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    If you had a year off...

    Just "hypothetically" (nothing to do with recent unemployment extensions) ... suppose for (up to) the next year you had virtually no bills, no job, no obligations family, relationship or otherwise, and every Teusday morning someone deposited $375 into your checking.

    What would you do with the year?

    How much portfolio should a person be able to get done in that time? How much of America should they be able to see? How well should they be able to get in shape? Would you invest the extra cash into gear, or classes, or save? Would you be excited? Would you date someone in that position?

    I'm halfway considering throwing the tent in the trunk, roadtripping America with sketchbook in hand, showering via daypass gym memberships...

    What would you do?
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    I would probably divide it between travel and art. I've always wanted to do a tour of the southwest and west coast. Go to New Mexico to see Area 51, Hit up Nevada and Vegas. Then work my way through LA, San Diego and San Fran. Might finish up in Seattle or just head home.

    Then the rest of the time I would spend finishing all the ideas I have for various mods and games to put in my portfolio.
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    Play video games, get those fancy model kits I've always wanted, draw, watch obscure and pretentious artsy fartsy movies, send my friends gifts, draw, get my computer upgraded, buy some CA tutorials, draw, get a new tablet, and... uh, draw some more.

    I don't live in Eagleland so
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    I'd draw, play video games, work out, explore...

    I LOVE being outside and now that the weather is starting to improve I'd be out every chance I got. Hiking and painting, taking photos, exercising. I'd do obscure things like geocaching and I'd go urban exploring. I'd learn new art forms. I'd try to get involved with the local art community and go to figure drawing classes when I could.

    I'd likely stay up until the middle of the night playing video games... I love me some MMOs... but that's a secret!

    And I'd try my best to live life, travel. If you do travel, please make sure you experience the places and not just the touristy areas. I lived in the UK for two years and the being involved in the communities, staying in bed and breakfasts when I travelled around or even hostels (the not so crappy ones) was so much fun and some of the best experiences ever.

    I'd also invest in spending hours every day drawing, studying, anything I could. You'd be suprised how easy it is to get lazy when you have time on your side. But do as mucha s you can!
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    Video games and lotto tickets are pretty hard to argue against. That said, as someone who is still aspiring to a staff gig somewhere I'll be thinking along the lines of improving portfolio as much as possible with the majority of the down time. Volunteering also comes to mind. I'm more than a decade removed from undergrad and temp jobs haven't offered much for the sake of references.

    If I travel I'll try to do so with a good excuse. Driving from Ohio to CTNX, or doing location sketches in different places to bulk up a sketchbook section on the site as well as maybe having something interesting to say in an interview.
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    Joke answer aside, I would def improve on my art and workout alot more, I actually be able to afford the gym lol prob get a better flat too, and def better internet, crappy 3 mobile broadband -.-

    That said, money aside, I do actually have alot of free time since I work 4 hours a night, excluding weekends, and sleep, I have 20 hours a day free. Art wise, I have alot of time to improve, ive been lazy and before that depressed, so I never used that time wisely that stops now though
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    I would probably drive myself totally crazy within two weeks of lazing around and then I would start looking around for some big and interesting project to work on, or a job or volunteer work that I can sink my mental teeth in.

    A year without any external drive or motivation would most likely mean certain death by brainrot for me, even though I like to travel and do my own projects
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    just so everyone knows, there's roughly 52 Tuesdays to a year, and you get 375 each Tuesday, thats 19,200 dollars. If you keep track of it and spend it wisely, I bet there's a lot one could do.
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