So here we are, at the end of our MATS Bootcamp journey. I am feeling both excited and lost. I will spare you the details of my internal struggle and jump right into the assignment. If you haven’t closed the browser window by the end of this post, then we’ll talk about my thoughts more. Ha ha!
Mini Assignment: My Favorite Drinks We were asked to draw our favorite drinks 15 minutes a day for a week. We were asked to play, and draw on at least 1 new surface that we haven’t drawn on before. We have a Facebook Group for our class, and each assignment we were allowed to share our drawings. But for this month, we were asked to not share our drawings and focus on our own development rather than getting influenced by others. We can share photos of our favorite drinks though.
Mini Assignment: People / Vintage Dolls
I was in the middle of preparing and going on my trip to Surtex when the May assignment hits, so things were a bit hairy, but manageable. The mini assignment was to draw people and vintage dolls, and we should consider using a technique that we haven’t tried before, and/or is outside of our comfort zone.
I have just gotten back from Surtex, an art and licensing show in NYC, that happened between May 18-20. There were so much to learn, so many great people and wonderful artists to meet, and so much to see! I was a nerd and I was there for 3 days in a row (all half days), and I wanted to recap on what I have seen and learned.
My husband never know what to get for me for any occasion (!), so I asked for a Wacom tablet for my birthday. I have always drawn with my mouse and I had no problem with that. I gave the Wacom tablet a try 15 years ago and I didn’t like it. I thought the world must have changed in these 15 years so I want to give it another try. Little did I know, it really changed. I got this extremely fancy thing called the Wacom Cintiq 13HD Creative Pen Display.
Long story short: While it is a nice expensive gadget that I don’t mind having, I doubt I would buy it myself (or in fact, I would have stopped my husband from buying this had I knew). Here are some of my thoughts.
March is over before you know it. This is one of the most overworked assignments I have done, and I am still not happy with it… partly because no matter how hard you tried and were satisfied with what you did, you look at what your classmates are doing, and they just blew your mind. Sometimes it made me want to dig a hole, hide and cry, and just forget about drawing and go flip burgers in McDonalds.
This is cliche, but this blog is indeed a part of my new year resolution. Here is my very ambitious resolution for 2014:
Do what makes me happy: To be honest, I was at a point where I am a bit tired and rusted. Up until my early twenties, I drew and designed for fun. I stayed up to design not because I got paid (I didn’t), but because I enjoyed it. I only think about money nowadays, and how much I should charge when a certain effort is made. I didn’t like that. I want to draw, design, and create projects that makes me happy while not to think about money.
Design, Draw, and/or Work After Connor Goes To Bed: For the past two years, I was always exhausted after my 2-year old son, Connor, goes to bed (and he goes to bed at 7:30pm!) I found myself staring at the TV between 8pm-midnight for much of 2013, which I HATE.
Start a Blog: I want to start a blog that documents my design journey, provides printable templates, and help out a few crafty mothers along the way.
Establish an Illustration Portfolio: Rediscover my style and establish an illustration portfolio from scratch that I actually love and can be proud of.
Establish an Etsy shop: Sell my art and designs and provide custom services where it is appropriate.