....my very first day at a new job. The past two years I've worked from home doing freelance for just about every conceivable type of project. I've done concept design mostly: for an animated feature, props, video games and a couple small start-ups needed illustration or other design related work . Before all this, I was freelance but working 3 days at The Jim Henson Company (as an Art Director) Before that, I worked full time there. Soooo, it's been 6 years since I've had a "first day" on the job. I'm feeling some jitters. But, that is normal...right?! Just like the first day of school I have a new outfit, have sharpened some pencils and woke up extra early. I'm both excited and scared.
One reason I'm excited is that I will have regular hours...well, hopefully. I do know that I can't possibly work non-stop like I do at home. The past several months have been unbelievably busy and my personal life has suffered from it. Go figure, huh? The freelance really starts taking off and I take a 9-to-5 job!! Anyway... I'm scared that I will not be "up to snuff" and that I will struggle to keep up with all the talented folks at this new place. But, I can remember starting jobs in the past feeling the same way, so I know I will eventually overcome that...by working hard and diligently. I'm excited to make new friends. But I'm scared that I won't have the same freedoms I've enjoyed over the past many years, like taking off for long weekends or visiting my parents on a whim. I'm excited that I will have a regular paycheck again and hopefully, save some money. I'll miss my "Court TV" and the random breaks I take to scour the web for more lovely things to view. Most of all, I'm excited to learn and face all my new challenges...to learn the tasks of a Character Designer.
I don't plan on writing details about my new job here. This blog is still primarily a place for me to post new doodles and drawings (and sometimes OLD ONES) when time has run out and I don't have anything new. Like today. Today's drawing is of Nessie, the Loch Ness. She comes from the same project as Red, the Black Bear (posted below) so, the drawing is a couple years old. This depiction of Nessie shows her to be a bit of a "Marianne Faithful" sort of Punk. She shares the house with a whole slew of Cryptozoology's finest and spents most her time in the Jacuzzi. No one understands her thick Scottish brogue. Her housemates assume she's brilliant though.
OK! Off to shower and get ready for my "first day"!! Wish me luck!