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.
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.
- Read books by successful illustrators.
- 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.