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Things are happily hectic these days. Consider this a report-card on my independent commission-career.
My wife is awesome, our baby is happy (except for the teething) and we've managed to spend some really good times with our nephew this summer.
Career-wise, thanks to Symbiartic on Scientific American, I've interviewed a ton of really fascinating people involved in the art+science intersection and have no end in sight to new posts for that blog. It's a real science-art movement, and I'm lucky enough to be a part of it.
I've been attempting to be less precious with my artwork, and dive into more sketches. The Flying Trilobite has been great to just put up my little scratches.
Lately the thing I'm most excited about are the opportunities that are popping up from so many unexpected places. Thanks to everyone who's thinking about me and my artwork for being inspired enough to want to work with me. It keeps me going.
Like Spider-Man, I've recently begun meeting and collaborating with more and more super-people in the arts and sciences.
I have to be careful though.
Some exhaustion is setting in. 4 part-time jobs. I'm currently working an entry-level retail position with a lot of part-time hours to help pay the bills. I'm still doing social media (Twitter) work for a major national retail brand and hoping to add more clients like that so I can potentially stay home with the baby and work from home. Symbiartic is a blast, and I'm giving that my all. I have a couple of exciting science-art commissions right now. And I'll be giving another talk on science-art and blogging at Harbourfront here in Toronto next month.
Like Spider-Man, I have the ability to do some spectacular things, but the fridge is all-too often empty since spectacular abilities don't always pay the bills.
Despite the 4 part-time jobs, money is really tight at home and each month is a challenge. It's easy to lose focus on what's next. My big hope at the moment is to take on 3-4 new social media clients like the one I'm already doing, and let go of the retail. Then, evenings and weekends open up for Symbiartic and commissioned illustration.
Recently, a good talk with my wife's uncle let me really step back and look at the big picture again, which is why I'm excited for the future. I've been so focused on the immediate need to literally feed my family and keep the lights on, I was losing sight of how far I've come. Thanks to everyone for your support.
I'm expecting amazing things from myself in the near future, so you can too.
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Original artwork on The Flying Trilobite Copyright to Glendon Mellow
under Creative Commons Licence.
--> Find me on Symbiartic, the art+science blog on the new Scientific American Blog Network!