I am instituting the Couch to Illustrator (C2I) program starting today. Instead of sitting on my butt thinking about what I could be doing to be a better artist, I'm going to actually do something. And maybe...just maybe, I will see a change. Hopefully this time next year I will be able to say that my little plan was a success.
The C2I program includes the following (I am open to more suggestions by the way):
1. DRAW EVERY DAY! I think this is pretty important because like most skills, if you don't use it, you lose it. Practice makes perfect. Insert any other corny saying that applies. I will draw something every single day. I'm not saying I will create a masterpiece everyday, but I will put pen to paper, brush to canvas, or stylus to tablet for at least 30 minutes each day. Perhaps it will be doodling, or maybe it will be a photoshop painting that takes me weeks to finally finish, but rest assured, something will be happening. Every. Day. (This is probably my most lofty goal, but I think it is also the most important)
2. Blog once a week. If I'm drawing everyday, I shouldn't have a problem scraping together a blog once a week.
3. Figure out my own style. There are so many illustrators whose work I love. They all have such completely different styles. I am a master at copying anything, but I haven't quite figured out my own personal style yet. By drawing everyday, I'm hoping something starts to emerge.
4. Spend each month working on a different technique for creating art. This is all part of figuring out my style. I have the most experience with pencil drawing, so in order to diversify, I will spend a whole month learning and practicing different mediums. I know a month isn't much time to master anything, but I think it is good enough to see where my strengths and weaknesses lie. This list may change, but right now it looks like this:
- gauche/gauche resist
- colored pencils
- oil pastels
- carbon dust
In addition to helping me improve as an artist, these things will help me build my portfolio. My ultimate goal is that by the end of one year, I will good enough and diverse enough to start some freelance work on the side. During the year I will also work on research, marketing ideas, and create a website.
So what was I saying about making impossible goals??? Wish me luck interwebs peeps.