Hi everyone -
This is an update and an explanation for my silence and absence.
I know I have posted journals before but this is to explain in more detail.
Ok - so aside from being sick, and another reason I posted on my journal last year...
I have mentioned once that I am working 3 jobs.
And recently I've offered 2 other jobs. And I am going to accept them.
My jobs are with my family's shop, babysitting, food restaurant, and the other two - one where I'm hired to do artwork for a place. The other is an offer from a relative.
So basically my only free time is at night...if my parents don't get me suckered into watching a movie.
Not to mention getting sleep if I can.
Then there are days when I do have free time but - I'm at a point where I just want to relax and enjoy the peace while it lasts.
The main reason why I'm saying all this, is because I acknowledge how some of you patiently wait for my response to your messages.
And I admit it is irresponsible for not responding when I had the chances to.
Being tired isn't a good enough excuse for such delayed relies...
You have no idea how thankful I am to have such patient friends like you. But please know I am not trying to test your patience or anything...especially those who are awaiting to receive artwork from me.
Believe me, I know it sucks waiting and it's always on my conscience.
I was really hoping that last month I was going to get down on it.
But...you see, Dad finally got his skin cancer taken care last month...and well, it was a whole month ordeal.
He lost half of his upper lip, even a bit of his gum. But he got a reconstruction, a skin graph after a day they cut all the cancer out, and his mouth had to be stitched up over half way! So he was on a strict liquid diet for nearly a month.
But you know, it could have been a whole lot worse because he had that cancer for over 10 years. If he wasn't a health nut (he doesn't drink or smoke, and keeps up with his health) who knows how worse it could have been...
My Mom watched videos about it and if he wasn't so healthy, it could have spread throughout his face.
Thank God that was just his upper lip.
But you know, I had to be with my Mom as much as I could when I'm not working at the restaurant to keep an eye on my Dad. Because my Dad is stubborn and he thinks he can do this and that when in reality he NEEDS to R.E.S.T.
I wish he'd be more thoughtful on our part because the next day we got back home from his operation, he decides to go for a walk. For nearly 2 hours...Without even telling my Mom or me where he was going or for how long.
So I drove all around the neighborhood looking for him, even ran out to the beach and asking strangers if they saw him. With no luck, my Mom and I were worried sick! I had back home and decide to head to the other direction and see if I can find them. And - I find him heading back home...But boy, he really over did it...aside from recovering from the operation, he has heart palpitations. And it was so bad, he had to crawl on the floor to get to the bed...
Why he has to learn the hard way I don't know...But at least now, he's doing a whole lot better!
All his operations are done and hopefully he won't need anymore.
His lip looks more natural each day. He's growing whiskers on his upper lip, growing a mustache normally so his body is definitely accepting the reconstruction, skin graph.
And he's eating more like he used to. Doesn't have to cut apples into small bite size pieces like he did when they reopened his mouth.
But you know...the hardest part about all this was getting to the hospital...We literally just nearly avoided 3-4 car incidents. So we're blessed to still be here today.
Also I got my first experience on the free highway...and I'm gonna say it - I'm am so thankful there is a lane for slower cars. 60-65 miles per hour is fast enough for me!
Anyways...like I was saying, I understand waiting sucks...But at least there two things to consider. 1. You don't need to pay for it. Your patience is more than enough payment. 2. At least I am improving on my drawing during the times I get to draw. So the drawing you receive will look better than it would have during the original time you requested. And I am still trying to improve.
Like I said, I was really hoping to get down on it last month. But after thinking it over and over - I finally came to a salutation.
For those who have requested more than one drawing from me, I will work on them one at a time.
And what I mean by that is, the person who is requesting will explain/describe what they'd like in the first drawing. And I will start from there. When the sketch is done I will show the person and see how they like it. Then if approved I will continue on to lining it, then if approved then I will finish coloring it.
Then we repeat onto the next one.
It just seems more organized, plus doing it that way - the person has a lot of time to change any details or the whole request before I start since we will work on it one at a time.
And especially now that I'm back in my art room, I can really concentrate on my work.
Also...and I don't really like to say how many messages I have but...I still have over 800 comments to respond to as well as over 70 notes plus replies to reply to yet.
So I am about halfway from where I started.
I am getting to them all as soon as I can.
Just please know I haven't forgotten any of you nor have I meant to give off the assumption that I was ignoring any of you or like I was mad at you or anything else.
I always pray you are all safe and doing well.
I hope your day goes well everyone~ CardinalSynFan Drake6401 Anthony-Demon AilwynRaydom sinako777 7marichan7 GaidenTheWolf