In order to have enough money to pay the bills, I teach math. This isn’t the ideal situation I imagined for myself and my BFA, but my students are a constant source of inspiration, and my dip-ass boss’s ridiculous behavior at least keeps me motivated to continue drawing and not become complacent with “just teaching”.
How does that relate to Amy Pond though? Well, one of my students is a MEGA Doctor Who fan. She’s 8, adorable, and we spend most of her tutoring sessions talking about how Doctor Who makes us cry. It’s a beautiful thing. It became even more fantastic when she got me an action figure set featuring the Tenth Doctor, Rose, and Cassandra. It was such an unexpected and awesome gift, and a wonderful moment to remind me that while I’m not where I want to be career-wise, I’m not exactly suffering at the hands of my students either.
The creation of the above drawing came about as a thank you to my student. She proceeded to hang it above her bed and informed me that after she did that, she stopped having nightmares. At that point, my heart pretty much exploded in a cascade of butterflies and rainbows with sprinkles on top.