Been in Mexico volunteering full-time since November, and still loving it. So happy to be here, even if it means less time for painting. I get two days a week to focus on art, and evenings when necessary. Pretty much all that time goes towards client work, which would be the reason why there have been so few updates here.
But next summer, I am planning to finally hit Gencon and scout out the big-name art directors. Their marketing manager was my mentor back in Seattle, and while I'm sure he will be very busy during the convention I hope that he might be able to help me with some introductions to art directors he knows personally. Of course, if my portfolio isn't up to snuff it won't make much difference, but that will be the aim of the eleven months of preparation that lie ahead. I am hoping within the next couple months to transition out of client work for a while to focus exclusively on putting together everything I've learned the past year and making a killer portfolio. It's been a dream of mine to land a MTG contract with Wizards, and I'm starting to feel that I'm ready for that.
Of course, what I really want to do is just spend a year studying all the landscapes around the town I'm in and figure out how to capture them decently. This town is in an amazingly beautiful part of the Baja--right now in the summer heat, huge thunderheads grow over the sea of Cortez and cover the eastern horizon with a massive wall of billowing clouds. I want so badly to just take a day to go paint those, but time doesn't seem like it will permit this month. Sad that landscapes aren't in as high demand as character pieces, but maybe I'm just missing the right clients.
All the same, I am just so immensely thankful to God to be here, working with the kids and families I love and still being able to paint and do contract work. My spanish is getting better, but I'm still missing a lot of slang and some important vocabulary. Still learning what it means to be a servant, and still struggling at times to quit myself of some of the garbage of my old life. Still fearful as an artist, but hopefully I can get rid of that with time. Fear of failure slows me down so much of the time, makes me miss painting when there was less at stake. But I'm getting better, and getting a clearer idea of what I want to make in the future.
I know that this blog post is in the same vein as much of what I've said before, but it still feels good to get it out there. Once I get a new kindle and have all my art notes back, I will try to address something different for a change.
Hope all is going well with everyone reading this, and thank you for your attention.
This time next year I'll be at Gencon, if anyone has any plans to hit that let me know. "Be a warhorse for work, and enjoy even the struggle against defeat."