A day in my life is probably more alike yours that you expect (depending on who you are exactly). While I may not turn out to have the most glamorous of lives that I’ve always imagined being an artist would entail, I hope my day inspires you in some way or makes you smile for better or worse.
As a lot of you may (or may not) know, I started ‘Teecaake’ as my gap year project before I went off to university. It wasn’t something I at all ever planned doing but somehow, in the past year everything in my life has found itself revolving around my self-made brand per say. So all in all, it means that I basically haven’t gone to school or college for a year and naturally my days have mostly been centred around my beloved desk.
My days always start with coffee. And surprisingly it really is like a scene from the movies with the constant dreary tumblr-esque rain in the background seeing as I live in one of the wettest cities in the UK. I then find myself finishing the drawing I was too tired to do the night before. I risk working on a completely new drawing being the ‘art-junkie’ I am before my dad tells me I really should have breakfast seeing as it’s almost midday. (In case you’re wondering, I do brush my teeth, make my bed and have a shower prior to the coffee.)
The prospect and scope of art that you can create is always so endless, it’s sometimes difficult to keep up with yourself.
Instagram is a big part of my day. There’s nothing like being cheered up by the lovely messages so many of you guys leave me on a daily basis to get me through any kind of day. Although there’s always that one person that asks me why I don’t draw faces and I have to physically refrain myself from pulling a ‘Hulk’ and answering politely.
I also spend a great deal of time looking for things that inspire me. The prospect and scope of art that you can create is always so endless, it’s sometimes difficult to keep up with yourself. The more I add to my ‘inspiration blog page’, the more paranoid I slowly begin feeling at my duty to create art out of all of them.
Packing finished custom journals or art prints then turn out to be a great way to stall my mind from my self created anxiety. Writing the addresses always scares me because I have recurring nightmares of my work not getting to the correct address or being lost in the post. This then leads to me glaring at my postman harder than I intend to when I go down to collect my own post. I know they mean well! Persuading dad to drive to the post office to send off the packages off to the likes of New Zealand and France is my next conquest most days. The thought of walking for 7 minutes to my local post office insults my incredibly lazy and desk-hogging ‘artist vibe’. Although the entire staff at the post office seem to know me very well and ask where I’ve been when I don’t turn up for a few consecutive days. ‘Business isn’t going as well this week,’ I’ll say in reply and that’s about as interesting as a day like that’ll get!
The thought of walking for 7 minutes to my local post office insults my incredibly lazy and desk-hogging ‘artist vibe’.
I think I’m pretty accurate when I say artists spend a lot more time looking for inspiration and planning ideas in their head than actually working. Planning and envisioning a piece of work is much more important than getting it down on a canvas or sketchbook. That’s the easy part actually. But the thing with being an artist is learning how to balance your art life with your actual life. For those lucky people who are full time illustrators or freelance workers, it’s probably a lot different, but the strive for balance is something I personally struggle a lot with. Being 19 and still clueless about what direction my life is taking me in, it’s difficult to juggle something that you really enjoy and want to excel at but maybe aren’t necessarily being supported to the full extent in. Daily chores and responsibilities always get in the way and when you have that many complications and things to mull over, concentrating on a self-run business/brand proves tricky.
I’m obviously incredibly privileged due to the way I’ve been received by my small little fandom but I think there are definitely cons to what I do on a daily basis. There are times, mostly in the evenings I think when everything just feels a little heavy. It’s always a good idea to make sure you give yourself some down time from working. Otherwise you can end up feeling very consumed by what you do. Art sometimes seems very selfish in the way it hypnotises you away from everything. You have your artwork on one side and everything else on the other. I find spending time with my family, my little sister in particular, a great day to overcome that. (She asked me to mention her on this blog post, so here you are, gremlin!)
I end most days by trying my best hand at promoting ‘Teecaake’. Timezones are a real challenge to get your head around but I find most of my followers to be active in the late evenings. So I usually time my posts accordingly to reach as many people as possible. With Instagram’s new story feature, I also try to share as much of the art processes I take my work through as I can. I think people enjoy what I post considering no one’s told me to stop yet!
So there it is, guys! A day in the life of what it’s like to be me. I hope you’ve learned something new about me or about my kind of lifestyle in general. As always, if you have any questions, be sure to leave them in the comments below.