After a surprise two-and-a-half month vacation, this is what I have to show for myself.
I broke my ankle the day before I was supposed to fly back from Baltimore and the aftermath was depressing. I needed surgery and I was immobile for weeks and weeks. Not only that, but large amounts of time were spent utterly useless on pain killers. However, I was determined not to let this become a total loss. My immobility left me with not much else to do except for draw and write. Painting had to take a back seat, but my pen and ink skills took a turn for the better (in my opinion).
I’ll be honest, I was fighting depression every step of the way here. But I was determined to make something of this experience. I was confronted with crippling debt from medical bills and being out of work for months and it put a lot of pressure on me. Even my grandma called me out on my life choices.
“Katie, you have a degree from UCLA. Why are you working a minimum wage job?”
Good point, Memine. I hear ya.
The thing is, it was a gut check. I didn’t want to sell out for a desk job just yet. I’ve never really given this art thing a shot. I’ve thought about it. Sure, I made this website, but I’ve never REALLY tried to make something of all of this (dare I say….talent?) so I spent my bed-ridden days and nights drawing and thinking and drawing some more. And this is what I came up with:
So without further delay… here is the product of my environment over the past 77 days.
Lots and lots of coffee mugs:
And cross-hatching mountain ranges…
And drawing Minions…
Among other things…
This is me, once again in my element. It’s good to be back.