Hiya, my pals. I hope this new yr is treating you nicely. It has been glorious for me to this point. Quickly I must announce the 2023 Ecuador chautauqua about money and meaning, however earlier than I do I will give a short replace on what I have been as much as.
Deciding to increase my sabbatical from Get Wealthy Slowly indefinitely has been liberating. The second I dedicated to this, it was as if a heavy load have been lifted from my again. I will pursue different passions now with out remorse. I do not really feel responsible. I do not really feel like I would like to offer myself “permission”. I simply do what I need, and it is superior.
Is not this what monetary independence is meant to be?
How I Spend My Time
My meals and health decisions have remained robust now for six weeks. (Official begin date of my re-dedication to well being? December 13, Taylor Swift’s birthday.) I am lifting weights thrice per week. I am strolling roughly 5 miles per day. I am doing yoga. My alcohol consumption is method down. Extra importantly, I am making smarter meals decisions.
I am losing a few pounds, sure, however for as soon as I am not obsessing over the quantified outcomes. I am making an attempt as a substitute to concentrate to the precise habits and routines. I am centered on the course of as a result of finally that is what issues most. (That mentioned, I am happy to report that my blood stress has dropped from a median of 144/96 in early December to a median of 126/84 this week. Yay!)
- The canine and I proceed our mission to stroll each road in Corvallis, mapping the farm stands and little free libraries we discover.
- I proceed to work within the yard.
- I proceed my adventures in cooking.
- I proceed to handle my mom’s property.
- I proceed to observe loads of films, together with the Wednesday evening second-run movies at an area theater. (Tonight’s film? Patrick Swayze in Highway Home. Not a movie I might choose for myself, however I am watching no matter this place decides to indicate.)
Principally, although, I have been exploring artwork. Particularly, I am instructing myself cartoon.
A Clear Line
I took some pictures lessons twenty years in the past — and I even offered a photograph to Audubon journal, which suggests I can name myself a professional photographer (ha!) — however I’ve by no means created every other types of artwork.
I’ve wished to discover ways to paint and draw for a few years now. Since October, I’ve floundered determining the place to start out. Do I study watercolor? Educate myself to attract? Discover different mediums? Do I study from YouTube? Take college lessons? Educate myself from books?
Final week, I spoke with a few precise artists. One is a buddy from highschool who makes her residing by promoting folks artwork at native markets. The opposite is a Get Wealthy Slowly reader named Jacob. Jacob is a civil engineer by day however works with watercolor by evening. (His stuff is great!) These two conversations gave me some readability.
You see, I am drawn to visible storytelling. As long-time readers know, I am a life-long comedian ebook aficionado. However I’m also obsessed with film (particularly cinematography). To me, comics and movie are basically the identical factor. I wish to study to inform visible tales like this.
Speaking with Jacob final week helped me work out the place to start out my journey with artwork. Jacob has the data and expertise and vocabulary to parse my ramblings and inform me what it’s that pursuits me and start exploring it.
I like illustration. I just like the ligne claire type of drawing, most famously seen in Hergé’s Tintin comics. (Though Hayao Miyazaki’s work is not strictly ligne claire, I believe the films of Studio Ghibli embody an analogous type: clear and easy characters drawn in opposition to detailed, real looking backgrounds.)
“If I have been you,” Jacob instructed me, “I might choose one medium and use that to discover illustration.” Gentle-bulb second!
So, that is what I have been doing for the previous week. I’ve picked a medium — ink, however particularly brush pens — and I am ranging from scratch studying how to attract. In the meanwhile, I am watching YouTube movies and studying books. Jacob inspired me to take in-person lessons and workshops, and I believe that is a good suggestion. I will take a look at these later within the yr.
As a result of I am ranging from sq. one, I’ve many a whole bunch (and 1000’s) of hours forward of apply forward of me. I’ve quite a bit to study. I am okay with that. To date, it has been enjoyable.
Yesterday was revelatory.
First, I lastly got here up with an preliminary character idea for Penny Brief, the ostensible heroine of the cartoon I have been plotting for the previous two years. Impressed by Dr. Seuss, of all folks, I discovered a method to attract her.
Additionally yesterday, I started exploring coloration my characters. To date, I have been utilizing solely a black brush pen to make easy drawings. (The Penny Brief pattern above was drawn with a regular Sharpie, nonetheless.) Shade hasn’t entered the image. However on a whim late yesterday, I added coloration to a sketch and voila! added dimensionality.
Fundamental stuff, certain, however that is the place I’m on this journey…
I will admit that a lot of what I am doing with the artwork is scattered. I flit from one mission to the following. I will be watching a movie after I discover an fascinating body, pause the film, and spend the following hour making an attempt to attract what I see. Here is a pissed off Chihiro from Spirited Away that I drew in my artwork journal utilizing Papermate Aptitude pens.
As a result of I’ve by no means completed this earlier than, most of what I am doing is primitive. That is wonderful! I do plenty of copying and imitation. Additionally wonderful! It is enjoyable making an attempt to determine these things out. I can draw the pinnacle of a cartoon canine, for example, however I wrestle to attract the physique. So, I’ve spent a lot of time enjoying with completely different physique kinds.
Or, take eyes for instance. I imagine eyes could make or break character design. It is so bizarre to spend two days obsessing over how eyes are drawn, however that is what I did. Completely different artists method eyes in several methods. Every methodology has its benefits and downsides. Which type do I take advantage of for which characters?
Principally, it is plenty of repetition: drawing the identical characters time and again and time and again till I’ve the actions memorized. The kitchen desk is piled with papers that comprise the identical basic sketches repeated dozens of occasions.
Anyhow, all that is to say that I am having a very good time. I am in a very good psychological area — one of the best psychological area I’ve present in virtually a decade.
And you understand what? This break day has helped me to see that maybe I haven’t got to desert Get Wealthy Slowly fully. Maybe all that is required is an angle shift. As an alternative of considering GRS first, I can deal with it as secondary (or tertiary!) in my life. When I’ve one thing to say right here, I can say it. Possibly which means lengthy gaps between publication and that is wonderful.
Within the meantime, I’ll proceed having fun with this era of my life. It is fulfilling. It is simply what I’ve wanted.
Postscript: Like I say, I must formally announce the 2023 Ecuador chautauqua on money and meaning. That is what I sat down to do that morning, however as a substitute I wrote this replace on my life.
The fundamentals are this: In late July and early August, I will be becoming a member of a few of my favourite people (Jess and Corey from The Fioneers, Tanja from Our Next Life, Jess and Lauren from Bitches Get Riches) to debate cash and that means throughout a retreat in Ibarra, Ecuador. That is my fourth time presenting at one in all these occasions. They’re all the time superior.
I will publish an official announcement subsequent week!