Since I was 8 years old I’ve always been actively involving myself in freelance art. In elementary school a group of kids would print out pictures of Dragon Ball characters and sell them to other kids for quarters and dollars. The idea of making most money was to be able to find and print the coolest picturesâ€¦ I however, decided to draw the pictures myself. I would take request and be able to come up with custom contentâ€¦ all the kids began coming to me to buy my drawings of Dragon Ball characters fit to however they’d like, extra armor or even SSJ13, haha.
The hobby of making art, and the sense of achievement of being able to sell my art continued with me over the years. In middle school...I would make card games and sell packs of cards to my friends who really liked the game. In the first year of high school, when I was introduced to the world of the internet forums and Runescapeâ€¦I started pixeling forum signatures with people’s characters as a way to make serious money in-game, this form of making money was later banned though. Second year of high school I began to play Ragnarok, and I did the same thing. With my pixel art I was able to quickly acquired staff positions and wealth over many private servers.
After the second year of high school, I decided to home schoolâ€¦ and this opened up the free time and flexible schedule to take my freelancing to the next level. But not having teachers, or having to go to a formal class room enabled me to make the choice of how to prioritizeâ€¦ obviouslyâ€¦I chose art over all else.
This eventually led to the thinning of school hours, and I’ve suffered greatly. Its been a year and a half since I’ve homeschooledâ€¦ I’ve graduated at the age of 16. My plans are to start applying to college, before I can do this I have to take test like the SATs (I never did in high school).
I find myself spending a lot of time on freelance artâ€¦ due dates..Deadlines and making crap I don’t even care about has finally stuck a nerve. I need to focus on school and life goals a lot more.
As of now, I will no longer accept or seek freelance work.
This is actually good news for most of you readingâ€¦ any free time I get I will devote on Efencea, and other â€“hobby- related art. No pressure. No deadlinesâ€¦ just pure fun. I’m aiming at 2-3 hours a day, excluding Thursdays and Sundays, and maybe any other day of the week I choose to hangout with friends.
So yea, all the stress is gone. A lot of clients are upset, but I’m happy.
*I have edited this post. 3:47pm EST Sunday march 15*