Thursday, January 19, 2012

Illustration Friday: Prepare

Copic Multiliner pen with digital paint & textures
Prepare, what a great word to start off the year with as I've definitely been in preparation mode this January. This is the time of year I like to set a theme for the next 12 months. This year I'm not planning on attending any conferences. The SCBWI conferences have been like a type of grad school for me, full of information and inspiration, but now it's time to focus on producing the work.

I'm grateful to have been asked to do a 10-15 piece solo show at a restaurant in our local art's district, and although it won't open until December I'll be working on paintings throughout the year. I've chosen a them for the show, and have begun thumbnailing pieces based on a story that's been developing. I'm also considering printing an art book of the series. I'm quite excited to see where this story goes.

So, this year will be about sinking into my own work, and thinking about my art in terms of a bigger picture. I'm enjoying the direction I'm going more than ever, so now it's time to have some fun! I'd also like to finally open my etsy shoppe. I'm now working on a couple mini paintings, and I'd like to get some prints made as well.

7 comments:

Karen Sagovac said...

Really like this illo! Congrats on the upcoming exhibition too! Sounds like you've really got your year planned out perfectly. Good luck with it all. :)

Nina Crittenden said...

I think 2012 will be a great year for you. An etsy shop will be so great, too! Go, Angela, Go! :)

Juana Martinez-Neal said...

Yep! 2012 is going to be a great year for you. Your mind is set for that and everything will just flow. You'll see. Cant' wait to see the new work!

Amanda Farquharson said...

Ah! I feel the same about conferences! Learning so much but focusing on producing great art is important too. Your illustration is adorable. I am also obsessed with Copic Multiliners. Good luck!

Christina Rodriguez said...

I've volunteered at my local conferences for 6 years now, and I've never thought about them as "grad school." That's such an apt description! I hear you on taking a break from them, though.

Angel said...

Great illustration! Super cute. Congrats to you on your upcoming show! Sounds like you'll be well prepared.

Bella Sinclair said...

WOOOHOOOOO! It's gonna be an AWESOME Angela year! Yay for the exhibition. That's crazy coooool! The book, the store -- oh my, I'm getting so excited!

Happy 2012!