And six months later…

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Well hello everyone! I know it’s been a while since I promised a reflection post on a Sunday that never came…until today!e…until today!

And what happened today to get me writing? First a WhatsApp message urging me to write for once and for all, and second! Today I make six months in Freepik, six months working, six months in which my life has given a big turn and well I suppose then that it’s a good moment to get the head rolling again about life. So let’s get to it.

Well I suppose that the first subject to treat is work, after all this is like an anniversary post.

So…work, was it like I thought it would be? I have no idea, because when I come to think of it: I actually never had an idea of what work would be about! It’s true I expected certain things, or maybe not, sometimes it’s difficult to isolate thought from the past and the present.

I  wish not to disappoint you because of the fact that there are certain things I don’t want to bring out to the internet because I’m bound not only by my father but mainly by myself and my wish to be a great professional (right now I’m falling asleep and I want to eat crepes filled with dulce de leche) . I’ll do my best. Obviously depending on who you are if you ask me when you see me I wouldn’t mind telling you.

Well the thing is I like to work and I like the idea of what I do on Freepik, of course there are days and tasks more interesting than others but that’s life and you have to deal with it weather you like it or not. For example: I totally hate translation days. I was born with the ability of translation but not with the taste for it, and I must say that those days are long and boring. But on the other hand I really like dubbing for example, or the idea of creating tutorials (I say the idea because I find myself with unnecessary restrictions that hold me back so much that something I could love and enjoy I end up feeling totally unattached to it and just want to finish as soon as possible, but! What normally would take me a couple of hours, takes me three days. So when I’m asked “Is there something else you rather be doing in Freepik?” the answer is “No, I’d simply do things different” I wish that my passion for my work wasn’t constantly shut off. Sometimes I wonder how I keep a up a cheerful and positive attitude… And because of the previous paragraph I have to bite my tongue (my fingers in this case) and stop about what “I don’t like”, so let’s to about what I like and other things!

Well I really like my “Fishbowl partners” (When I entered Freepik, three other girls came in with me and they put us in a crystal room the called the “Fishbowl”) and we totally connected from the beginning and it was the first time since I lived in Malaga (18 years now) that I felt totally “welcomed”, like if I were one more (That had only happened in Madrid when I went there to study), and I think it’s really cool. They are four equally strange, in their way, ladies which you can share your most bizarre and ridiculous ideas and thoughts.

Also since I work (and have Cash, cash, money, money…) I’ve been able to go out a lot more, like in the old days (a.k.a Madrid), and I’ve met tons of new people (you know I have a something for strangers), meet new places (In and out of Malaga) and buy yards and yards of fabric (my briefs collection is increasing monthly) (Part of the fault is that I’ve discovered a haberdashery that sells a lot of elastic laces and trimmings)…so basically thanks to money (Cash, cash, money, money…) I get to do whatever I want without having to care much of the expense.

And what are those things I’ve been (and will be) up to? Well for example, I went to Rome! Never been to Italy (I think I already talked about that voyage, so I won’t go over it again), I enrolled another (yes, another) lingerie class, I’m going to salsa class, in a couple of months I’m running a Spartan Race, I’ve increased my shoe collection (sorry dad), this summer I’m going to spend a whole week in France (hopefully getting a new job) and another week in Galicia (learning to surf), I wish to go to the Schoolism Workshop in London… and a lot of things more that will come in the way. Man this post is not my best work folks, I guess today I’m not in my deepest mood…

I suppose I have a lot more to say, but I feel like today might not be the day, I tried my best but I’m too full of energy (and I don’t know why because I can only eat chicken and swiss chards) (I’m on a stupid detox diet because of an allergy caused by medicine…). I guess what I would like to say with this messy and sense less post is that I’m really grateful, for the life I’m living, ok that I’m very far from where I would really like be working, and who knows if it might be years until I get to work on my first film, or I actually might never work on a film, that’s what I would love to, but does that mean I failed live? No, I suppose not, maybe I will have to spend my morning translating other peoples work in the morning for a living and drawing backgrounds for pleasure in the afternoon as long as I do my best in both activities and enjoy of what I have around everything will be more than fine. I know they will be days in which I’ll hate all my friends that are working in movies (which happens already) (I even have a friend working on Pocoyo! Is there justice in the world? Clearly not) and think “mann why didn’t I make it??”, luck? Talent? Lack of contacts? They are hundreds of ways of life beating us around, but since my experience, if don’t expect anything (I don’t mean you don’t have hope. Hope must always be present), work hard giving your best and not looking to the others castles you can have an awesome life. Why does a person working on Disney has to be happier and more successful that the woman who works beneath my house waxing other peoples legs?? Why? and some of you might be thinking…really? Well yes, I really think so. There are tons of people in the world and only a few work on “Top places” (if those even exist) and that does mean that they are more happy and successful than the rest of the world? Sorry but no, I don’t believe that, and if you think that I think you have a very mediocre thinking, AND THIS IS A BLOG THAT WISHES TO FIGHT MEDIOCRESY! (I’ve just received a mail totally unexpected…the content was “good” but it has totally ruined my day and I’m feeling how my face is getting all covered by a rash) (I’ve lost were I was going! Stupid Spa! Always messing around since the first day I met you…).

