Graphic Design & Illustration


This is the personal and professional blog of Illustrator and Designer Bryan E. West. Blog focus is on illustration as a business, the artist's journey, freelance, and the online art community. 

Fruits of action


I've been busy with a lot of self-initiated work lately, but still managed to knock out one of these #humpdayeditorials. This one is a little different. I've been pretty stressed about my work lately. I went full-time freelance this summer after the agency I worked at went out of business. I took the opportunity to try and make freelance work as my only source of income and it has been rough. One of the hardest parts is that I feel a lot of pressure for everything I make to further my career aspirations. Anything I make and post could potentially get me a job, and it's very stressful. The Quote here is from the Bhagavad Gita, and it sums up one of the key messages of the Gita, which is to do your work without clinging to rewards. To be alike in pleasure and pain and just concentrate on the task at hand. Being organized is all about setting goals, and it's so easy to get hung up on what you want to gain. Letting go of the end result and focusing on the process alleviates a tremendous amount of stress. This is not to say that you shouldn't set goals or strategize, but I try to think of these things as just part of the process rather than the life or death endgame. If your work is all about setting and achieving goals you are going to find out quickly how hollow those achievements are and how fleeting the pleasure is before you move onto the next goal. You really have to learn to love the process and not get hung up on the result or you'll drive yourself crazy.