This is an update of what I've been up to this year.
In January, I participated in the Global Game Jam and made a visual novel with two other amazing girls. We were the only full female group at the Vancouver site so I'm glad we represented! I was the background artist and secondary programmer. We had three days and two nights to come up with a concept and create the assets on site.
(Full details and gameplay available here:globalgamejam.org/2015/games/y…
I thought this was a crazy way to challenge myself at the beginning of the year and it was definitely worth the experience.
I mentioned I graduated last year and will be looking for jobs at game design and
cartoon studios. However that's not completely true, I started looking at my options and even wrote up some cover letters and made my portfolio but I haven't actually applied for anywhere. "Lazy Alert!" is what most people are thinking, but I have my reasons. For people who know me in person, and especially those who have worked with me, "laziness" is far from how I carry myself in life. One of my reasons is that I am working towards a dream of mine. It's old dream I had since I was in highschool and a simple one. I want to accomplish this dream before I work towards my long term goal of being part of a long running series for a studio. The dream is to sell my art at a large anime convention. This is going to possible this year since our artist table group won the mascot contest and was awarded two full tables at the longest-running anime convention in Vancouver, Anime Evolution. But that also means my dream just took a huge shortcut and I need to dedicate my time in making enough art to sell.
I always remind myself to have a clear direction of where I want to go. I don't plan
ahead, I just know what I am aiming for. And that makes me happy.
So after graduation, no job? How am I staying alive? I do have a part-time job and I get commissioned once in awhile. My part-time job is teaching kids how to draw at a
daycare. Half the time I teach English while applying it with drawing skills which makes it fun for me and the kids. The hours are short so I am living from paycheck to paycheck but I am comfortable with that. I have acquired a great skill from teaching kids, whenever they get rowdy and accidentally injure my toes, I can smile it off and they quickly apologize and calm down because they could tell it was painful but I am still smiling. However if they injure my hands, I am less forgiving and give them the death stare hehe.
My health has seen better days.. three days ago I experienced vertigo for the first time. I think it was due to straining my neck from drawing. It's a type of dizziness where the room was spinning continuously and rapidly even though I was lying down and not moving. It lasted for about half an hour and when I closed my eyes it felt extremely uncomfortable. Since I am highly sensitive to motion sickness, this meant a huge kick to my stomach and a brick in my head type of feeling. I am still trying to recover. When I lie down, I feel nausea and once every few hours I get a huge headache. Now I know what vertigo is and I hope this doesn't happen again anytime soon.
The relationships in my life are amazing, two best girlfriends, tons of close friends who
never judge, and a loving boyfriend. I really can't imagine how I can function without
them. My family is also well but I rarely see them, so I need to work on that. That's what I have going for my life, I hope my fellow deviants are working towards a better life for themselves as well.
Cheers and have a great day~