Well since I totally loosed track and the urge of getting back to my backgrounds let’s make a quick ending:

-If you are not were you want to be: Work hard and stop the excuses

-Be happy and in peace wherever you are but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to improve. You have the OBLIGATION of improving!

-I hope you don’t hate me, I’ll try to appear more often.

-I love you people

-Until the next post!  (Or not)

If Marilyn knew!

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So, you know that sensation when you have been studying for very very long, you make the exam, write down all you know and after fell super relieved and like you don’t want to do anything else? well that’s a bit what happened to me last Monday (remeber I was waiting for a Freepik call?) and that’s why I kicked in the butt my promise of writing on Monday and went out to buy a new pair of red shoes.

Let’s go step by step:
-What was the call about?:
You are not going to believe (because it took me awhile to believe it myself) BUT! chan chan chan I FINALLY GOT A REAL JOB! you know? In a super cool office (In the first picture, the “where things happen” that’s going to be my office) (yes the one with the hammocks) (the are putting in a whole new computer, desk and recording equipment at this moment) , whith a salary, a timetable, WORK MATES… man! when I got off the phone with the lady I totally burst in to tears, I could not believe it, so much effort, this whole year suffering and fighting and I made! By myself! I had assumed that I wouldn’t get a job without someones help, but I DID, and that makes me super proud and also makes me happy thinking that this can give you hope if you don`t have contacts (don’t get me wrong, most people I know who got in with the help of a contact deserved it, and I’ll help who needs it if I can, but come on! achieving those things by yourself?! That’s too awesome)

-Why shoes?
Why not? First of all I love shoes, second I needed a new pair for my new JOB (wow this is never going to get old) and third once in a while a gal needs a treat (and come on people! I totally earne it)

And what now? Well I start in a week (Monday 20th) I’m going to give the best that I can and a bit more, of course I’ll keep trying to get into cinema business (that’s what I studied for) and I’ll keep working as a hostess once in a while (you know “me va la marcha”) but only on the ones that are compatible with my real job and the ones I like (like last week) (goodbye black suits and ponytails).
I would like to make a vkspdl drksrwr and maybe a vjdpl drksrwr (I prefer to keep it secret in case I don’t feel like doing it) about my working experience.

And meanwhile I keep flirting with the video world, playing around and I’m starting to be very in to it so I recorded the process of my latest background for you to see and maybe get inspired! Enjoy!

Byt he way! what I’m going to do in Freepik is work hand by hand with the Art Director on all the tutorial stuff, recruting, editing, dubbing all the videos (as my dad says I’m going to be known as “The Freepik voice”), working on the blog… in the future I’ll probably do graphic resources, but by the moment just tutorial (which if I have to be sincere I prefer by know). And so that is all for today, I’ll keep updating about the “Freepik world” and you know waht comes next!
Until next post! (or not)

I’m alive

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So hello people! With this horrible interpretation of a Saul Bass poster I shout to you that I’M ALIVE!

So I know it’s been A LOT since the last time I wrote around here, don’t even remember! wait a sec, and let me check the date… HOLY GUACAMOLE April 17th! almost two months! Man what a bad host I am! But people! I’ve been so occupied lately! I’ll try to keep up this thing more often so I don’t have to write gigantic post!

(A little aside comment before going into the real subject. I’ve been over reading the blog and man! This thing is quite interesting! No wonder so of you desperately call for more!)

So let’s pick up where we left it, which is at the EAACI congress. Ok so after that I want to spend a week to the Canary Islands with my good old friend Naomi. We went for an Animation Festival “Animayo” which was a really revealing and embracing experience, man! all the speakers where soooo passionate, interesting and so generous with their experiences and livings, I came bakt to Malaga with the batteries fully charged and so motivated with hundreds of ideas. It’s been a really mind changing/opening. I hope that whatever you are into (animation, medicine…) you get the chance to come across with this type of people. That week I also took care (or so I hope) of some other things I have going around which I’m not going to talk here, who has to know it, knows it (y lo sabes) (Hulia and co.).

