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July has ended and it’s been a strange mix of some great milestones here, but also an acknowledgement of my continued struggle with burnout.
To start off, Kev and I packed up the FINAL Kickstarter order after a year and change of consecutive Kickstarter campaigns dedicated to the Birthstone Goddesses enamel pins!
It’s been amazing to see how fans, new and old, have turned out to support this pin series’ creation. The pins are complete and I am so happy with them! That’s one big project milestone for the Birthstone Goddesses complete:
(The entire series is now available in my shop!)
Now, we can sit back and get some much needed rest! This year-long journey has shown me what my limits are as a one-person business and that I just can’t do this all by myself without sacrificing my well-being. It shows me I can only do two Kickstarters a year at most, and that it’s super important for my creative wells to not sacrifice so much of my time painting to business upkeep, promotion, and project management.
It showed me I was very bad at taking time off as well! It just wasn’t possible. The last few months I kept trying to take time off, but there was always something in Backerkit that needed setting up, ads to design, proofs to approved, and Kickstarter things to promote before the next deadline.
So now for vacation take three (or four?), I’m losing count! Now that there are no more Kickstarter things until next year, I’m taking some ACTUAL true and proper time off! Reading this article on artists defining and struggling with their burnout really made me pause and think about some specific strategies for myself to set better resting habits!
Our creativity is a muscle that can be strained and it’s a skill they don’t teach in school.
I’m giving myself permission to have fun in August, do non-art crafty projects, and play all the video games! And THIS TIME I will not have to worry about unavoidable Kickstarter deadlines encroaching on that all-important rest time.
I’ll still be sharing a new coloring page and new art. I’ll be meandering with fun art, like Anko’s 6 Outfits Challenge, finishing more portraits for my charity drive, and sharing more creative journey posts here, for a little while. The Birthstone Goddesses are entering their final phase for me and there’s a lot I want to tell you all about where we’re going from here, once I’ve rested a bit!
I hope you all won’t mind seeing my continued art diversions here for a little while longer! The Birthstone Goddesses will return momentarily, but as I’ve been going full steam ahead on them for 6 years (wow!), it’s important that I let it rest for a little while to finish off the final phase with a bang! I’m planning some very different illustrations to be included in the art book and I am SO excited to get into something that’s less Mucha and more ME.
Originally posted on my blog
Hello from Day 52 of self-isolation! This week has been the first week since self-isolation started that I haven't been crazy busy juggling pin samples, Kickstarter promotion tasks, etc. The final campaign for the Birthstone Goddesses Pin series on Kickstarter wrapped up this month and I'm celebrating finishing up this next phase of this project! All that's left now is to produce the pins and ship them out.
Next, I'm excited to start work on the next phase of the Birthstone Goddesses with some new art I hope to create in a more fantasy vein for the art book, plus the long-awaited wall calendar. Wonderful things are on the horizon, which I hope to work on this year and release next year via Kickstarter when things are hopefully a little more stable for everyone!
But first, I'm enjoying some downtime! May is going to be about letting myself rest and relax to recharge some of my burnt out batteries now that the Kickstarter gauntlet is officially over. We had been planning a trip to Myrtle Beach to celebrate, but until it's safe to travel, we're having a staycation instead. I'm amusing myself catching up with shows like The Expanse and Dr. Stone and playing video games like Overcooked 2 and Bloodborne.
I'm also excited for letting my muse off the leash to explore something new for a little while! I'm planning to take on some short term art topics for May, including the May Sketch A Day event (which is where you try to sketch anything once a day in May), plus these other fun ideas:
Along with posting the next few Birthstone Goddesses related Rewards, I'll be sharing my adventures with art memes in May. Feel free to do them along with me!
How have you all been holding up? How are you keeping yourselves busy? I'm looking forward to having a little quiet time for art and introspection now that this phase of my project is well and truly finishing up!
More art soon!
Hey dA fam! I’ve been wanting to get back to streaming art again now that things have calmed down somewhat and I’ve got a huge backlog of designs that need digital coloring.
Go vote in the poll and let me know what time slots work best for you!
I’m thinking of streaming on two separate days, one would be in the afternoon and the other in the evening so I can catch people in different time zones.