2010 was a great year. Definitely stressful at times, but most of the stress was positive. My illustration career officially began and I have had several pieces published, which was my main goal for the year. Now it’s time to set even more ambitious goals. In 2011, I plan to:
*Blog 1-2 times per week
*Add a new piece to my portfolio every month
*Follow a more focused daily schedule
*Jump back into comics by drawing a short comic once a week
* Redesign my website
*Begin researching and writing an all-ages graphic novel
*Research and consider looking for an agent
and *Participate in more collaborative projects I find via Twitter
I would like to thank you all for following me and always being supportive. I’ve invested a lot in this new venture and I’m poised to make lots of big strides this year.
Happy New Year to you all and may 2011 bring you success and happiness!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Thank you so much to everyone who has been reading the blog, following me on Twitter and/or supporting my first year as an illustrator. The support of friends (both online and off) and family (especially my husband Chris) has meant the world to me.
2010 brought many milestones including my first published illustration and I am in the process of writing down my goals for 2011, of which there are many, to be posted next week.
Also, we now have an adorable whippet puppy named Jad (after Jad Abumrad of RadioLab) and he would also like to wish you Happy Holidays.
This year I was fortunate enough to have a friend remind me about the Postcards from the Edge benefit exhibition for Visual AIDS. Above is my entry entitled “Too Many Birds.” Here is a description of the show from their website:
“Postcards From the Edge is a Visual AIDS benefit show and sale of original, postcard-sized works on paper by established and emerging artists. All works are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The works are signed on the back and exhibited so the artists’ signatures cannot be seen. While buyers receive a list of all participating artists, they don’t know who created which piece until purchased. All proceeds support the programs of Visual AIDS.
Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving the legacy — because AIDS IS NOT OVER!”
The show will go up at the CRG Gallery in New York City. The preview party is January 7th with the benefit sale on January 8th and 9th. Get there early because once a postcard sells it’s taken down! If you happen to go, I would love to see pictures of the party since I am unable to attend.
In other news, I recently downloaded WordPress and the premium Headway theme and will start redesigning my website after Christmas. Anything in particular that you love or hate about my site? I’m so excited to unveil the new site and I’m hoping that the learning curve for WordPress is manageable!
I also have loads of goodies I’ve received from friendly, talented folks on Twitter that I still need to post pictures of, so those will be coming soon.
I was recently asked to create an illustration for Pietopia 2011, a once a year event where participants submit any pie recipe and 300 word written explanation about how their life tastes, in a pie. They knew they wanted a woman on horseback with a giant, steaming pie and it was so fun to work on because I had great, clear directions of what they wanted.
We went through a few variations on the steam. Below is the final image I sent over. Tricia Martin, of Eating Is Art, was a real pleasure to work with and I hope the event is a huge success!