College.

So… I got in to college, which is pretty amazing.  By the time my interview came around I had basically convinced myself that it wasn’t going to happen… so to say I was surprised would be an understatement. I don’t think it’s completely sunk in yet though. There’s so much I still have to organize (finding a place to stay, getting my house emptied, applying for funding, etc) that a small part of me is still mentally preparing for failure. I’m certain those feelings will dissipate once everything is more-or-less sorted, but it’s going to be a long process… which means that doubt is going to be hanging around for a while.

On the plus side, whilst all of this is quite stressful, it’s a less immediate stress than the kind I was dealing with in preparation for my interview. Where the housing and funding is concerned, I can only make so much progress at a time (due to having to wait for e-mails, collect evidence, etc), so I’m able to detach from it quite easily at the end of the day, whereas when I was working on my portfolio I felt like every minute I wasn’t actively working on it was a minute wasted. Plus, the deadline here is two months, as opposed to to weeks – which also helps

As a result, I’ve got a lot more time to relax and just enjoy myself. I’ve been playing video games a lot more than usual the past few days (due to re-discovering Animal Crossing), but come next week I think I’m going to start working on a new art project. One of the most recurring problems I had during my portfolio-development period was the fact that I kept on having really cool ideas that I just couldn’t justify spending time on due to them not being relevant to the course. Now, however, I don’t have that obligation, so hopefully I’ll be able to revisit some of those ideas and see what comes from them.

I’ve been trying to start a comic for years now, but always find I get bogged down in the writing process (because I need to know what’ll happen in issue 100 before I can draw issue 1…). So one of my ideas was to experiment with short fan-comics, so I can focus more on the art & page composition and less on the plot. With any luck, I’ll maybe follow on from that with an original comic of some kind… but we’ll just have to wait and see. If I come up with anything particularly good I’ll probably try to scan it into the computer, colour it and upload it somewhere, but I’m not going to commit to the idea at this point – it’ll likely depend on how busy I am at work.

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