So for a new blog post I though I would write about my year so far, which might seem a bit strange in September. But I think its nice to reflect on what you have achieved so far! Being 22 and graduating University can be a bit of a weird time, you feel like you need to figure out your life and what you want to do as soon as you graduate. I think this can be exciting but a bit stressful at the same time. Theres so many options and how do you know which ones are right for you? I think in my head I’m just sticking with the phrases that Rome wasn’t built in a day or what will be will be (haha! as corny as it sounds) I don’t have to have everything figured out. So on a positive note I think that its nice to look at what you have achieved already. I would encourage other people who read this to do the same, we often get a bit sidetracked with worrying about whats to come in the future. So heres to celebrating whats already happened.
One big thing I did this year would be the fact that I graduated from my Illustration course. My course was three years and I was happy with my portfolio of work, at the end. I felt like I managed to find a way of working that I was happy with. Which reflected me as a person (what I was interested in and also the method of working). I discovered so much more about the illustration world, that I didn’t know when I started. I think I only had a vague idea on what Illustration was. I think it definitely fuelled my passion for the subject.
Getting my work stocked in a shop
Another big thing that happened this year was the fact that I got my work stocked in a shop! This was a really positive thing for me and very exciting. The shop that stocks my work is called Life’s Little Larks and is in Preston. Check out their Facebook page to see all the lovely things they stock in their shop. Its really an Aladdin’s cave of beautiful arts/crafts items.
I gave my website a make-over
I finally feel as though I have my website looking how I want it to. Its taken a while! I’ve gone through three re-design already. But I feel like I’m happy with it now. I like the fact that its not too busy as I think my other designs where. I think this website displays my work nicely as you can flick through the images easily. Take a peek if you like.
I feel as though I’ve really gotten into blogging this year too. I’ve been blogging with Illustration friday for over a year and more recently Fashion Philosophy. There both amazing spaces to share inspirations and write about who I admire. I really love to write about illustration as its something I’m passionate about and to be able to share my work and favourite designers with everyone is great!
Work/Art/ Play course
This year I decide to enrol in the online course that Amy Ng from the website Pikaland runs. I felt after University I’d burned out a lot of my energy but still wanted to learn as much as I could on the subject of Illustration. I didn’t really know which direction was the right one to take as I mentioned at the start of this post. This course really helped with pin-pointing which steps to take next, it helped me to create a to-do list, such as creating a newsletter, tips on blogging and how to market myself. I’m so glad that I took this course as I feel as though it freshened my mind and made me realise that things can be achievable if you take things one step at a time. If your a budding freelance artist I would definitely recommend checking this class out. The next one would be next year, you wouldn’t be disappointed with the results.
Projects featured on a website
For my last year project at University I decided to create an A-Z alphabet book on British Quirks. It was a project I really enjoyed making, I think its also the biggest project I have undertaken. I enjoy looking at the funny little things we all do and observational humour. So to combine two of my interests was exciting. I put this up online on my Behance and website and it then got featured on quite a few blogs such as Creative Boom and Design Taxi. This was the first time I had seen my work featured anywhere online, so it was such a confidence boost!
More recently, I have also been volunteering with The FIG Tree in Lancaster. I’m really glad that I decided to do some volunteering. As trying to become a freelance illustrator can be a bit lonely, your indoors quite lot working on illustrations and trying to promote yourself. So its quite nice to get out of the house haha! I think volunteering in itself is rewarding as its always nice to help people. I’m also getting to do some design work for them so its really fun to do! I’m also beginning to learn how to use one of those confusing coffee machines with all the buttons.
This was a bit of a longer blog post then I usually do! But thanks for reading this if you have. I would love to know what have been the stand-out moments of this year for you! Let me know in the comments below or even share a link to your own blog post of stand-out moments.