My writing has once again lapsed, primarily because I have been so busy lately. As I keep saying, for a guy with "no job", I am awfully busy.
First off, the holidays were the usual bucket of stress and trouble, but in the end things turned out nicely. I was able to give a couple of small gifts to a few people I love, and in return I got a few very awesome things, like an air compressor to run my airbrush with here at home. I sent my little sister a hat I did just for her, and the game 'Life'. To Megan I gave a jigsaw puzzle featuring art from the Beatles' film 'Yellow Submarine', and to her nephew Ryan I gave a graphic novel. I also received coffee, a gold mesh coffee filter, paint, paint pens and other art supplies, blank t-shirts, and a couple of books I've been wanting to read. In the end it was just the immediate family, with Ryan and his parents in Idaho with another branch of the family and my mother in Portland with a dead car. I hate to admit it in light of my earlier pessimism, but it was a low-key good time.
Right around Xmas was a sudden jolt of life to my art career, which included doing a pair of custom sneakers for a client (a guy nicknamed 'Sharkbait') through Showcase, the clothing shop I work with downtown. I undercharged on my first paid gig because I literally didn't know how much I could reasonably ask for, a mistake I will not make again. Nevertheless I delivered a kickass pair of shoes. I also picked up three pairs of roller skates from a shop which supplies the local roller derby scene, which will be used as display models at the shop. In return for this the girl who runs the place is setting Megan up with a pair of skates worthy of using (the ones I am painting are old rental skates from the 60's and 70's which weigh about three pounds each); after delivering the first pair they offered to let me work through their shop on a similar arrangement to the one I have with Showcase, that is, they'll display my work, take orders for custom art from customers, and pet me nicely when I ask. In return they get a cut of my fee and the reputation of having an awesome in-house artist who takes custom orders. Just yesterday I also picked up my first shipment of blank t-shirts from Showcase, which I will do custom graffiti art on, and will then be sold in the shop. After I got home I received an email from the girl at Roller Doll; she had two customers wanting their derby helmets painted, and wanted to know what I would charge. So today's big tasks include cleaning up the art studio and working out a price list for my services...
In addition to this I am also trying to line up a DJing gig at a local retirement home, of all places. I talked to them about doing remixed jazz for their entertainment night like two months ago; they found my info on a "tiny slip of paper buried on a desk", read it, and called me back finally. I'll be dropping a pro bono set on the 29th to see if the old folks dig what I'm doing to their music, and if they do, I'll likely be invited back on a regular (and paid) basis. Oh, and I'm doing some art to be featured in a collaborative show celebrating MLK day-- another entry for today's list: concept art.
2011 is going to be a busy year for me.