I hate the term "resolutions!"
As we come to the end of the year, I always like to take December to assess how far I came in the year that passed, and draft a road map for the year ahead.
In the artistic aspect of my life, 2012 was incredible. I have been a casual sketcher my whole life, but this was the year that I was inspired to get serious with it. Looking back, the path was obvious, but it didn't seem so at the time.
It started when I attended Emerald City Comicon for the first time in several years. I was blown away by all the talent and energy, and inspired to do something, although I didn't know what. About a month later I got an iPad and started playing Draw Something.
After playing the game for a few weeks, I realized that I was WAY more into the drawing than the playing. I downloaded the free Sketchbook Lite app, which led to finally starting the webcomic I had always talked about doing. I'm finishing up the year with a thriving business in merchandise made from my own artwork, and I'm close to being able to offer prints of my original artwork for sale.
You don't always know when you're going when you take that first step. But if you keep following the path, and have faith that you're headed in the right direction, and you keep pushing yourself to work harder and do better, it is truly amazing what you can accomplish in a few short months.
One of my goals for 2013 is to take some baby steps in painting with oils or acrylics. I have never gone beyond giving my pen and ink illustrations a watercolor wash, in all my years as an amateur artist. Why? Because I felt that oil and acrylic paints were "too expensive" and something that "real artists" used. Subtext: "I'm not worthy."
And you know what? That is a dumb thing to think. Really just idiotic. I feel like it's time I finally threw that kind of self-defeating talk out the window and at least give "real painting" a try. Maybe I'll hate it; that's fine. I want to at least be able to say that I tried.
When you think about where you want to be at the end of 2013, ask yourself what's holding you back. Why aren't you at that spot now? Make 2013 your year of removing roadblocks!