Hey all, Term 6 coming October 23, only editing left to wrap up, just finished recording today!
Didn't go much faster than last term this time around despite what I hoped for unfortunately.
Here's a bit of context, for those who dare read through all this.
Once upon a time...
I mentioned last time I wouldn't take a break after Term 5 and jump right into this one which I tried to do for a good 3 weeks, but then I just couldn't. I reached my limit. I couldn't spend a single minute working on ART School in the whole of August, I just hated every moment spent in my office and I couldn't get myself to sit down long enough to get anything done. Working on ART School since September 2017 non-stop, I neglected my personal art to the point I did pretty much nothing for myself for a year straight, and I just burned myself out. I don't think it ever happened before honestly so I wasn't sure why the hell I was struggling so much.
My wife suggested I take a solid month break which I thought was crazy since I was already getting anxious with the lack of progress I was making, but a couple more days of pure misery really did it for me and I decided to go for it and take August off, work on my own art, try to feel better about myself and recharge my batteries. I'm really glad I did.
I took the month to draw whatever I wanted, catch up on other important life stuff and hang out with my family for a change. It didn't take long for the fire to come back and now that my personal art is back on track and I feel good about it, I'm actually really excited to finish ART School and put in work for your guys. The weekly live streams have also helped a ton, it's like therapy in a way, getting to connect with real people and seeing all of your progress.. Thanks for showing up each week guys <3 The streams never stopped for that exact reason as you probably noticed!
All of this to say I'm back now, after finding out I'm not invincible after all. Even better, I found out what was missing this past year - ART!! I've been overworking myself for years now so I figured I was just used to it, but if this pause made me realize anything it's that I'm only able to cope with work as long as I keep being creative and doing art for myself, using it as a way to unwind, escape. It's my drug of choice I guess?
I know a lot of you probably couldn't care less about any of this but the last thing I wanted was for the content to suffer because of my lack of.. enthusiasm (to put it mildly). Now I feel I can keep on giving it my all, so you can still expect top-shelf classes to keep coming for the next few months until ART Schol is a WRAP!
Enough of this rant though, I just wanted to say thank you for being so patient with me and that I'm really looking forward to the rest of the classes. The final project begins Term 7 and I'm especially excited about that since I'll be working on my own along with you all. I feel a strong pull to finish now whereas I used to continuously have to push myself, it's a good feeling , haven't had that in a while.
Once again, sorry about the delays and sorry for anyone who read through all this, time for a nice night of sleep and a full day of editing tomorrow.