After reading so many great 2009 recaps and 2010 resolutions I've decided to draft my own - several days late, of course.
Last year I knew enough to not make resolutions. With a baby on the way, I just wanted to be prepared for a crazy year as a new mom. Deep down, I did think I'd have time to keep up the momentum of my illustration career.
But the best laid plans are nothing in the face of a baby and I spent a lot of time grieving over expectations. I bit off more than I could chew at times and felt really conflicted about my roles as mother and artist. I survived the year, and looking back I actually feel pretty good about what I did accomplish in 2009:
- Finishing a book job for a new client, see above, just weeks shy of giving birth. It was a struggle to paint 10"x20" at a drafting table while enormously pregnant. I finally made the leap into eyeballs with pupils on my humans, woo hoo!
- Displaying my work at the New Hampshire Children's Museum along with the very talented Laura Rankin and Nate Walker.
- Completing another piece for New Moon magazine, mostly visualized while rocking a newborn.
- Preparing 2 rounds of endless designs for a big licensing client. I didn't land the contract but I like the program I put together and can resubmit elsewhere.
- Giving my first presentation as an illustrator at a library. I was so nervous, but in the end I think it was a success and a milestone.
- Writing a solid picture book manuscript for a story that I've had in mind for years.
- Keeping a great client for book design work. It may not be illustration, but it's great work when I get it.
I find it easy to turn resolutions into more of a wish list rather than an short list of attainable goals. I feel like I'm already reaching here, but there needs to be a little stretching for the stars, right?
- Complete my picture book dummy and submit (potentially during the NESCBWI spring conference)
- Send out a postcard mailing by March
- Redo my website, integrating my blog to my main site.
- Pursue art representation
- Cleaning my office would be nice too!
Thank you to all of my readers for sticking with me throughout my extended blogging vacations. I plan on doing a little giveaway soon as a thank you. I also want to point you to a new blog launching tomorrow: Smells Like Crayons. My critique group is kicking it up a notch and joining the blog-o-sphere, go check us out! They are so talented and the best support an illustrator could ask for.