Hey Guys, Bea here! And a Happy New Year to you all!
This post will be dedicated mostly to my plans for 2016 and how I'll be running my blog going forward, but before that, I'd just like to take a a brief moment to reflect on the past year, and how it's changed me, as an artist
Prior to January 1st 2015, I was really struggling as an artist, just trying to find the right inspiration to get off the ground. Most of my time was spent working my day jobs, greatly dividing my attention. So, my art suffered, simply because I couldn't find the time to invest in my ideas and the betterment of my skills.
But something clicked on that day, Jan 1st 2015, and I decided I'd stop making excuses for myself and just go for it. And to keep me motivated, I started this blog to not only share my work with the world and those who care to see it, but to document my process. From the start, I knew that this was going to be a challenge, because of how easy it is to start something and not finish it, and how tempting it is to give up when things get hard, and believe me, I had my moments lol. But looking back on that day, and at how much I accomplished by the end of 2015, by simply simply sticking with it, I would have never guessed that it would take me so far, as an artist, and as a person, or that it would bring me one step closer to my dreams...
That said, I have arts to share!
Despite all the hardships 2015 brought, it did not come without its rewards, and turned out to be a year of many firsts for me!
- I went from producing maybe 3-5 pieces of art per year, to the over 50+ Illustrations and Sketches that make up my portfolio, as of today.
- From those pieces, I created my first portfolio book, which also turns out to be my first full portfolio of new and original work since I left college over 5 years ago.
- I flew out to San Diego and experienced SDCC for the first time, and had the opportunity to sit down with major companies, like Blizzard, and Nickelodeon, among others, and received my first set of portfolio reviews, outside of school.
- And, as of Nov 22nd, I decided to stop working my day job, and be a full-time artist-- which is the news I've been waiting for the right time to share.
So, November 23, 2015 was the day I began working as a full-time artist. Ironically, this did not happen by me quitting. Instead, the company I was working for simply decided to close the division I was working in, and though they offered me a position working elsewhere, I figured instead that I would take this opportunity to give my dreams a try instead.
I had considered leaving on my own many a times, but this was a company that I had been with for almost 8 years. I knew the work, I did it well, I had been promoted, and I didn't want to leave, for fear that if I did, I'd have to start back at square one... so I stayed. But when they told me they were closing out, It was like a door had opened just as that one was closing, urging me to...take the next step. To go for it, even harder.
Since then, I've had a lot of time to think about how I'm going to spend the extra time I have-- and how this is all going to work out. To be honest, it's a bit scary to think about. But like many of my friends, and people who I've met who reached the same fork in the road and made the same choice, I'm confident that if I play my cards right, and put in the work, I'll experience success like they have.
This brings me to the main topic of this post-- My blog and my plans for 2016.
After giving it much thought, I've decided to just scrap the Monday Evening Posts entirely, and for good reason. As much as I like the idea of having a regiment, I've found that in trying to stick with it, I'm more concerned with showing work for the sake of keeping time, than taking time to put more quality into my work, and the posts themselves. Instead, I think it's best I post casually, when I have something to share, especially since it allows me to put more soul into my work, and my writing.
Goals and Expectations:
If I may, I'd like you take a moment to talk about the art shared in this post. I started this illustration back when I decided to let my job go, in November, and it began with me drawing myself in a wedding dress, holding my sketchbook, and art supplies as part of my bouquet. When my friends asked what it meant, I simply told them, I love art, that I'm married to it, and committed to my dream of being a "successful" full-time artist, so that someday, I will be able to tackle the ideas, stories and concepts that I've been stockpiling for years, to share them and be recognized in the big world of art.
Of course, like the girl in the constellations, Estelle reminds me that my dreams are like stars- some farther off, but all are within sight, and some even branch off into others. Though touching the stars of your dreams may seem impossible at times, the goal is to aim high anyways, and see where it takes you. I've learned that chances are, you just might hit your mark
The mark for this year? I want to focus on creating art that is driven more by narrative. Most of 2015, my work consisted of character designs. Instead, I want to strengthen my ability to tell a story, and Illustrate. In addition, to keep my focus where it needs to be, I will be less concerned about how polished these illustrations are-- and more about how well I communicate my ideas, so you can expect that most of my personal works will be either sketches, rough concepts or speed paintings. I'll also be experimenting with various different mediums, like watercolor, pen and Ink.
So that's what the art shared today is all about. Experimenting with different art mediums, my sketchbook spilling it's pages of rough concepts, my ideas finding new life, and my dreams my goals-- which embody and all the things I hope to share with you this year!
This post has gone on long enough though! Thank you for reading, I really hope you all had an awesome New Year celebration, and here's to 2016! *Cheers*
You made very good progress in the last year alone, I´m sure 2016 will be great for your skills and inspiration! Don´t let yourself be set back by bad days, the good days always come easier if you don´t leave them to coincidence! <3
Also thank you for the boost of inspiration you've given me, especially since I'm in a somewhat pretty similar situation myself regarding the lack of confidence in my art, but wanting to make it my life. Let's hope and work hard in order to get closer to our goals this year!
My department was laid off a few weeks ago as well, and while I'm not happy about reentering freelance work, I'm also no longer interested in getting or settling for ancillary work (for the last 5 years I've been in various educational positions from instructor to director of online education). It's an anxious feeling but one filled with anticipation and excitement for a more directed and artistically satisfying future.
Hears to rushing headlong into destiny--life is an exciting adventure, if we let it be!
It is so pleasing and inspiring that you managed to grab this opportunity and now reaching new heights and living a dream !
Thank you for your words and your story, it's truly amazing !