January Wrap Up
It’s been a heck of a start to 2017 to say the least. This month has been filled with highs and lows, but I’ve done myself proud. This post is a low-down of mostly art related things of note that have happened. I’m aiming to do these throughout the year to give myself some perspective on my accomplishments, and of course to take you guys along for the ride!
Getting down to business
As much as any other individual ushering in the new year, I’ve set myself goals and challenges in an attempt to further my art career. On January 1st I decided I was going to take on a drawing challenge and produce a doodle a day. At first I thought this might be too much for me, but I’ve successfully completed every day this month. It feels really good to be doing this much drawing and I’m 100% committed to filling out the rest of the year. If you’d like to catch up on these, you can find them right here.
I’ve finally published my website after sticking a holding page up 10 months ago. It’s been a long time coming and it isn’t quite where I want it to be, but it’s getting there. I’ve also tried to unify my branding for Twitter and Facebook to match with the new site. Eventually I’ll get to drawing more graphics to go along with it, maybe once I have some breathing time from con prep! Speaking of con prep…
I’m thrilled to say that I’ll be tabling at both MCM Liverpool (in March) and MCM London (in May). Doing MCM conventions was one of the biggest goals I set for myself this year. I was over the moon when I got my confirmation. You can bet your buttons I’m going to be doing all I can leading up to the events in preparation. I genuinely can’t contain my excitement for these events. I look forward to seeing you all there!
Prior to the issues with my tendons, I was pushing out 2 illustrations a month. January’s been the first month since October I’ve put out 2 new pieces. I’m tremendously proud of myself for getting these done. Doing art’s never easy but bringing my focus back in and pushing through it has felt very rewarding. Hoping to keep this momentum going throughout the rest of the year.
I’ll be honest with you, this month has been really hard. The world is a scary place right now and it’s definitely taken a toll on mental health. I’ve accepted that it’s okay to be scared, it’s okay to be sad, and it’s okay to not feel like things are okay. The key is trying not to let it consume you and remember there is good happening. There are people fighting, resisting, creating, and being kind. Remember to take care of yourselves as best as you can. Never give up, never surrender!