I finished up 2011 with this new piece that's available as a print in my etsy shop! I titled it New Year because it represents the direction I'd like to take with my artwork in 2012. That doesn't mean I won't still be making adorable greeting cards, I'd just like to free myself up to do more work that's emotionally driven (since that's what I am!!).
I also really like how the iPhone case came out. You can snatch one up in my Society6 shop!
Not to get too in depth about my struggles of 2011, but I will say a few things. It was probably one of the most difficult years I've ever experienced, and at the same time, one of the most successful and driven years of my life. I guess you have to take the bad with the good and hope that it balances out in the end. I'm very thankful for all the love and support I've received and especially all the positive feedback I've gotten about my work. It feels very special to know that what I'm doing is meaningful to people other than myself. Without the help from you, I never would have been able to quit my soul crushing day job and successfully moved into full time illustration. I love where I'm at right now, career-wise. There is so much excitement in the possibilities.
(this was my calendar published in the Willamette Week gift guide!)
However, I realize that I sometimes teeter on the edge of being a workaholic. I think the hardest part of being self employed is knowing when to take a day off. It's not something that comes naturally when your office is in the back of your house and you can be at your desk in a matter of seconds. This is something I'm going to have to work on.
(Photo credit: Tim Roth)
Which brings me to the next thought: New Year's resolutions. I don't like to make a habit of forming unreasonable resolutions that I'll never stick to. Instead, I like to make achievable goals for a year, and I try to leave the state of my health out of it. Exercise and healthful eating are two things that come pretty natural to me. If I have some lazy days where I eat a whole bag of chips, a hamburger and a slice of red velvet cake, so be it! I'm not one to say NO to fat! Anyways, without further ado, here are my...
Goals for the Year 2012!
-continue to work as a self employed illustrator growing my business in any way possible
-learn how to better use photoshop in order to make more products under the Little Canoe name
-travel to more distant places, spend more time outside of Portland (branch out)
-get more organized in my business, figure out a booking system
-be honest and true to myself, recognize my needs, and always follow through
-try new things as much as I can
One recent experiment I've been working on is starting a new tumblr blog. It's partially an attempt to understand my origins and inspirations, and partially an exploration of my own personal past. I'll probably just be figuring it out as I go along, so bear with me. It's called...
I've put up some pictures of my parents when they were younger than me, falling in love, starting a family. It's important to me to get a feel for their life before I ever came into the world. How things change. We'll see what comes of this blog, if anything. Please have a look every once in awhile!
I'm going to leave you now, on this first day of 2012, with an uplifting song. Go out there and get 'em tigers! xo