I have an announcement to make:
Effective at the beginning of the year, I have stopped using Tumblr for more than posting artwork. From now on, I'll be writing journals a bit more frequently... this is effectively my blog, now. Probably once every couple of weeks, is all.
My life is... really, really good right now. I feel better about things than I have in a very long time. I've been very blessed, lately.
At the end of last semester, I was pretty miserable. I had just applied to one of my school's art programs: Illustration. It was a bit of a gamble - you only get so many shots to get in, and I am late enough in my college career that things are getting dicey. However, I felt really good about my application - I'd talked to a faculty member about it, and he'd encouraged me to try.
A few weeks after I submitted the application, I got am email, announcing that the Illustration department had come to a decision, and that all of the applicants could come pick up the letters of acceptance (or not,) and their sketchbooks.
I hadn't turned in a sketchbook - the website hadn't told me that I needed to.
I was in a panic - I thought that my application was a decent one, but suddenly it was missing a large piece. It was mortifying. I went to pick up my letter the next day, completely miserable. The lady at the front desk told me that the sketchbook requirement was new, and they'd only mentioned it in a lecture class that I wasn't enrolled in. She told me that if I didn't get, she could look up some advisers for me to talks to.
So I was 100% sure that I was out of the program, and... that was pretty rough. I put off opening my letter for a while, because I was not ready to deal with rejection.
But, somehow, I got in. I was shocked, and really, really happy. I may have almost cried, actually.
I had to go to work right afterwards, and my coworkers all asked me about it - but it turns out they ALL KNEW BEFORE I DID. The punks. You see, I work for my school's online course department. I'd pinned up some of my art in my cubicle, and my manager thought it was really neat, so she went and grabbed the lady in charge of the Illustrations for the online classes. She was ALSO on the committee that looked over the applications for the Illustration program... and she recognized some of my work.
AND THEN... a few days later, she came in to talk to me... to offer me a job, working as an Illustrator. Something that, I've come to find out, is unheard of for someone who just barely got into the program. (She actually had to explain to me what "thumbnails" and "comps" were - I've just been calling them "roughs" before. )
Anyway... as I said, things are really good for me, right now. I'm a little bit intimidated by my job, and the art classes I'm in aren't easy... but I'm feeling a lot happier than I was about a year ago.