An Announcement for 2018

I’ve started up the Morning Monsters again! Woohoo! Here are the first three.

 

I’m having fun with these. There is a small bit of character challenge in them – trying to come up with different looking monsters with different monster personalities that have different monster backgrounds… I’m trying to immerse myself in what I love to do more and more.

Which brings me to the second part of this post: Plans for 2018.

I am going to create a children’s book!

I am not sure what it will be yet – or anything about it really. I just know that:

  1. This is a dream of mine.
  2. I think I have some quirky stories in me that could make fun books with fun illustrations.
  3. It will be fun.

Let me be clear that this isn’t a “I want to become a children’s book illustrator” announcement (though I do think this experience will help that goal). This is a “Here’s what I want to create next” announcement. I really want to create a children’s book – develop a story, develop characters, craft it all up, illustrate it, work work work…  I am not sure what the end product(s) will even be. It may be nothing more than a mockup or a couple of Blurb books I fork over money to have made. But this is going to be my creative discipline for the foreseeable future, and I’m really excited! It’s what I’ve always wanted to do, and I’m not sure what I’m waiting for any more.

The other part of it is that I would love to build a community around it. I hope to have some fun social media tools to help with this  beyond Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I’m not sure what that’s going to be yet. It may be Patreon, it may just be this blog, it may be some sort of newsletter? Still figuring this part out.

So yay – a book! That’s going to mean more drawings! Challenging and pushing my skills to create things I haven’t yet! Characters! Writing!!!

I’m excited and I hope you come with me on this journey. More soon.

 

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Back to Blogging…

Hello, hello! It’s been awhile. Things have been changing in the office, and I’m excited to start creating more again.

I have some goals, as well as just some general thoughts…which look something like this when I’m thinking about them:

BlogThoughts

That’s a big question mark on a big piece of paper as I ponder at my desk. I have been listening to podcasts about art and illustration, reading online, and have a ton of ideas that I need to pare down. But the main and first goal is to make this illustration thing a bigger part of my life. Then I will see where I can go with that.

How might I be starting that, you ask?

1. Draw every day. No, really. Something…anything. Draw! Instead of picking up my phone to look through reddit or facebook, I should pick up a pencil and draw.

2. Blog. I miss writing, and I feel like it’s a pretty important ingredient of my creative soup, so I want to revisit that practice. Plus, it’s fun.

3. Take advantage of getting more space in the office (!!!) Greg (my husband and business partner) and I have been sharing about 120 square feet for a while now. It’s crampy when you’re trying to make prints and package things for an Etsy shop. It’s tough to make the space work for your graphic design business as well as a space to draw, without constantly spilling out into other parts of the house. To solve that problem, we are building an amazing office space in the separate garage that will be all his, which also means I get this room to be all mine again. Woohoo for being able to spread out the arms! Goal is by August. We seem to be on track for that date.

Starting there. And look, I just did number 1 and 2. And I’m going to go outside to mud some more walls in the office, so there’s some work toward number 3 for the day as well. High five!