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    What kind of work that allows me to paint and draw while working for a normal job

    there is thread
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    dpaint mentioned security guard, and receptionist...I do have a security guard license and been one and looking for a graveyard shift so no one will know im drawing during this time. but It is hard to find it right now so I need more options

    what other positions do you think will make good practice opportunities to do art relating stuff while working a normal job. im in school during this time so I can't really get full time.

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    Theater usher? I know an artist who does that... She gets a lot of sketching done on the job, apparently.

    Or how about fire warden? Okay, I don't know anything about this job, but it seems to involve sitting alone in a tower in the woods all day, seems like you could get a lot of sketching and painting done.

    Or gallery assistant. I've done that. When there's work to be done putting up or taking down exhibits you run around a lot with drills and spackle, but in between there can be a fair amount of downtime, depending. Plus, networking opportunities, yo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QueenGwenevere View Post
    Theater usher? I know an artist who does that... She gets a lot of sketching done on the job, apparently.
    I can vouch for that.
    I was a theater usher while in art school and it was badass! Occasionally, they'd put me behind the concession stand which was pretty busy, but most of the time I stood at the ticket box tearing tickets.
    It got to a point where I was the ultimate artist slacker at that job because I could tear a ticket with one hand. So a lot of the times I would barely even look up at the people. They didn't care anyway. I found most people didn't actually LIKE to be addressed on their way to the theater and found it odd or awkward to have someone rattle off some "Welcome to Loews Theaters! You're movie is in theater #2, 2nd theater on your right!".

    So I tore the ticket with one hand, glanced at them, and said "Theater 2".

    It was awesome. I still have a TON of those old sketches, too.

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    I'm working a call center right now, inbound, and when we're not busy i can get some decent work put it. But that would be like first thing in the morning or real late at night.

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    Cop.

    The dirty secret about cops? They don't do that much.

    Gene Roddenberry, the creator of "Star Trek" did much of his early writing while working for LAPD.

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    Some computer repair work. If you're installing software or running virus checks you can get plenty of drawing in while things chug along. It depends on how long your task list is, though.

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    that sounds genious especially with that tablet with pressure sensitivity it sounds even better since i can digitally paint now. wait can i have a tablet out?

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    Agree on PC repair tech type jobs. As long as you jump on stuff when it comes in and get it done, nobody will care if you do some sketching at your desk between tickets. I wish I would have done that more when I had that kind of job.

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    I actually work in a group home and most of the guys we have in the house are very high functioning so they have their own hobbies and things to do for the most part....so we get a lot of down time at the house. They also go to sleep very early and I can get at least 3 hours in of drawing time pretty much 90% of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrianna View Post
    I'm working a call center right now, inbound, and when we're not busy i can get some decent work put it. But that would be like first thing in the morning or real late at night.
    I used to work at an outbound call centre and I got a lot of drawing done while waiting for the machine to find a number that picked up. I wouldn't vouch for that job though. It sucks your soul dry.

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    At my old construction job, when I moved from site work into an office, I think that's where I got most of my art done.
    Plus, I had a tablet because I used to help out with creating presentations. I got a ton of artwork done there. One or
    two are in my portfolio. The only trick I could give was never to have my monitor facing the door and to always have
    a look of furrowed concern or concentration whenever someone walked past.

    Admittedly its not an ideal position for this thread, but it reminded me a lot of my art-on-the-sly days. Glad those
    are over. I hate company toilets.

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    I'd like to hear more suggestions. This is interesting.
    I'm looking for a job right now myself, reading this is kinda fun. I never really thought of getting a job where I can draw on the side but that's a great idea. The only thing I had in mind was to get a job that didn't drain my soul into a pit of shit.

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    Many years ago a friend of mine was a messenger for a pathology firm. Some evenings he would be very busy ferrying samples of blood, shit and body parts from hospitals to the firm, but many evenings were extremely quiet. His hobby was reading; he probably read through many books on the job. Had it been art, he surely would have gotten many sketches done.

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