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January 20, 2010

Guess who’s taking a break from blogging?

Yup! That’s right….me.

Rather naughty for a Wednesday, huh?

Well someone has to set a bad example!

A careful review of my priorities clearly indicates that after said break – a drastic curtailment of blogging activities is also necessary.

It’s all Santa’s fault. He played such a blinder this Christmas, coming up with several gorgeous illustration related books. One book in particular had the same stimulating effect as when the first shot of caffeine kicks in. It gave me a deftly aimed thwack to the posterior, forcing me to establish whether I wish to continue treating my art as a hobby…. or gravitate towards it becoming a business.

Well duh!

Although this blog was intended to energise my artistic endeavours, the reality of me actually becoming an illustrator was an improbable quest playing at the edges of my imagination; an extravagant dream that was, perhaps, a bit far-fetched.

With all the warm encouragement received from too many of you to mention, some good practical advice and a dollop of vital determination – I must now critically re-evaluated my time and strive to take control of my creative future.

World domination, however, takes time, dedication and much more than caffeine. So, if I am to promote myself and be taken seriously within this very competitive area of work…sitting in front of the computer won’t get it done.

My first priorities must be:

  • Decide who my target market is.
  • Create an extensive portfolio of quality, specialised work.

…otherwise I’ll be obsolete before I’ve even begun to be mediocre.

Further time-consuming activities include:

  • Design a business card.
  • Build (attempt to) a website to showcase my work.
  • Enter illustration competitions.
  • Broaden and develop skills in related areas (learn Photoshop).
  • Attend seminars, masterclasses and extra art classes.
  • Register with professional bodies and agencies.
  • Think fatter.
  • Fake confidence.
  • Twenty lashes with a wet noodle whenever focus waivers.

Serious adherence to the above necessitates stepping away from the computer – less frequent updating of my blog and, regrettably, resisting the temptation to read your blogs as often. Unavoidable, alas. And anyway, blogging really has made my arse bigger…should you be interested.

Here’s a little something for you to ponder during the gaps.

Missing you already.

  1. January 20, 2010 2:37 pm

    wow, creative,
    and absolutely

    I always feel refreshed when I visit your blog, June,
    Keep it up
    and post more often…

    You Deserve Happiness
    You Can Do Better. 😉

    • January 20, 2010 3:07 pm

      Glad to refresh you Jingle. Erm, in this post I was saying that I would be posting LESS often 🙂 but I’ll try to do better.

  2. January 20, 2010 4:15 pm

    This is a huge step and I wish you the very best of everything along the way! I know you can do it. The above illustration is truly wonderful. I like how you used line, pointillism, and shading all in one composition and made it work. The red eyes are piercing! You go girl!

    • January 20, 2010 4:27 pm

      I did all that??? Glad you like it Leslie, I can’t stand it now it’s finished – as Jingle says, I can do better. The dark blue was done with Adobe Fireworks at the last minute to give it more drama.

      Thank you for your support and encouragement – it’ll be a lot of hard work and focus but luckily I have a passion…

      • January 21, 2010 1:39 am

        You mean you did that image on your fireworks. No drawing? The yellows and pinks and blues on the hands are on your program? Those yellow and powder blue dots are a filter on your fireworks program? I knew the dark blue was and the red in the eyes were, but I actually thought you drew this out and painted and then loaded it and applied the other.

        • January 22, 2010 11:20 am

          Only the dark blue swirls around the edges were done with Fireworks….and you spotted the red eyes too. 🙂 The face was drawn with graphite plus a touch of watercolour crayon – all lines and dots are in ink – hands in watercolour. Can’t tell you why such a variety of media were used, my brain was playing leapfrog in another room when I did this.

  3. January 20, 2010 5:06 pm

    June, that is so awesome. You have worked hard to get to this point, and I love that you are seriously pursuing illustration – that your faith in yourself has grown along with your skill.

    Go get ’em!

    But when your portfolio site is up, let us know, will ya?

    • January 22, 2010 11:29 am

      Try and stop me telling you every last nano-detail of the new site – you’ll wish you hadn’t asked! Methinks the hard work is just starting for me.

      Without all the warm friendship, tips and encouragement given by all who visit this blog I wouldn’t be at this stage now.

      Right, I’m off to get ’em. *salutes*

  4. January 20, 2010 5:44 pm

    Is there doubt… there is no doubt! From day one of visiting your blog I was captured by your creativity and talent. The art above says it all, Wow, Wow and more WOW!
    I’ll visit often for the hope of updates and I’ll keep my eyes open for the artist with the glowing Bum! LOL Good luck and all the best!

    • January 22, 2010 11:44 am

      Yes Ryan you were one of the first to encourage and support me – which meant a lot. You are multi-talented and a much better artist than you give yourself credit for.

      And yes, you’ll know when I’m around when you see the glow emanating from the monitor! :mrgreen:

  5. eclectnik permalink
    January 20, 2010 6:37 pm

    Good for you and I wish you success!
    I too have had a break from blogging for similar reasons but am about to attend the first of my new art class so watch out for more painting soon, well depends how it goes…
    Anyway, my similar reason has been getting a new business off the ground. I am making video clips for web sites, which can help do good things for making sites easier to find in Google and more interesting when you get there. Fancy a swap? You could design a nice logo for my new (coming soon) web site, and I could make a video for yours.

    • January 22, 2010 11:51 am

      Thanks mate. Yes, I worked out that you were industriously breaking new ground. I sense a mutual bout of back-scratching coming on…will e-mail you.

      Really hope you do get time to blog about your new art class. I use my class for experimentation (usually very messy) then put what I’ve learned into practise at home.

  6. January 21, 2010 12:05 pm

    I am torn between being really happy for you and being very sad for me.

    Good for you for deciding to go after your dream. Sad for us for not having your blog to look at and have you come and visit and post your insightful and witty comments.

    I hope you will at least post occasionally to let us see how you’re progressing with your quest to become ILLUSTRATOR to the WORLD.

    Yay you! Can you feel my support from across the pond?

    Oh, and can the picture of the woman above actually be the same person who put those lovebirds in a tree in a previous post? A very cool picture indeed. In it I can see you succeeding in your quest for world domination. Those red eyes are captivating. And that hair! Wow! How would anyone be able to say no to you?

  7. January 22, 2010 12:08 pm

    Snort! Don’t you worry Carol, in-between my endeavours in global mastery, I shall be keeping an eye on you all to make sure you’re behaving yourselves!!!!

    I have always been very aware of and grateful for your warm, strong support…which has probably endowed me with super-human powers…*leaves to collect all-seeing eye, whip and invincible cape* muwhahaha!

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