Freelance, Moving and new toys

It’s been a crazy month, I’ve moved out of the city and back to the Scarborough seaside. I needed to see some crashing waves and trees rather than office blocks.   Until this point I was working full-time at Pixel Bomb Games and then taking on freelance work on the side. Slowly working towards building a big enough client base to go it alone.  This has been the first week of being solely a freelancer. It’s very early days but so far I’m feeling good.  I’ve made enough to pay the rent and I’ve also managed to do some personal work.

I also finally bought a Cintiq 24hd. Very exciting. I have been saving for this for a couple of years but never had room in any of the flats I have lived in.

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The final push to get one came last month when I was invited down to the Disney Studio in Brighton to meet the team and have a look around. They were using Cintiq’s and couldn’t say a bad word about them. Before then I hadn’t ever got my hands on one.

I would recommend getting one just for the unboxing experience I don’t know what I was expecting but it was like an epic puzzle from Tombraider getting it out.

Another awesome thing about freelancing is that I’ve made myself a schedule and it actually stops. For the past two years I’ve got up gone to work, come home from work and carried on working till I went to sleep.  I can actually now do other things. I won’t lie though; these other things will still be mostly be art related. But being by the sea I can get back into surfing too.

One thing I love about being a freelance concept artist is that one day I’m designing Tattoos for a single client and the next I’m working for the US Navy. (Americans have no fear; they haven’t asked me for ship designs, YET.) But it is extremely exciting work. Some of my recent private work in progress commissions you can see below.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Freelance, Moving and new toys

  1. Awesome, I’ve had a Cintiq 21UX for a few years now and don’t know what I’d do without it. Is it true you can’t remove the stand on the 24HD? I have my Cintiq on a monitor arm which helps to get it into a nice comfy position, and also handy for rotating the screen around like a sketchbook!

    • Yeah I don’t think that it comes off, but because its weighted i can use the movable arms to pull it wherever i want. so i can have it upright like a monitor or pull it down over my lap like a sketchbook. Im loving it, i love drawing by hand but always struggled with photoshop linework but now it is so easy to get the right lines.

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