popular (an eeveelution's a good bet) to auction off and use that to gauge current custom interest.
Looking forward to spring since there'll be a lot of migrations in the wildlife reserves in our area and bugs coming back. I'm thinking about maybe rearing some moths from caterpillars this year. You can actually order them like butterflies. There are some native species I'd love to see firsthand but never have, like the Royal Walnut moth. In the meantime, Dad and I are planning to go to the Academy of Natural Sciences in town. They have an exhibit called "Butterflies!" which I've read also features some moths. I hope they have an Atlas moth when I go - they're the biggest moths in the world, and gorgeous. Honestly, after learning all I have about moths, I don't understand our cultural emphasis on butterflies as "popular bugs" other than the fact that they come out in the day far more often than most moths. Moths aren't "ugly butterflies," there are way
more species of moths, and moths came first in evolution! Maybe I'm just obsessed and this is all a silly thing to worry about.
Sometimes it's a luxury to worry about silly things.