One resignation, seven books and a christmas calendar later

My latest personal piece, a wolf painted just for fun!

It’s been a year since my last post, and I’m finally back.

It took some time to find a way to balance life and work in a healthier way, as I’ve been extremely busy this past year, barely leaving my workstation for months. I’ve finally had some down time this summer, and wow it feels surreal since I’ve been used to work wor work for so long.

I’m pretty sure that burying myself with work has been my way of dealing the the pandemic. Art was the only thing that I could control and it’s been nice to shut the world out and only worry about the next deadline closing in, preventing myself from geittng sucked into some sort of mental darkness.

This somewhat obsessive behaviour of mine has resulted in 7 children’s books already published so far this year, got the opportunity to illustrate this year’s Christmas calendar which is pretty big here in Sweden, and even more freelance gigs. Guess my freelancing career has really taken off, and nedless to say I’m incredibly grateful of that. I promise to share more later on!

Started by skethcing and painting the base in Procreate, but then I moved back to Photoshop for the finishing touches. Comfort zones ;)

I’ve also realized that I’m extremely good at being alone.

I can be social and I’m not so shy, but lately I’ve realized even more how introverted I really am. I’m actually able go full hermit from time to time if I need to, and that turned out to be really beneficial for me last year.

This pandemic has definitely reminded me of how much I love doing things all by myself. I’ve been running my freelancing business on the side for over ten years now while having a creative day job as well. But there has always been something that has felt a bit off. Let’s just say that my freelancing haven’t really been appreciated by some people at my day jobs through out the years. I tried my best to please them but no matter what I did it was never enough, It has finally taken a toll on me. I have a lot to say about this, so I’ll definitely try to collect my thoughts and write some more later.

Here are the steps as well, hopefully you’ll find them helpful.

Anyhow, last fall I finally took a big step as a fulltime freelancer. I’ve been loving it ever since. I love the freedom, I love all the creative space I’ve gained because of going solo. Why haven’t I done this sooner? Haha. Bow that I think of it, it’s probably the biggest change during this past year and I’m sure I’ll write more about this too in an near future. The ups and downs.

In the meantime I hope you’re doing well and I’d like to thank you for sticking around.

Talk to you later!

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  1. Tej 26 July, 2021 at 23:14

    Glad to see you back here Andrea. The way you dealt with pandemic, you took a negative situation and turned it into something positive and creative. And the art you made will be enjoyed by many people. That’s really cool. Make sure to keep that healthy work-life balance no matter what. :)

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  2. Niri 14 August, 2021 at 20:18

    Hej !
    I’m just dropping this comment to say that I’ve discovered your blog some time ago and I don’t know , I really love it; your articles, your style are so inspiring that I almost come back here to read them again and again everytime I feel discouraged, or when I come across a period of art block ;they encourage me, somehow, They are both cosy and encouraging ^^
    ( You also motivated me to get more into digital painting and to draw more animals ! )

    So I was happy to see a new article and see that your freelance career is doing great !
    The feeling of get stuck in art because of too much others jobs etc. aside, I kinda feel it. Especially as an introvert, it’s harder because we can’t dedicate ourselves to what really appeal to us 100%; but glad to see you’ve managed to do it during the pandemic !

    I wish you all the best in your fulltime freelancer career and life in general and I’m looking forward to seeing your thoughts about it or simply admiring your amazing art ^^

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