30 12 月 2015
Despite not updating Vladstudio.com for almost 2 years (which is almost lifetime for a web site), I still receive many emails from visitors - some with questions, some (still) with compliments. Thank you for all your emails! I'd like to shed some light on my life these two years.
Well, it's changed.
First, I finally learnt the sad truth that I would not be able to continue doing all the things that I was doing and be a good father at the same time. I had to say "no" to some things - and my emotional inability to say "no" led to a very serious stress. And at some point, I said "no" to almost every project, including, as you noticed, "not now" for Vladstudio website. Seeing how projects fall out of my hands, I dropped them all and said "hi" to depression.
Luckily, I was soon picked up by my friend who suggested her boss to hire me as a designer. I've been working with them ever after, currently developing educational software for 4-6 year old kids. This changed my life in two ways. First, we moved from Irkutsk to Moscow, because, well, why not? And second, I now work from office, not from home, or co-working, or rented apartment. Both office and remote work have their pros and cons, but I am definitely in the part of my life where office work is better choice.
I only have positive things to say about the company I work for. It is probably not ideal (as there is no such thing), but I have the awesomest boss ever! and the company has a worthy mission. I spend much less time actually drawing, and more time thinking, analysing and communicating - probably that's what I missed as a free-lancer / wallpaper artist!
I do not say "good bye" to Vladstudio website and wallpapers, however. I like to think of having an extended break, and I reserve the right to draw a new wallpaper at any time :-) Right now, my current job occupies me completely, and honestly - it is so great to be occupied by only one project, not five or ten!
Finally, I wanted to say thanks to everyone who visited my website and emailed me even though I was quiet. Thank you, happy holidays, and happy 2016 year!