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Fighting the burnout – Step 2: Baby steps

Hello! Welcome back!

Fighting burnout might take some time but what matters is to go one step at a time.

I already feel more excited and motivated than I was yesterday when I started so hopefully this is working.

Either way, thank you for accompanying me on this journey!

Below is today’s progress in pictures.

Halo

Today, I started with adding halos around some of the planets.

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Making a mistake… and fixing it

While painting the small planet next to the astronaut I made a mistake: I painted past the outlines that I had set and gradually enlarged the planet (think snowball effect) until it touched the helmet. I tried to make it look like the astronaut was overlapping but the planet was way too big both in relation to both the astronaut and the planets around, and it didn’t look too good so I had to paint over it.

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Extravehicular mobility unit (aka the spacesuit)

I find space and space-related stuff absolutely fascinating! Although for this piece I am not looking at any references other than my skecthes from February (see yesterday’s post), which is rare for me, I am still learning a bunch of things while checking the spelling of some words for this post (e.g. figuring out if ‘spacesuit’ is written as one or two words – the NASA spells it as one word so I’ll go with that, I mean those guys probably know what they’re talking about).

For example, in space talk if you take your EMU out you are not suggesting that you are taking a large ostrich-like bird outside of the spacecraft but you are actually referring to your spacesuit (or extravehicular mobility unit).

Okay I’ve just made up this example but an extravehicular mobility unit is actually shortened to EMU and it made me giggle that it looks like the name of the bird.

Anyway, back on track.

On a piece like this patience is key. I have to add layer over layer to make the colours more opaque, especially white.

Here you can see some progress on the spacesuit:

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Layering some more

I then added some more layers to the planets before I can start working on the details. The spaceship now also has a window!

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And this is where I stopped and where I leave you for today!

I hope to see you again tomorrow!

Intensive work: a survival guide

Hi everyone!

Long time no speak!

If you have been following me on Instagram you might know that it is because my workload got insane for 10 days.

During those 10 days I worked on a variety of projects but there was one project in particular which, although super exciting, had a very short deadline for the amount of work that was needed.

I normally tend to work a lot anyway but I’m telling you, I haven’t had to work this hard towards a deadline in a very long time!

So in order to make it I ended up working more than 12 hours a day for 10 days.

Working long hours for an extended period of time can take its toll on you both physically and mentally.

Here I compiled my experience as a survival guide. Some of the things I did instinctively, others I didn’t and wish I had in hindsight. I hope it can help you too if you ever face the same situation:

  1. Plan your work and prepare your files at the beginning of the project while your brain is still fresh.
  2. Be kind to yourself:
  • eat well (both in terms of quantity and quality – don’t skip your fruit and veg!)
  • drink lots of fluids
  • work out if you can, move around, stretch
  • take breaks and also rest your eyes, look away from your screens (all of them!)
  • SLEEP! (It might be tempting to skip it, especially when the deadline approaches and you’re still nowhere near finished but it will come back to bite you, believe me.)
  1. If you can, ask for help. Not necessarily with your work although if that’s something you can do good for you! I mean with the little things of life like grocery shopping, food-making (not having to think about cooking meals even once or twice can be such a relief!), house chores if you like things to be spotless,… whatever frees you some extra time and gives you some peace of mind. And don’t feel bad about asking for help: chances are that the people who help you are happy to do so! Just find a way to thank them once you’re done!
  2. Once it’s over, celebrate! Reward yourself! You’ve made it through (well done you!) and you deserve it.
  3. Rest! Whether it is a whole day off, half a day off or a lay in the following morning plan yourself some rest. Your brain and your body deserve it for being such stars when you needed them (remember: be kind to yourself)!

That’s it people!

These are the things that worked for me or that I learned the hard way.

Feel free to share your own tips for when work gets tough and your experience with us in the comments!

Speak soon!

Exotic week

Hi everyone!

It looks like this week I have been fighting the gloomy weather with some exoticism!

Tropical trees and plants – if you watched my previous videos you saw that I started sketching tropical trees and plants a couple of weeks ago. I got some new Inktense pencils (by Derwent) for my birthday and this week’s coloured sketches were an excuse to try them – they’re absolutely brilliant and I love them already!

Peacocks – they are one of my new obsessions at the moment. I am drawing and painting lots of them. What for? I am still to figure it out.

Etsy – my new products are up! Click here to have a look.

Doodles – Crazy what you can draw when you’re on the phone/Skype! When I came up with this whole page of bacteria I was like “What?!“. Have a go and see what happens!

Admin and database work – Not the most exciting job but necessary! I’m sure ‘Future me’ will thank ‘Past me’ for being so organised.

I didn’t mention it in the video but this week I also worked on some character concepts for one of my clients – exciting! Hopefully I will be able to tell you more about this in the near future but for now let’s just be patient.

A short week in the studio

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This week in the studio

Hi everyone!

After much thinking about where to take my blog this year it was time to take action!

I really enjoy sharing the ‘behind the scenes’ side of things on Instagram so I decided to carry on along those lines, make a video and see what happens!

I hope you enjoy!

Don’t hesitate to let me know what you think.

Have a good weekend!