It’s getting to be the end of the year, which means I’m thoughtful of where the year’s gone (too fast!) and where I want to go next. Overall, it’s been a good year but also one of the toughest years of my creative practice yet. But I still feel very lucky, if creatively a bit beaten up; I finally got my best friend to Portland, we got married and celebrated with the biggest explosion of art I could’ve hoped for (thanks so very much Join Together friends!), was really honest with myself, pushed a lot outside my comfort level and worked on a lot of different projects (much of which I can’t show, bummer!), and as my teaching career evolves I’ve been happy to educate and mentor the next wave of illustration. They’re making me proud and inspiring me to be the best maker I can be.
So with that in mind I’ve crafted a short list of professional goals to tackle. My actual list is quite long, but these are the best ones to share.
- Don’t shoot down personal work unless there’s a solid reason; I have second guessed my work too much this year and I need to have faith in my abilities and work.
- Seriously, don’t be afraid of what I can do. I have to say it twice.
- Keep more accountable— with my collaborators, with friends, with emails, with my rep. Be better with the business side of things.
- Continue redesigning my website and shop, and plan out collections of new work for craft fairs/shops.
- Reflect on my work, work I enjoy, my students’ work. Really push curiosity and learning in my practice.
- Keep refilling the well and practicing my conceptual chops— looking outside the illustration world and finding more inspiration in the world.
- Relatedly, find an opportunity to travel in 2014— ideally Iceland! I want to go someplace foreign to me and rejuvenate my practice.
- Target goals to tackle each quarter and keep reviewing: for Q1, I want to push my compositions (particularly with space), experiment more with looseness to bring the vitality of my sketchbook into the finished work, draw more settings and props, get back to printmaking/limited palette work, and return to more narrative work. In addition I’d really like to develop a passion project that challenges these goals.
It’s time for me to wrap up things and close the studio down before I head back to Connecticut for a week. I hope you all have a lovely holiday, and I’ll catch you in 2014 with lots of happy news and work!