Add a little self challenge if you please

I have been in a mental slump. Not a creative slump but I felt as though things weren’t moving as well as I would like them to be and no matter what someone tell you, you are the worst critic.

Sometimes life happens I get that, but in retrospect, it always does. Life doesn’t stop or give you a break because you can’t take it. No life is really crappy and hard and being an adult with constant worry and responsibility is all part of the fun. But how we decide to embrace those life challenges and how we react to it will either stop you or fuel you to carry on.

For my well being I needed to get away for a while to gauge things and reset. So, back in November I went to the UK to clear my head, meet some old friends and ultimately get some perspective about my life and the direction I wanted it to go.

It was an amazing experience, and if you have never gone alone on a trip I advise it highly. It shakes your core and wakes you up! And the wonderful thing about going alone is that you don’t have to wait for anyone and if you want to go somewhere you can! lol

While there I explored and thought long and hard about all I had done everything I wanted to do so far with my own personal goals and ambitions. But I also realized that I was not challenging myself in the correct manner.

What do I mean? well I put my self in constant states of stress adding more and more projects to keep my head spinning, but what was I doing to grow creatively on a personal level?

We all are looking for that almighty dollar yes, but what are we doing to help that on our own scale of things? Are we improving our craft? or are we simply regurgitating what we already know and can do well?

If you are good at what you do then why change it? It’s not about changing it. More like it is a continual flex and practice so that you can make it better!

So I decided that no matter how busy I get I will always make time to challenge myself daily to improve.

Whether it is sketching once a day for yourself or writing a poem or page in your book or walking everyday etc. It is about fine tuning the you to make a better version of yourself.

We can easily get lost with work and responsibilities. But it is also our job to maintain our core so that we always shine bright even when the world isn’t.

You will be happier and the ones you love will see it and feel that too. SO what you do as a personal challenge for yourself will make you better and keep the creative juices flowing and flexing that ever present muscle.

Namaste

Being what an Author needs

By now you have decided you want to become an illustrator, that’s great! But how do you go about it?

Well, to start you should already have a portfolio online so potential customers can view some of the already fine works you have been able to produce.

What if I don’t have any past works to show? Well then now is the time to get some made. The work you put in now will pay off later. People are visual, they want to see what you are capable of.  Even if your style may not be everyone’s cup of tea the one that is looking for you needs to see your genre or type of work you can produce.

You need to find your skill that you excel at and stick to that type of Author who is looking for what you can produce.

When it comes to children’s books,elizabethcampbellearth-eye the art must be fun bright and engaging for the ever learning young minds of tomorrow.  The illustrator must be able to do various poses of the same character page after page and be consistent in color and style.

Practice makes perfect. In order to get better, we must continue to grow as artists, ever expanding our craft to make it better and better. Self-help shops online are a great way to learn tools of the trade without going back to school and keeps you up to date on the latest and greatest. It can be a wonderful asset to have in case you get a project that requires some different skill sets.

Want to learn more about how to become an illustrator?  stay tuned and I will be having a course that can guide you to learning the basics of the world of illustration.

I can’t give all my secrets away for free but there will be lots of tips like this that can help the aspiring artist grow. So stay tuned because this information I am giving has been proven to work for me and will work for you as well.

 

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Namaste