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I am just about finished with my job with Animaholics, and while I am waiting to hear back about any tweaks I need to do, I have to say that I have learned quite a lot about myself. Goodness.

I have to really say that I am not sure if I am up to the challenge that is working with visual effects studios, not unless I do some serious behavioral re-conditioning. I understand that this was my first ever job in this field, and I have to say that the person I answered to is really really great - very direct, neutral, and offering to help with clarification if needed.

It has mostly been my own incapability to deal with the anxiety and stress that makes me hesitant to keep my options open in this field. Breaking down in mental capability and comprehension in only one week of 8-12 hour days is not a very good omen. Growing up not knowing when it was okay to stop working, and my first relationships with authority (my parents) being pretty negative in an emotionally abusive situation have certainly not helped I suppose. I will run myself into the ground if something needs to get done, no matter what it is.

I've improved on my ability to tell myself to be reasonable about my limits and what tasks are important enough to complete in a single sitting, but I've found out with this job this: If there is something that has no limits on time to work on it, a deadline, and an authority figure presiding over its completion, my self-regulation goes out the window, and I'm back to 'work until it's done', forgoing food, common sense, and mental health. It'll be a learning curve for me no matter what job I do, but being my own boss is a scenario where I avoid most of this issue, for better or worse I suppose.

In any case, I have a lot to learn, and I wish I knew where to go TO learn about what is needed from me in the visual effects industry. I wouldn't be surprised if it would require graduate study or, hell, going back to school for an undergraduate degree.

All told, though, in the end, I think I may be happier working in a field like scientific illustration, where I know my 3D skills are being asked for; I'd be combining all of my interests into a career that will help satisfy my passion for and further educate people of science and zoology. I am still keeping an eye open for 3D opportunities, while I also look at ways to improve my abilities in scientific illustration. I have a lot of ZBrush homework to catch up on, 3D prints to fix up for sale, and commissioners waiting for me to be open again!

Anyone who has knowledge of anything I've spoken of here, please share your thoughts should you wish to. I would love to discuss these topics!

Thank you all, and have a pleasant day. : )
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  • Reading: The Portable Atheist - Christopher Hitchens
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  • Playing: The Binding of Isaac
  • Eating: Dried figs
  • Drinking: water


Stephanie Dziezyk
United States
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Hello everyone! I am a pet portrait artist, fantasy artist, somewhat of an animal/wildlife artist, animal-lover and graduated college student with a Studio Art major, and Zoology and Art History minor. I hope to create wildlife and fantasy illustrations in the future as well as research animals, preferably birds, fish, or reptiles. You may know me most distinctly for my Romanian Three-Tail dragons, and my draconic alter-ego Leccathu Fürvicael.

I genuinely enjoy interweaving zoology and imagination; the application of scientific knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, behavior, and ecology to the creation of seemingly impossible animals is an avocation that strongly reflects my passionate and curious personality. To share my love of these distinct realities with others, I utilize graphite, acrylics, oils, digital painting, and even 3-dimensional models, bringing to visual life wholly new creations that, while completely fabricated, appear plausible. I can display and share with others the intricacies of how muscles interact to make limbs move, the hunting techniques of some abyssal leviathan, the anatomy of bizarre six-limbed mammals, and show how dragons could truly fly.

I hope that you enjoy your stay here, and please ask me questions, leave comments, critique my ideas, or anything of the like! I'll keep uploading new material here, and who knows where my adventures will take me. Thank you for stopping by!

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xDx 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
Thank you for adding to your favorites.
GregorKerle 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
Thank You kindly :wave:
Thank you so much for the :+fav:s Happy Easter by KmyGraphic
Leccathu me luv! Are you open for commissions??? I have a new character I am dying to get on paper!! :O
Aidan-Partridge Mar 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the favourite!  :D
onetruth Mar 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for the Fave!
Aidan-Partridge Mar 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow, it's an honour to have it added to that folder, Thank you for the favourite!!! :D
You are most welcome! <3
VampirePat Mar 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for the fave!
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