2014 overview

2014 was a rough year was an emotional roller coaster.

Fun things first. We started the year with spending our holidays in Japan. It was my first time, but man I was impressed with kindness of people (eventhough, sometimes it feels very artificiality) and the food and the stationary. I love the cute stationary they have. Those these pasted quick and seems ages ago.

I got married in Augustus. Before the big day came, loads had to be done. Not that we wanted a fairy tale wedding, just plain and simple, but we still did underestimated the principle of wedding! We’re really grateful to have such lovely bunch and helpful family and friends! Love you guys!

Before we were married, we discussed a lot about housing. We lived two hours by train a part. Then we caught an eye on project. New house will be build in this year. Mortgage was an hassle to deal with, but not getting the mortgage itself. It was the laziness of the advisor. He seemed to be only doing his job when we’re at the appointment; asked for documents while we send it to him ages ago. It was so stressful. And we had a lot of appointments, because he wanted to go through the documents EACH time. The fuck! Like we don’t have to take some time off from work. It was a period with lots of stress too. Couldn’t leave my colleagues  to do all the work, fortunately, they understand and didn’t mind. Still, I was so irritated with the advisor and he knew.  In the end we’ve got our mortgage.

In October, I could sign the contract a steady job. Job switch, yay! Bye bye, hours of travelling. The new job was hell during the second half year. It was like working ten to twelve hours a day, I managed, but it took some toll on my health. Still, I love my job. 🙂

Not very good new. Heard from a quite few friend in their surrounds of some having a cancer. It’s horrible. As I think about friends and family around me, I appreciate them a lot, but should show it more. Not for granted that they’ll always be there. It will always lead to regrets. For this year for my birthday, I didn’t asked for a physical thing, but wanted rather having a nice meal with my family. I’m so lucky to have them.

Now on the art part. I was in 2014 a little more productive compaired to 2013. Just a little, lol.

I made my coloured comic and got it published. dere pulbished. It’s about a prologue a comic that I’m working on. Could have done much better, but am still proud.

Other thing is I started to improve my circle CheeseCake! Studio’s presents on conventions. We “introduced” posters. A lot of posters. It sounds weird, but our circle main focus is doujinshi, both original of fan. Merchandise was never a thing. After putting up pcv banner with posters and reorganizing stuff behind our table, the sales went up. The banner attracted a lot of customs to our table in the middle of packed Ocean of Dealers.

We had at Abunai convention our first panel about tabling in the Dealers room / artist ally as artist. The audience was shy at first, but after a few shyly asked questions and of cause the fun and warm answers of Cheesecake members, people started be enthusiastic and to overflow us with questions. We realized then that I became unofficial the manager Cheesecake and I already did the finance. The panel was incredible fun, even though we were asked in the last minutes to do it.

I’m glad to have a lot of fun planning for conventions and drawing, which was gone in 2013. I even considering in tabling myself when CheeseCake! don’t want/can’t do a booth. Thinking to be only behind an artist table, makes me shiver of anxiety. It sounds stupid, because I know the thrill very well.

My plans for this year art wise, always include to draw more. In the end, I didn’t do much. So this year will be different and challenge myself.

(not in a particular order)

  • Starting an art book – research what about what/theme and planning the layout.
  • Make a sketchbook (probably for Yaycon?)
  • Prepairing for Japan expo (paris) in July. Have to starting on expand my inventory.
  • Draw 20 concepts for prints/posters once a month

That’s it. Let’s see what 2015 will bring!!

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