Friday, 12 January 2018

2018 Art Goals Part 1

Hello foxy folks,

Finally the first 2018 related post,

I have a lot to juggle this year, and the last 3 months of 2017 was merely a taste of what lies ahead, I will try to make time for my illustration. So I have come up with some goals I would like to achieve this year that will help me develop as an illustrator. Basically my goals have 3 categories: Art-, Self- and Job-centric. This isn't to say they can't overlap, because they definitely do. And all of these goals are generally things I try to achieve on a daily basis:

Draw more

I have a few strategies up my sleeves to get myself to draw more this year (Another blog post worth of strategies I reckon ;P). This is, afterall, the key to improvement. After I started a 9-5 job last year I have been struggling to spend time on really being a creator outside of work. This caused me real worry, which is a sign to me that I need to keep at it. I started to listen to relevant illustration/creative podcasts and audio books during my 2hours worth of commuting every day, but that didn't take away the exhaustion I felt when I got home every evening. So this year I will make a point to at least draw a bit in the mornings, because I know I'll have some energy after I wake up or after I did some excercise. At least then, if I get home and all I want to do is let my head have a lovely long date with my pillow I can rest assured that I did get some drawing in for the day; not all hope is lost.

learn more

About myself, about other people, about the world etc. I've had such a learning curve in the last few years of my life, here's to having many more! I mean, having a learning curve is tough, don't get me wrong. But don't you just feel like you've grown so much after you've had one? And feeling like you have accomplished a lot on top of that. The sense of achievement one feels just lights up the path with further motivation and I love this feeling. Sometimes you learn things because life throws some obstacles your way and sometimes you learn things because you put yourself into situations that demand you to go through a learning curve of some sort. I hope to put myself in situations like this more often, especially situations that demand I learn more about illustration and storytelling. This forms part of why I decided to start a blog. The first few posts will definitely not be perfect, and I'm mostly write intuitively before I revise. But I figured if I don't post something, chances are I never will and then I will never improve. Posting my writing online is a way to encourage myself to write more even if it doesn't get a lot of readers. I hope to improve my writing skills if not anything else through doing this.

Work Hard

I have learned quite a lot at my new work place, from my colleagues and the tasks I was assigned during my first 3 months. Hopefully, and I feel confident that, I will learn a lot more in the coming months. Apart from working hard at my day job, I really want to work hard on my relationships this year and my illustration work. I have been changing a lot of ways I used to have (ways that I am ashamed of having even had, and I will write a post about this in the future when I feel more comfortable sharing my intimate self to you, my reader) which I was never really fully aware of the impact these ways had on my life and my relationships with the people close to me. Here's to becoming a better human being!

Here's a relatable comic..

In order to keep my posts from not becoming too lengthy I have decided to make a series with this theme, as I have a lot more I'd like to write in terms of reaching my goals and cultivating goal-oriented habits and how these things have changed for me over the years. So stay tuned for future posts!

That being said, I would love to hear about your goals and what sort of things you want to achieve in the coming months. Please share with a comment below! :)

Friday, 5 January 2018

2017 Reflections...

Hi there

welcome to my art blog!

I decided to start it off with a review of 2017 in terms of my artistic career. I'm not usually a person of many words so I tend to keep descriptors short and sweet. My blogposts will also most likely be bite sized. haha~

2017 feels like the longest year of my life so far. It just never wanted to end! And I don't necessarily mean that in a bad way at all, It just felt like a lot more has happened than I had realised. Who knew that I graduated, took part in Emerging Creatives, finished a teaching course and started my first full time job as a designer all in just one year! My mind is still blown!

A look at 2017...

During the first few months of this year I slaved away on my major practical projects for my final exam. I was pretty much a recluse during this time (not that I am ever NOT a recluse lol!). These were a tough few months as it was very hot and I only have our little humid garage to work in! But alas! I survived and I managed to graduate with my Honours in illustration. I am so glad I did this degree, I learned so much about myself and my art approach, most of all I learned to let go and let the process take me to wherever my work was heading. This is a lesson I thought I only had to learn once, but it seems that I need constant reminder of this.   (haha scrap the part about this being short and sweet xD, seems I have a lot more to say than I thought I would!)

On top of graduating I was also chosen as an Emerging creative at the annual Design Indaba held in Cape Town. This was such an awesome opportunity and exactly the external validation I think I needed at the time. My confidence in my work has grown so much this year, even though I still have a long way to go still.

Along with this me and some girls got together to form an all-girl collective this year which is going really well so far. I took a back burner on my role in the collective when my life got a bit cluttered with responsibilities and a full time job, but the ladies in charge are doing an amazing job so far in organising our events and I have still been participating and contributing as much as possible.

Changing paths...

In terms of jobs I've had this year I had 2 part time jobs, one being in retail and the other being a primary school art teacher for grades 3-7. Despite my qualification as a Designer (I have a BA in visual communication design) I decided that I didn't want to persue that and would rather pursue being an art teacher. There were various reasons for this which I will not go into in this post. The main reason I will mention for now is my plans at the time (and ever since I started my studies) was to go teach english in South Korea.

I did my TEFL course and I was fortunate enough to have gotten a part time teaching position at a local primary school The teachers I worked with were amazing and friendly and I loved my time there. I grew quite fond of the children I had taught this year aswell. I think I will definitely do this a few times more in my distant future.

As time drew closer to the end of the year I felt that I needed a more stable job, one where there was room for me to improve my skills as a creative. This lead to me landing a very suitable job at a small design agency in Cape Town. I was sad that I wouldn't be visiting South Korea anymore (one of my dreams for years now), but I felt this was the best course of action that I could do for me and my happiness. I'm sure I'll have another opportunity to visit in my future.

This year was eventful and I only see further growth from here. I am ready to take on 2018 and improve myself as an artist and as a human being. Let's do this!