Reviewing 2017 and Plans for 2018

December 28, 2017

Another year has come and gone and its a rather scary prospect that the world is still moving on. Yet at the end of it all, each challenge I faced and each victory led to ultimately creating a memorable year. 


As the year draws to a close, its time to reflect and review and look forward to what may happen next.  At the end of 2016/start of 2017, I listed a selection of things I wanted to complete. These included : 


1 : To Paint more

2 : Review Social Media existence

3 : Start Selling work

4 : Work on Illustrations

5 : Learn/Practice Digital


That tiny list expanded like bread dough. It lead to many ventures and some of which, became successful. I had not actually expected to actually do all of them! I took a hiatus from Social Media and I also chose to do more paintings than I was. I completed my own version of Inktober and I did sell some pieces! As for digital art, I didn't explore nearly as much as I wanted to, which is a shame but I hope to change that soon!

For 2018, I have made plans. I have a planner. I have it all written down. 365 days is a long time, yet it will fly by faster than any  of us will have expected. So to fill the fleeting moments, I have another list of plans!



Still, I feel that my photographs outweigh the paintings at a high rate. This is just me though and it is knocking some of my creativity. However, I have thought about a selection of different painting projects I could try and see.



For a LONG time, I have filled my time with drawing faces. This habit has seen styles come and go and also stories come and go. But at some point, I may want to move forward and embark on a career using illustration as the main source of income. But my characters currently look way too flat. I want them to be fluid and totally accurate to how I see them, which is alive. 



I have been working on loose paper for a while and I would like to return to the sketchbook. In school, they were our portfolios. But now I'm gearing up to actually leaving school and education, I dont have to worry about my sketchbooks being tidy and precise and full of facts and intentions, with more attention put to them than in some of the work. Now I can use a sketchbook and not fear of someone nitpicking at it and not criticising it. I feel that a return to the Sketchbook will be good for me, as it will make me think more about what I draw.


Who can say what else the year will bring, but for now, this will be plenty. I have other ongoing projects and ideas that I need to continue working on before jumping to a new concept, but like I have said, I get bored when I've finished a project and I need to keep moving, like a shark!


Anyway, I hope everyone has an exciting New Year and I'll see you on the flip side.





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