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The new Nuno Neves Store

After a break of a few months, I decided to change the focus of this site. Let me tell you how it goes.

From now on, Nuno Neves Store’s main topic will be my ongoing graphic novel CHRONOS, which panels you can easily find on a page listed on the menu. Panels will be posted there while behind the scenes features will be posted here, in the blog section.

In parallel motion you will find the cartoon FLOWERS, also with its own page listed on the menu. Humor there is caustic, but true.

There is also a page gallery with my illustrations, some of them from commissions. In case you are interested in commissioning illustrations from me, fell free to get in contact, either by the form on this site, email or phone call.

I will keep posting, now and then, opinion articles and perhaps some very short stories. The categories of the posts are listed at the end of each page, so you can easily find whatever you feel in the mood to read.

See you around!

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The Weight Of Nothingness

It is overwhelming. Your ribs are pressed apart and the chest inflates with void in continuous suffocation. The rational remains of your mind are grateful for not having a gun or you might have blown your head. There are no joys whatsoever and all you seek for is shelter in someone’s heart, capable of not feeding your hatred for the stupidity of people. Pain makes you terribly intolerant. Wherever you look at all you see is evil. You become a tyrant. All you have is sadness on the verge of anger. The real dumb thing of this pain is being due to nothing but chemical imbalance caused by a painful childhood. No one is to blame. Your family did their best. Everyone has limitations and yours is the inability to overcome trauma. You are chemically marked for life and must deal with it, both with medication and behavior, namely well structured routines. Things will get wrong over and over again. You will be beaten up and fall of exhaustion. All you got to do is rest and rise for the adapted routine. That kind of sums up your life. The damn pain will always be there to haunt and freeze you. A life carrying the weight of nothingness.

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The Elephant Foot Strikes Back

My lungs and belly are squeezed again. The elephant foot of generalized anxiety disorder is striking me back. Cutting the dose of the antidepressant is not working. It’s too soon for that. The omnipresent chill and the overlapping light-speed thoughts around my possible mistakes in dealing with people are getting me back to paralysis. A high amount of effort, energy and discipline is summoned to get this giant foot out of my chest. I fear the abyss of exhaustion presented to me. I hope the reposition of the dose of the antidepressant does its thing.

I have no salary now. I left teaching, definitely. I am trying to collect and sell houses to earn commissions. It is weird, talking on the phone and presenting myself as the ideal partner to solve financial stresses. All I want is to make comic books.

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Page Three

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It is not perfect, but things are going. Drawing and writing directly with pen and markers, no pencil sketch. Only some scribblings on a notebook. I am getting speed and having fun. In time, I hope to improve my drawing skills.

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Phone Calls

I am now a real estate agent, a business consultant. I am paid on commission. I must excel on real estate raising and salesman talk. Next month I will lose my steady monthly income as a school teacher. I’m embracing change as best as I can. Most of my days now consist of making phone calls to house owners offering my salesman services.

“Hi! Is this Mrs Doe? Are you the owner of a T2 apartment for sale? My name is Nuno Neves and I’m a business consultant from Home Tailors Real Estate. I would like to offer my services.”

I became one of those guys harassing people on the phone. Here I am, studying basic selling psychology with Dale Carnegie in order to get a living. It’s been fun, so far. I am not that much of an harasser and most people on the phone are being nice to me. Persistence is key now. Meanwhile, I’m drawing faster!

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Real Estate Comic Ad #2

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Real Estate Comic Ad #1

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Page Two Again!

Things are moving. Drawing as if writing. No pencil sketch. Only dialogue and fast doodles on a notebook before drawing directly with pen and markers. It’s clumsy, expressive and intuitive. Hopefully, as the story develops, with moments of intellect. Sometimes I fear to be a fool or an idiot. It’s a consequence of being so focused on myself and my work. Perhaps being exposed on the Internet might give me some clues about the path I’m taking. Let’s wait for people’s reactions…

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Ad Experiment

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I decided to use my wallpapers on ads for my services as a real estate business consultant. In case they prove to be appealing I will conceive wallpapers specifically for that purpose, as it happened with some of the illustrations for the items on my Etsy shop.

One important issue is the fun I’m having with this. There is joy in the process and that is new to me. The freedom to use my aesthetic creativity to generate income gives me a sense of purpose and achievement. This is quite challenging for someone raised to hate money.

Self-employment or business owning is radically different from being an employee with a regular salary. One has to be proactive and in a state of alert for business opportunities to get food on the table and a roof to live under. Instability becomes the daily routine. I am hoping to get used to it and have fun in the process of watching my abilities being useful, both as a service and as generators of wealth.

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I Am Now A Business Consultant

I now help people to sell their homes and find new ones to live in. Zillions of individuals do that nowadays. There is always someone in need of a house or in need of selling one for the best possible money. This is a high competition and a high collaborative business. And it deals with high hopes and delusions for both owners, buyers and consultants, like myself now.

The trade demands constant training on both soft and hard skills. Experienced colleagues tell me that persistence, discipline, dedication and the strict following of procedures are all it takes to succeed. I feel optimistic. There is room for trial and error. Responsibilities are all mine. It is all a matter of getting the work done.