Ok, after that I got a call from one of the hostess agencies I’m in for a 6 day promotion (3 days/2 weeks) which was terribly boring, long and pointless, but well good money came in with it (and a very cool mug) (bacause I was promoting cups from a bank) (as you know I always get the most weird jobs), actually there isn’t much to tell about this (and a bit also because it goes in conflict to my purpose “don’t speak bad of people” and well, no comments) (If you ask me in person I’ll totally tell you).

And so we get in this week! The week I finally get a hostess job that is actually interesting and non-boring!!! I was called (just for an afternoon) to be a “Beer tasting assistant”, and no, I wasn´t called to taste beers, I just served the different beers, open bottles, and throw away glasses… basically like being a waitress, yaehhhhhh all this crying about bartendering and stuff payed of! I learned a couple of things about beer, I had a nice looking partner (a bit dumb, but good looking). When we finished and cleaned everything we got to take some beer home and everything really entertaining.

So as you see things are coming in to place finally! BUT! There is more! yes people THE NEWS *drum roll* I FINALLY REALLY GOT A JOB RELATED WITH ART. I actually don’t believe it yet, and it’s been a month already.

Of course it’s not a normal job (it’s in a graphic design studio) and what I do is video tutorials for their blog. This week came out the first one and it seems it works quite well.
I suppose you expect something very long about it but they told me the other day that the head of Mrketing is going to call me with good news (they told me this on Friday, and have no clue what it could be about…son imagine my nerves…) well I’m going tho save all the artistic job thing for a new post tomorrow (In the hope of having something new and exciting to tell). So you will have to wait until tomorrow, sorry! and my grandparents have just arived and I have to tell them all about the job and stuff son I sadly have to abandon you for today! But I’ll be good and leave you the link yo my first video 😉 (you know, give it a thumbs up)

Until next post! (or not)

My latest discoveries!

Well I’ve been thinking the whole weekend how I have accidentally skipped (again) the MARIA’S MUSICAL FRIDAY, and how I hate doing that section a day that section a day that is not Friday, but this week I had a really awesome song that I wanted to share with you guys so I was in a bit of a conflict.

I was this afternoon with my Nathan Fowkes background class and showed us an amazing artist and I felt the need of showing someone, which I haven’t. So I’ve decide to write today about those things that have come across me this week and that I have found really inspiring or whatever, so grab on and lets start!

Society6

The other day, a woman asked me on my FB Page, where she could buy prints of my artwork, and since I have never thought of the (real) possibility of someone wanting to do that I wasn’t really prepared. So! I remembered Society6, I knew they did this kind of stuff (I mean print your artwork so people can buy it) and immediately went over and created an account. My surprise came when I saw that not only did they printed your art on canvas or similar, they also sid the typical t-shirts, mugs…BUT! the also put your art on rugs, mobile cases, pillows, bed cover, SHOWERS CURTAINS!!!! Who would have ever thought my art could possibly be turn in to all those stuff! SHOWER CURTAINS people!!! I’ve always hated those stuff, but I would definitely buy now with my art on it!

Leggings and shower curtains?? Two things I would have never imagined…

As they say in Society6:

“Every puchase pays and artist”

So: MY SHOP

Thnaks!

We love Disney album

Next thing! The We love Disney CD (I haven’t made any investigations about the subject, what I say I what I’ve deduced by what I see) that it seems to be an album released last year with classic (and not so classic) Disney songs sang by artist such as Jason Derulo, Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly… the are quite good versions (some of them are so similar to the originals that wouldn’t deserve to be called versions, but they are all nicely sung).
My personal favourite? Never had a friend like me, by NE-YO.

It seems that Youtube artist have done the same (I actually came across this one first) I don’t really like them as much, but there is one I totally love and find the most original of all, and it’s Tessa Violet’s (yes, here she is again) I wanna be like you.

Mika French singing

I really love Mika, I love how he sings, his elegance, his lyrics, his face, and everything, but I had no idea that he had songs in French! So this week I’ve come across Boum boum boum…and it has totally been the song of the week, please enjoy (and the video is quite interesting too)

And another one 😉

Scott Willis

Great inspiration for backgrounds!

 
Sigue el tablero Scott Wills de Maria en Pinterest.

Value studies

In my Nathan Fowkes class from today, the assignment was to grab 12 images from films, other art pieces, pictures… and bring them down to 3 light values (values can vary from image to image), when he has sent the assignment it didn’t sound very fun, BUT! I have totally loved them and have found them terribly useful, to understand certain things when creating your art (I’m telling you, the Schoolism one year subscription is a good place to spend your money in).
I’m totally going to keep doing this type of exercices, they don’t take me long and I hace ease with light simplification, so here I leave you a little selection of what I made today!

