A year of illustration. 

Rambling, analysis, and links to the pieces are below the cut.

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

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.