Iâ€™ve made it a habit of taking a moment at the beginning of the year to review my past year and look forward to the next one.
And soâ€¦ hereâ€™s my look back, and my look forward!
2017 stank, in a lot of waysâ€¦ and was truly amazing in others. I struggled a lot emotionally, and grew a lot artistically.
At the beginning of the year, my 1st-gen Surface Pro stopped functioning as a tablet. Up to that point I had been making my coloring pages in Clip Studio Paint (Manga Studio). Losing my tablet drawing capabilities forced me to start working in real media. This was a Good Thing and has improved my craft quite a bit. I miss my Manga Studio, and Iâ€™m working to get back to it, but my craft will not suffer, and that is a good thing.
I had two solo exhibits this year: one at the local public library, and one at a gallery in my hometown. I sold 6 paintings. That is more than I have ever sold in a single year, let alone at a single show.
I participated in (AND COMPLETED) Inktober!
And I PUBLISHED A COLORING BOOK O_O
Paintings completed: 10
Paintings sold: 7
Coloring pages completed and posted: 35
Books published: 1
Things I want to do in 2018:
I want to share more. I want to write more. I want to create things I’m proud of and things I’m ashamed of, as long as I’m creating. I want to have the courage to share things before they’re perfect.
I maybe want to extend my â€œInktoberâ€ outside of October. I want to draw things just for the fun of it. I want to draw things to please myself.
I want to publish another collection of coloring pages.
I want to finish writing Songseeker and start something new.
I want to read more.
Will I do those things? Well… I’m going to start now and do my darnedest. ^_^