This idea's been germinating for a while. It started last year as an off-the-cuff joke during lunch at work - one of my coworkers was talking about being socially awkward and I said "Hey, I get it, I'm still in art school rehab, too!"
But it kind of stuck in our heads, especially mine. I thought about the adjustments everyone goes through after high school, after college, etc. And it seems like leaving "art school" was the biggest transition for most of us. Everyone I know who went to school for anything art-related has indicated that the transition from doing art all the time to having almost no time at all for it is... difficult. Moving from a time in your life when you're surrounded by creators to a time when a lot of your friends and creative influences seem out of reach is hard. And transitioning from talking about color choices, angles, fonts, and composition to dealing with apartment hunting, taxes, work, and all the other real-life things we stress about on a daily basis is jarring, to say the least. Don’t even get me started on trying to communicate your design choices to employers and clients who don’t really care. At least, don’t really care like you do.
We're creators. We're designers, writers, preservers of moments in time and emotions there aren’t words for, we’re tellers of stories, we’re builders of worlds, this is who we are. And at the end of the day, we live our lives inundated with the fantastical, the romantic, and the idealistic. We've spent a long time and a lot of energy learning how to exist in that fantasy realm in our heads and learning how to depict those thoughts and feelings through art, whatever the medium.
And then, one day, seemingly out of the blue, someone pushed us into the deep end.
Suddenly, we're balancing our known fantasy with an unknown reality. We're trying to make time for friends between work and life, and we're trying to make time for art, too. It's a complicated, nerve-wracking balancing act and it's our daily routine. Much like any other kind of rehab, our recovery is long, sometimes difficult, sometimes painful and sometimes uplifting. This is one of the most rewarding and frustrating periods of our lives, and we'd like to share our journeys with you. We're not all "art school kids", but we're all artists. We're not all aligned on anything other than that. You'll hear from from liberal, conservative, black, white, ugly, hot, fat, skinny people who all love what we do even when we struggle to do it. Especially when we struggle. You'll hear from illustrators, animators, writers, musicians, designers, all manner of artists. We're not here to give answers, only insights. Just a little help. We're less like teachers or experts and more like a support group.
And we call it Art School Rehab.