18 фебруар 2014
If you've visited my website before, you might have noticed I have not updated it for a while. I have been receiving emails saying "Where are new wallpapers?", "We miss you!" - and I truly appreciate them. Silence is proved means of defence for me. However, allow me to write a little bit, just in case you're interested.
Some time ago, I used to combine doing outsource design and development with drawing wallpapers. It worked well, sometimes challenging, but manageable. I had steady flow of jobs, and enough time to draw a wallpaper every week or two.
Then, three things happened.
First, my little Alice was born. Yeah I know it was three years ago :-) But I only felt I was able to re-structure myself about a year ago. A kid is definitely the greatest gift, and I heard there are young parents who are able to keep on the pace of their work - I was not one of them. The "project guilt" was accumulating.
Second, seemed like everyone who wanted to purchase Vladstudio account have done so :-) The decline in sales is evidently also due to lack of updates, promotion and generally efforts I was (not) able to spend to keep my website hot.
Third, I found myself involved into several really great projects, started by awesome people, and backed by great ideas, but they took all my time and did not return any money. It could not last long, unfortunately.
So after the most stressful summer of 2013 (filled with personal stuff), I simply said "No" to everything. I burned all bridges. I was squeesed and sat silently, unsure what to do. One thing I know for sure - enough of "startup", "freelance", "independent".
Suddenly, my friend, working for large US company, recommended me to her boss, looking for graphic designer. I joined them immediately, thinking that the timing could not be more perfect, and it must be more than just coincidence. So this is where I am now - still living in Irkutsk, working remotely, but having only one boss (and she's the best boss ever, that's for sure!), one project, and most importantly - stability. Oh stability, I missed you so much these years!
But where are new wallpapers!? - I hear you asking. I'm afraid they're still in my head. It's either work or family (or winter flu) right now. Just need some more time.
Thanks for reading! And once again, I have been most lucky to get the audience like this. Your warm emails support me enormously.