Warning: long post ahead!
Last year I gave little thought to the New Year’s resolutions, but this year I was a bit low and had to take the extra time to think and get excited about the new year that is just starting.
But first, shall we see how last year’s resolutions went?
1- Open an online shop – Check!
2- Redo and update my website - Kind of check (I end up neglecting my portfolio for the second half of the year)
3- Draw more and paint more with traditional materials (and not just digital) – Went well… in the first month. Then I somehow managed to avoid it and then feel guilty the whole year.
4- Stop biting my nails (as usual…) – I’m proud to say I reduced this habit to 10%! (being that 10% my pinkie finger from the left hand…) Since it’s now back at 50%, I’ll have to keep this one as well.
So besides 3 and 4 (who will have to be on the list again this year), what else shall I add for 2015?
1- Have more self-confidence. This will be a tricky one and nothing I can somehow just “do” and get it off my list quickly. The reason for this one to be here is that I feel it’s the number one thing stopping me from going further in terms of work. There’s always that “voice” saying “Perhaps I need one more year before I’m at the level of quality I want to be before I contact this client…” or before I do this or that, usually involving contacting someone and promoting my services as a professional illustrator and animator.
This is what will really take me from “surviving” out of a career in illustration to actually “live” from it.
2- Finish some… or at least one, let’s be realistic here… unfinished project. I have a tendency to say yes to everything, but this year I want to save some time to tackle projects that have been left behind and are consuming me with guilt and frustration. There are 3 big ones, so I’ll have to choose one and dedicate some real time to it every week.
3- Make some animated loops, just for myself. I suspect I’m running into trouble here (considering I just wrote point 2), but I’d really love to take some time every week to practice animation while allying it to my illustration style.
4- Add some editorial illustrations to my portfolio (I’m really pushing my time here… this list is getting way too long for all the hours of work I can take for personal projects during the year!). I’m afraid of being stuck as “the illustrator who draws cute characters”, so I’d like to have some more mature illustrations in my portfolio.
5- Travel somewhere exotic (by this I mean out of Europe). I’ve been itching to do this… and seems like it will happen soon!
Uff, that seems to be it. And what are your new year’s resolutions?