A year of illustration.
Rambling, analysis, and links to the pieces are below the cut.
I’ve been working on my illustration all year. Like, that’s all I’ve been doing. I feel like it’s paid off. In terms of skill, not money, jeeze. Now is probably the time to point out that I can only do this because my husband works and his income supports me. February’s piece was right at the very limits of my ability. I’ve come a long way.
In January I made a lot of fan art. In February I had a tech breakthrough and also found some art communities online. In March I created five pieces/week, in order to build up a portfolio. In April I made better work. In May I was exhausted. In June I turned 25 and started illustrating a phonics book. In July I finished the phonics book. In August I took Nathan Fowkes’ composition course on Schoolism. In September I illustrated another phonics book. In October I visited Books Illustrated and they gave me advice on my portfolio. At the end of November I got two commission emails on the same weekend. Now, I’m trying to focus and rebuild my portfolio. My art is better now. I’m excited for the new year. I have new hopes and dreams and goals and vague ideas.
It’s been a good year.