I’m a workaholic, and while many may say that’s not a healthy thing, I’d have to disagree. It all depends on what you do for a living. I’m up at 5:00 AM almost every day and working by 5:30. Unless we’re on vacation (on what?!) or camping, I don’t ever sleep in. I’m one of those freaky morning people. It used to annoy the hell out of my coworkers when I had one of those ‘job’ things.
I find myself at the end of a pretty busy few months. I finished up my bookkeeping and handed it all to my accountant yesterday so he can file my taxes, Seiler’s course is all wrapped up, the Indiana Jones caricature was uploaded to my printer (that’s a company, not a piece of hardware) for postcard prints and I’m in between deadlines. Funny how it all came to a head in the same week, but it all got done and I’m able to take a bit of a breather, before another busy week coming up. More on that in another entry.
Today, however, I’m taking a Saturday off. But what does that really mean? It’s too early for camping (oh but it’s sooooo close), and Shonna is working today, so we won’t be heading into Calgary or doing anything else. We’re also in the midst of a spring snowstorm, so it’s an indoor day.
That means I get to have a day of learning new things that I haven’t had time for. I am a learning junkie, addicted to it in the best and worst way. I can’t get enough information. In my little office, I have two bookshelves full of books on Photoshop, cartooning, caricature, illustration, animation, 3D modeling, character design, and photo reference books. On top of that, I have two shelves of magazines that are chock-full of tutorials, interviews, articles, and helpful resources. I have an online magazine I get every month as well. Then there are the training DVD’s…colour theory, Photoshop (Channels, Layers, and Masks, oh my), 3D software, animation, and a bunch of Gnomon DVD’s from the likes of Neville Page, Dylan Cole, Dusso, and David Levy.
I spent a good hour this morning watching Joe Bluhm’s Digital Podcasts…a very talented caricaturist. But I think the rest of today is a Neville Page day…I’ve been itching to get to the 2nd DVD in his series on digital painting.
So what does a workaholic artist do with a day off? He finds a way to fill it.
OK, I’ll take a couple of hours to play the guitar, but that’s it.