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Why I always wanted to be my own boss (Coming out)

There are so many entrepreneurs out there already. It happens to be a new American dream – to be your own boss and do not work for other person. There are many benefits of this kind of job, surely. Your own daily routine, doing what you love to do and what makes you happy, staying at home in your pjs all day etc.

But for me being an entrepreneur is more than that. Let me tell you, why.

First of all I had always been that creative kind of person and I always wanted to do my regular job in creative way, my own way. Even when I worked for several companies doing different jobs, I was enthusiastic about simple things.

But mainly reason I decided to become a small business owner was something that changed my life forever, I think. I was senior at high school when I was diagnosed with self harm OCD. Yes, I am a cutter. And every scar on my body reminds me of that horrible 11 years which I spent dealing with this exhausting disease. You know that song “Scars” by Tove Lo? I love it by the way – stories left on the skin – it literally speaks to me.

So, since I am disabled person now,  there is no such a job which I could do on regular basis for months or even years to support myself. That’s why Etsy was a first thing that popped in my mind in order to support myself somehow. I can work from home and be creative, doing what I love and making people happy. I am feeling wanted on Etsy. It is a community of creative and supportive people and I am also loving being a part of it. But create something beautiful still is the most rewarding part.

So, that’s my story. If you can relate to that as well, tell me yours too. I would like to receive your inspiring story whatever it is, feel free to write me an email or put it in the comments below! Let’s support each other!

Oh! And don’t forget to check out my Etsy shop!

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MY CREATIVE PROCESS (with pictures)

In this article I would love to share with you behind-the-scenes of my creations. This is quite personal for me because nobody ever had seen me working on my creative art projects. So, let’s dive in!

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Preparation

Every creative process starts with inspiration and gathering ideas. Also I love to create a right vibes and atmosphere in my workplace to stay motivated till the end of my working process. Ideas for my illustrations usually comes from watching high fashion designer’s fashion shows on YouTube. This is also where I get most of my inspiration. Pinterest is also a great place where I look for ideas, I love to create mood boards which help me to stay inspired throughout the entire process of working on some project. Fashion magazines is a great option to gather some ideas and see some trending items. But how do these all ideas materialize? Let’s find out!

Actual creative process

When idea came to mind it is now time to sketch it on paper. I use pencils to sketch my ideas in my old sketch book which physical condition is not appropriate to show publicly. 🙂

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After that I use sharpie to create bold line over a fashion figure before I copy that on other piece of paper using lightbox.

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Sketch I created in very beginning stays in my sketches collection. I keep them all. I don’t know why, but there is something special in these sketches and I am emotionally drawn to them. Tell me in the comments below, am I the only one?

When sketch is transferred to drawing paper, starts my favorite part – coloring that fashion figure. My favorite coloring part is when I draw figure’s skin. I literally can feel how this pale sketch gets a light tan and becomes alive in front of my eyes.

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Usually I use coloring or watercolor pencils, but often I combine it with some watercolor and even gouache to get more bright and dense color.

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That’s how my creative process looks like. Of course this is only “the top of iceberg.” Most of creative process happens in our brains and we can’t see that or understand completely.

Very soon (in June) you will be able to purchase this or other my illustrations in my Etsy shop, but for now you can get a 20% discount coupon code for your first purchase in my Etsy shop. Get it HERE!

Thank you for reading this, have a nice day!