The Christmas holiday was only two days ago, and there are only a few days left in 2017. To recap all of my art studio highlights this year is quite fun. I created plenty of art works and underwent some big changes in my art life and studio by making some decisions, and in doing so I continue to re-shape my goals and focus areas in my art career.
My Cartoons - I made the decision this year that while I'm not done with them and will always create them, I also know that they won't exactly get me to the career point that I need. They have some kind of purpose I know that for a fact, but I just don't know what that is exactly. I feel that I am naturally a cartoonist as I express my self so clearly and easily while I make them and I know that I truly identify with that art hat. They mean a-lot to me but I just can't make them exclusively. I have about 10 more pieces that I will release this new coming year in (2018), but all of the comics, graphic novels, story books, and all other projects I have for my cartoons will now be postponed because I need to focus!
My Nature illustration - [I have a brief explanation at the top of my Nature Gallery page]. I have decided to decrease my nautical portfolio until I get an underwater camera. I adore water life way too much to not illustrate it, so this will remain a section of my nature portfolio but just much-much smaller than I had originally planned. I will be adding more pieces this new coming year. My botanical art will remain strong in my nature portfolio and more new pieces will be added this year as well. My mineral portfolio will also increase and I have some goals in this area that may expand into mineral art but I'm still unsure at this particular time. I actually have one piece on the easel in oils as I post this blog. I did create a watercolor mineral earlier this month but it was just to get a feel for them on paper. I have a habit of releasing all of my artwork in low-res fuzzy /out-of-focus images and full of watermarks, despite the fact that I officially register them as copyright and everything I still always do that which may deter social media likes but I would just rather keep doing this.
My Fantasy Art - I have stated elsewhere on my online places that this is my favorite and chosen genre and my main art focus. After dinner I just finished planning (2018) in terms of the art I want to produce and the pieces I want to get done. I have been working in series and collections because I am a very organized person, but I think I'm going to relax a bit with this and while keeping my work cohesive of course, and still filing them in order on my website; I want to take things a painting-at-a-time in-lieu of these long series that I tend to plan. I'm way to structured for being an early career artist that's just trying to emerge, to hold myself so strictly and I really need to relax so I'm redoing my studio agenda to allow myself more flexibility. I also made a big decision to close my shop for 2019 but that's an entire other blog post. I also plan to participate in three very important art illustration challenges this new coming year: (1) Mermay in May, (2) Junefae in June, and (3) Inktober in October; so needless-to-say it's going to be a very art-filled year! I have a goal to start doing cons, and art shows in 2019-2020 which is far away but only because they cost so much, but it is still a very important far-away goal that I have. Festivals-on-the-other-hand, I have already done and they are fun but not really lucrative because you don't sell you just participate, and so these don't hold my interest.
My Books - (I have an Instagram for this area) I have these on the back burner to focus on my Fantasy Art. My novel and it's sequel and all of my other works involving my cartoons as stated before, will have to be postponed at this time. Meanwhile if I have an art book or sketchbook zine to put out these are much different and I plan to continue to keep releasing these yearly.