Well I’m tired, it’s late and it’s been a very productive day, I also have my butt sunburned and I have to shower, so you know what comes now…
Until next post! (or not)

Work hard!…In a real direction

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Hey People! (and welcome to me muffin friend who I didn’t know read this (yay another woman to the ranks!)) I have a question for all of you:
How do you keep reading this pile of mumbling of continuous crying and constant deception? I really admire (and thank) you.
Well it has reached my eyes that some of my dearest readers where left quite worried because of my las post and I came to assure you people! I am recovered (now you might think I live on and emotional roller coaster, that changes really fast, well I have been like that but I think that I’m settling down, nothing like confronting and embracing reality) (you might still think that parting from my last week state I couldn’t possibly be recovered I must tell you I’m emotionally easily recovered, really easy).

It also helps that spring is coming, I’m also a summer lover, so I can go to the beach, my tan has started going on, I might not be going to Annecy but instead I’m going to the Canary Islands with my best friend, I’m goin to publish in a fanzine… so we might say things are starting to come out.
So in this new “stage” I bring out all my skills and I design patterns, I sew custom prom and wedding dresses, I’m not afraid of freelancing and I’ve opened a Society6 shop! (This is probably the best page on all the internet! YOU CAN GET SHOWER CURTAINS WITH MY DESIGNS ON THEM) (ISN’T THAT AMAZING?????) (Even I would buy them, despite I hate shower curtains))

The last post was so depressing (But true) and I remember writing in in a “hangover” mode so I’m not really sure what I wrote and I’ve been willing to delete it, but I’ve been to busy doing more interesting things, so when I finish this one I’m going to modify it, because they are some things I really don’t need know running around the internet, and as Edna Mode would say: “I try to not look in to the past, it distracts me from the future”. And some of those things kinda distract me so I don’t want them there, if you read it, yay you! if not, sorry you are late! jajajajaj
So know I go back to work! Thanks for being there and you know!
Until next post! (or not)

PS: Remember how last post I complained because of the fact that that I was stuck in 99 followers on FB? I GOT TO THE 100! If it has been one of you thanks! And if not, you can keep help me rising that number here!

 

My first artistic job. Yayyy me!

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The sooner I write it the sooner I get it, what? you might ask: A JOB. Yes people! last Tuesday I was writing the “about” section and complaining about the topic and half an hour more o less after publishing it I got the awaited mail and after a few more mails crossed the job was finally mine! And so I start today! yaayyyyyy

It’s my first artistic job, but not my first job and as all of them in the past this first artistic employment isn’t really normal. And since the year is coming to the end and people are fond of making list of their year memories I´m not going to be less and I’m going to make a list on the odd jobs I have had along my life.

My first “real” job (I say “real” because it was the first that money didn’t come from any relative, because I’ve been earning my money since I was 8), came when I was 16 in a flamenco dresses (typical spanish) shop called El Rocio. I saw the announcement in the window shop and immediately got in and asked for it, after I few questions like how old was I or if I could get a partner, so I left them my number and went back home.
At 9 am of the next Saturday my mom pulled me out of the bed and put me on the phone, it was from the shop, they have hired me and that started that day in two hours. I immediately called my cousin (that was my partner in crime) and told her to come rushing to Malaga city (she lives in an near town).
We got to the shop (late), the put us the flamenco dresses and send us with a couple of banners to walk around the street. So that was my entry in the working life, all covered in ruffles with a banner walking around the streets all summer.

We took pictures with hundreds of tourist and became friend with all the human statues that work in the main street.

My second job was kinda normal, but only lasted 7 seven hours. It was a as waitress in a wedding in a big hotel. Of course I had to wear uniform and of course I spilt a tray over me, full of gazpacho to be more specific.

My next job was in a sports foundation. I had to wear a tracksuit ( which is my most hated type of outfit) and there I had different task, depending on the event some days I spoke through a mike and others I organize little gymnastic brats.

The next job was a bit…bizarre. This time I worked with my sister as a partner and we had to go around the flea market of La Costa del Sol giving hospital advertising to the tourist (it was a hospital special for them). Until here, everything fine…now comes the awkward part… we had to do it dressed as nurses… I have no comments on that. (it was a horrible job by the way).

And now we get to today! the day I finally start using my studies to earn some money!
As it couldn’t be less I have to wear a uniform: all black and classy, I don’t have problems with uniforms (as we have seen it’s my every job charge).
And what’s the job about? Well it´s for the Nespresso Christmas campaign (woaa Nespresso, that’s a big one). I’ll be sitting in a stand with a hostess that will wrap the coffee making machines and the I will have to hand draw illustrations on the paper. I’m going to feel like an artist in a signature session at a Comic Com or similar!
Well as always I don´t have much time to finish this properly, but I’ll come back (or not) with more working experieces, so by te moment.
See you in the next post! (or not)