It’s been a rough year so far. There’s been a lot of life changes and personal crises and accomplishments. Lots of good, lots of bad, lots of change.
As a creature of habit, change doesn’t usually bode well with me.
I’ve taken time away from 99% of freelancing work, aside from the occasional lettering commission that I take on only because I want to. I’ve cut out every single thing from my life that isn’t necessary for me to survive — because right now, all I can ever guarantee out of any particular day is that I will survive it.
The circumstances of my life aren’t shameful. And if all I can do is survive, I’ve done more than enough.
The idea for this particular piece came about as a result of my insensitivity towards a friend who was in a similarly hard place in their personal life. I asked too much of them at the worst possible moment, and realized that just like I’m doing all I can to survive and sometimes can’t do emotional labor for others, I can’t expect others in complicated life situations to do emotional labor for me.
If all any of us can do right now is survive, it’s enough.
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Below is my process for this particular piece. I do plan on selling it on various products, so please comment below to let me know what you’d like to see it on!