Crowdspring Book Cover design for “The Pot-Limit Omaha Book” by Tri Nguyen

So here’s my submission for a Crowdspring client seeking a Book Cover for their poker guide. This is the first time I’ve designed a book cover and it was fun, to say the least! The thought of having my work looking prim and glossy on a bookshelf is so appealing…

Anyway! Bless Australia and all its public holidays.
I’ve had two long weekends in a row and it’s really allowed me to get back on the art horse. I’ve been scouring freelance websites and applying for jobs–mostly those posted by starving Authors seeking starving Artists.

One thing I must say is…freelancing is just as cut-throat and competitive as I dreaded! Although it’s my passion to paint/design, it’s hard to imagine relying on a paycheck that I achieved due to the downfall of another hardworking (and talented) artist. A majority of the freelancing websites I’ve found involve ‘bidding’ on projects (i.e. trying to “sing and dance” to get the client to pick you instead of someone else). Even after just one day of ‘bidding’, I already find myself severely stressed out. This sort of system not only exposes you to experienced freelancers (which can really diminish your confidence), but the sheer volume of freelancers alone is sickening! Most projects averaged at least 20 or 30 submissions, meaning every potential job has that many competitors to fend off.

I suppose having competition might not be completely negative. I mean, it’s pretty easy to get motivated after realizing that there is an obligation to showcase your best talent (because if you don’t, someone else will get the job–and you’ll essentially look/feel like an imbecile). I guess it’s just knowing that I must clamor over others for each and every project that makes freelancing dreadful to me.

….onto positive thoughts!
A common question I get asked is, “why the hell are you in pharmacy, Najin?” Well, the above ^ rant can unveil some good motivation for me to find a stable source of income (that doesn’t involve starving and fighting other artists for sustenance). Breezily dispensing pills from 9-5, then coming home to some recreational (or professional, if I so desire) artwork sounds so nice. It’s the optional recreational/professional aspect that makes the difference. I won’t be forcing my future family into a poverty pit, nor will I have to pull my hair out worrying about my next paycheck. The only major downfall I can foresee is not getting as much exposure to the art realm as I’d like. But if I dedicate my 5 pm + time to art, there’s no reason why I can’t progress as if it were my fulltime career.

Bottom line–I’m excited to finally be proactive in my freelancing pursuits, but I’m incredibly grateful that I won’t have to rely on this as my sole income. I guess pharmacist by day, freelancer by night will have to suffice for now!

And derr ain’t nuffin’ wrong with that.