Studio ANF was finally realized after much debate, and lots of support from friends and family, in November of 2013. It was a tough decision to make, but ultimately one that has definitely been worth it so far. Opportunities like these don't come along very often and I knew that if I didn't jump at the chance, then I may not have another later down the road.
It was the best decision ever made.
Firmly several months in, and I couldn't be more happy. I feel like I have a chance to breathe and push my creative limits freely. I opened up and run my own online shop under Etsy here creating black and white illustrations on canvas in a more modern simplistic style. Slowly expanding my portfolio base, I hope to enter into some creative festivals/shows in the future and get some solid feedback from the general populace in person!
My one piece of advice that I can comfortably pass on to anyone is to go for it. If you have the opportunity to follow your dreams, DO IT. There will be unpleasant times, you will become frustrated or lost at certain points along the way, and you might fail.
It's super scary, but so WORTH IT!
You can't put a price on someone's happiness.
You will never know if you can do something unless you try.
Happy creating! :]