So I’ve been freelancing for 16 days without a regular gig. I’ve sent out well over 100 resumes in the past month as well as have submitted bids for dozens of freelance / short-term or one-off jobs. I’ve only heard back from a handful; most of which want an onsite designer. I may have gotten a regular once-a-week comic strip gig, but I’m waiting to hear back on that. Unfortunately, a lot of older companies still live in a world of cubicles and a routine that best fits old school management and not the modern lives of its employees and clients. Something is bound to catch but it’s a little disheartening.
In the meantime, I’m working on a comics pitch, a children’s book, and a coloring book. The coloring book is strictly for my daughter. She turns 7 in February and wants to be an artist like her old man. It’s really sweet and makes my heart glow when she talks to me about wanting to draw, paint, and even teach art. Like most 6-7 year-old girls, she and I don’t see eye-to-eye on what we think is cool to draw. I love unicorns but they’re not really my go-to drawing subject. But I love her and want to make her happy and I will be honored to hang her colorings of my drawings on the refrigerator. Here are a few (click on each for a bigger view:
When it’s done, I may offer the coloring book as a $1 pdf download.
But the title of this post is STAY BUSY, and that’s what I’m trying to do. Even without the day job, my days are pretty full. I’m up at 6:50am to make lunches and get the Bigs up and ready for school while Mom gets ready. They’re usually out the door around 7:30-7:40.
After that, I usually spend an hour or so cleaning up, doing and putting away dishes or laundry. My wife works only 10 minutes away, so by 9:00-9:30, I get the Littles ready and we’ll usually go pay a visit to Mom at her office. By the time we get home, it’s getting close to lunchtime so I’ll make lunch for Atticus, Arlo, and myself before trying to spend the next 2-3 hours oscillating between working on new art, looking for work, and playing with the Littles.
At around 2:00, I pack up the boys and head to Huxley and AubreeRose’s school to wait in the car line until 3:00. This helps the Littles get their nap in and gives me an hour to listen to podcasts and do a little more work on the iPad. This works out well because otherwise, Atticus won’t easily take a nap before 5:00 and he’s just a monster by then. It’s a good routine that’s working so far.
Once the Bigs are out of school, we come home, do homework, and play until Mom comes home. We usually do dinner around 6:00 with bathtime and chilling out before bedtime, which is usually between 8:30-9:00. After that, my wife and I will relax in bed, watch Hulu or Netflix, and dick around on our phones and/or draw some more before we retire for the night.
I have a lot of fears and worries about providing for my family and it’s definitely a lean time at the moment, but I hope that the things I am working on will help secure my family a decent and comfortable future. However, knowing that my children are in the best care we can provide (an actual parent), I am confident that my example as a loving father and someone who is working towards goals that are also things he loves will illustrate to my children that what matters in life are those you love and doing things that matter to you.