Last night I had the pleasure of hanging out with my buddy, and very talented illustrator Fian Arroyo. I've been very tempted to dive in to the digital art world and he was gracious enough to show me his set up and give me a few tips.
We had some great conversations over the course of the evening and shared some tips, tricks and resources. This morning it dawned on me how important networking is within this ruthless business of creating and selling art. Many artists, including myself, are guilty of being introspective introverts and loners. Personally, I love my alone time, however I consider myself more of a social person. I worked as a waiter and bartender for 25 years before becoming changing careers. I went from a highly socialized job to pretty much it's antithesis when I became a full-time artist. Part of the inspiration to change careers was becoming a father, I started to think about my legacy and weird concepts like that that had never crossed my mind before, but I digress. Now I'm a father of two young boys and my wife has been in nursing school (going for her BSN) for what feels an eternity. Life has been challenging at times and my social life has suffered like a family pet who lives outdoors tired to a leash.
Last night was a crucial reminder that I need to make more time to socialize and network especially with people who share my same passions and interests. Watching Boss Baby or playing cops and robbers (why am I always the bad guy?) with my kids is wonderful, I truly love it, but there needs to be some balance doesn't there?