So, just felt like writing a journal. I think most of them start off like this.
So I'm on summer holidays now, needless to say I'm just waiting to go back to university in October. still a couple of months to go, day at a time approach. In the mean time I've been drawing a lot, trying to get out of my comfort zone, so figure drawing, trying dynamic perspectives to enhance my composition, I still have a way to go but I'm happily making progress.
When I get back I'm thinking...well not really thinking so much as I want to get a Cintiq. Although I'm having trouble deciding on model. I'm worried while the 13 inch model may be too small but I can get quite cheaply but I worry about the work area on the tablet. I use a Intuos Pro M right now which has plenty of space since before that my last two tablets were S's (Ancient Bamboo Fun and Intuos 4) So I'm more attracted to the 22inch Cintiq but I'm worried it is two big for the space I've got. I wish they did a size in-between, mabye 18 or 19inch model. Even so its a very expensive decision but would be a sound long term investment, I'm hoping when I have money again (October) I can get one used or an ex-demo. Its a shame I can't really go somewhere where I can just try one out to see how it feels. The reviews on youtube have made me feel more confident in getting the 13inch but I know I'd likely just want to upgrade to the 22inch sooner or later, I can definitely get a 22inch in February though when I get my Bursary from university, naturally I want one sooner.
The internet here had really gone to hell, and its weird because its only our line, however we are switching provider on the 18th of this month so hopefully that will help things and potentially also be better than who we are with now, although since we're often running at dial up speeds during the day time I think any change would be good. If it works out I'm going to start live streaming painting so hopefully I can get some real time critique but also help other aspiring artists. So I will posting details about that when it comes to it. I have been doing one to one session for friends through Skype when the connection allows it either teaching or just for fun.
So other than all that, I've been taking it pretty easy. I've been doing a little job hunting here and there no luck, but given my location I'm not at all surprised, I know I could probably get some work at a local book factory I'm a temp at, but I'd only do it if there was no other option and I was desperate, my rent is already paid in advance so I'm secure in that regard, I probably will phone them in September time when they usually have a lot of openings. I would be lying if I said that the work and environment there I was comfortable with, the staff are very shitty to temp workers in that you're accused of being lazy when you take your break, its incredibly noisy because of all the machinery and for some reason you are expected to know how to fix the machines if they go down with no training. But I'm keeping my eye out elsewhere, and I've got some friends seeing if they can find me anything, the main problem seems to be that any work that is around is full time and for a minimum of six months which would conflict with uni, but if I can find something part time I will take it.
I've also got to properly get started on my BA7 for uni, having a head start would be a huge advantage. I know what I'm doing and what I want to do for my project so I'm not stressing over which is good, but I'm also not putting that much work into yet, needless to say I've got plenty of time but I'll try to get on top of that by the end of the week.