Friday, 4 January 2013

New year, new collage - Yearly Overview 2012

Happy new year! I hope you all had a great break over the festive period and enjoyed your new years celebrations. Mine was pretty low key; good times with family and friends!
Taking stock of the year, personally and professionally, is always really useful to me so I can't let 2012 slip past without doing a yearly round-up post (any excuse to make a collage!)

My professional goals for 2012 from last year's post were to keep working on my style and improving my illustrations, and do a lot of new portfolio work. With regards to developing my work I can see a change in it when comparing it with the 2011 collage, but in terms of improvement I can't say much as judging your own work is inevitably impossible! I do feel like it's perhaps a more intensified version of what I was doing before, more textural and painterly, more vivid...

I haven't managed to complete as much new work as I would have liked though, as the wedding ate a big chunk of my time during the year, so I'm setting myself a goal to do a drawing a day project in 2013. More specifically... A Dwarf A Day! I've tried similar projects before and find them hard to stick to as I get a bit stuck for ideas when there's no brief or initial spark and only a blank page staring at me, so I thought a specific starting point or topic would help me out. The dwarf idea struck me on New Years Day, probably through a combination of lazy alliteration and seeing scores of lovely tomte/nisse type creatures in Denmark, and I thought I would run with the idea as it'll be a great way of constantly working on my character design skills throughout the year. Hopefully we'll be able to see a big improvement by the beginning of 2014! I'm looking forward to having it as a regular spot on the blog too, probably on a Friday or Monday to avoid plaguing you every day with dwarf/gnome creatures. Who knows, maybe if it goes well I'll compile them into a little book or something at the end of the year.

In 2013 I'd like to:
- Really improve my portfolio! Tick off all of the 'illustrations to do' that are scribbled on the glass of the picture frames in my studio, and work on a couple of new full illustrations every month.
- Get all my picture book ideas wrapped up and made up into full dummies.
- Watch this super duper speech by Neil Gaiman every month to keep me going and keep "walking towards that mountain". Possibly plaster sections of it all over the room. If you haven't seen it and you're an aspiring artist/illustrator/creative watch it right now!
- Pick up all of the non-illustration (gasp!) creative skills again that I used to enjoy so much, like playing guitar, knitting, and add some new ones, like crochet and possibly screenprinting. 

What are your goals, professional and otherwise, for 2013? I've really enjoyed reading everyone else's new years posts so far, so do leave me a comment, I'd love to hear! Incidentally, if you have any tips or links to beginner's crochet for absolute dummies then please do share; I've been using Youtube videos and an amazing retro Ladybird book from the seventies, but I'm struggling and don't want to be crocheting the same never-ending chain stitch until 2014!

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