Greetings, fellow deviants!
I will not be making resolutions this year. I will instead make goals for myself.
Most of the reason is purely psychological; resolutions have bad stigma. So instead of supporting an activity that produces more public negativity (especially in light of 2014's resolution-making, which I regret slightly), I'd rather focus my thoughts into what I want to do with my artistic proclivities. LONG-TERM GOAL:
To become an adept story-teller and express stories through illustrations and comics.GOAL 1:
This year, I plan on completing one finished, fully-rendered piece per month. I find this is important to bring my work to life, improve the technical skills I have barely used in 2014, and just become more conscious of how I spend my art time. I will study a new topic each month, and use the entirety of the month to plan composition and structure while learning new techniques to express myself. The hope is that my foundational skills will be exercised as I absorb more skills, to allow me to mature in a way that reveals my tendencies and interests to myself. I find I am vague about my preferences in artistic style during discourse with others, and I hope to discover them so I can more readily produce them in my work.GOAL 2:
Complete my "sketch-a-day for an entire year" mission. In February of 2014, I started a sketch-a-day challenge with four other twitter artists, determined to prove we could improve ourselves and make learning a habit rather than spur-of-the-moment. 33 days into the sketch-a-day, I failed to produce a sketch, and my motivation was broken. Despite this, I restarted the challenge in July, and have been going strong ever since: currently, I am on day 156. By completing this challenge, I will validate my desire to keep at art and constantly improve by focusing my ability to observe, decompose, and apply techniques I study. Going forward, the daily sketches will be used to practice the main focus of the monthly pieces I work on. GOAL 3:
I have a lot of projects to work on in terms of comics, but I also know I have a tendency to talk about them more than actually producing work. This year, I want to keep it simple and get two of my collaborations, where I am the writer, off the ground by writing scripts for each. Any other comic work I do will be to design the art styles and mull over the stories and how I want to tell them. I have four immediate projects capturing my attention, two of which are collaborations where I am the artist; so I either have to find time to give each the attention it deserves or stick to only the writing for the time being, until my schedule allows me to add another goal to this list.GOAL 4:
Faster turn-around for replying to comments and commenting on polls/updates/deviations! As of this moment, I have 190 comments sitting in my inbox. This never happened before, but since 2013 I developed a nasty habit of putting off responses until I had free time; this was a big mistake, because then it cut into art time! I'm going to try setting a bar of answering 20 comments a day and leaving 10 comments per day on people I follow and enjoy conversations with (something that can be reasonably accomplished in an hour). Being social is a big plus for this site, and is one of the biggest reasons I still use it, so I'd like to capitalize on linking up with friends new, old, and soon-to-be!
What are your goals for 2015? Let me know in the comments below.
And Happy New Year!!