So, it's been awhile since you all last heard from me. Over a year ago now, by my previous journal entry, and I left you all on a bit of a cliffhanger. So, over a year later, I suppose I should let you know how things are.
In November 2012, I went through an experience I hope no one ever has to go through. In a perfect storm of trouble, my hard drives and backups were all destroyed in a single day. And because life hated me that day, my cats knocked a glass of water onto my laptop and damaged it, too. I lost ... pretty much everything. With the exception of a few things I'd had on a USB drive and what we could get off the laptop, I lost over 7 years worth of files, including all of my artwork. All the original PSD files. Everything.
You have no idea how depressing and discouraging that was. For a long time I couldn't draw at all. It hurt just to think about it. It was exhausting to even come up with a single idea that wasn't work related. I cut back on my freelancing and focused on my day job, and it got me through.
I now have a fully functioning computer again, and a brand new laptop that I can use for work thats even better than the desktop computer. I've switched to cloud/off-site backups and no longer have to worry that a freak accident will destroy everything I've ever done.
And a couple of months ago, while looking for something else, I managed to turn on one of my older model laptops. One that barely works. And discovered that for some unknown, wonderful reason, I had at some point put a copy of the original PSDs for all of my artwork on that computer. I have my art files back (and backed up properly now). It's a fantastic feeling. It's not EVERYTHING, of course. Anything I'd done in the intervening time between putting those on there and the computer failure was still lost. But it's 95% or so, and that's good enough for me.
A few years ago I took the plunge and got back into theatre. I studied theatre in college — acting, directing, design, you name it — and actually interned in theater for a couple of years. I burnt out on it a bit, and life forced me to have to make other decisions. However, in 2010 I started acting again, then got involved in other aspects of theatre, and was eventually hired on by my local community theatre as a graphic designer, marketing and social media manager.
This has been a blessing in a lot of ways. I'm branching out and doing stuff that's incredibly creative and that I really love. It does mean that I've lost time to work on freelancing and my own artwork. But I have some really fantastic design work that I'm very pleased with and would like to show you all. Particularly my set design work.
So, expect to see a slight change in some of the work in my gallery. I'm still doing some freelance illustration on the side, and fantasy art in my spare time, but I'm also going to be adding some of my set and theatrical design, as well as poster designs and some graphic design as well.
On a more personal level, I'm drawing again. Painting. Experimenting. I have a particular character on the brain lately that insists on being drawn. I'll probably be posting some work along those lines in the future. It's been a while, and I feel a bit rusty when it comes to personal artwork. It's been too long since I painted things that made me happy. It's something I don't want to stop doing, though.
I've got two set designs coming up at work, one in particular that I'm super excited about because of how creative it's going to let me be. I'm hoping to get to share those things with you all. Hoping enough of you are still watching this gallery to care.
I'll be posting a backlog of some of my theatrical work soon and doing some clean up on my gallery as well to make room for it.
Hope you guys stick around.