Plans for the Rest of the Year

Sorry, but today won’t be an entry about how I’m having reverse culture shock and all of that. I’m sure that entry will be coming soon, but as I am writing this from the past, I have no idea how I will feel in the future. Instead, I’d like to take some time now, before my life becomes topsy-turvy again, and lay out some plans for the rest of the year. Yes, this is for accountability reasons as well, but also because you guys know I’m super open with what I am doing both on the art side and the promotion side.

 

  1. Set up the art studio
    This seems like a no brainer, and something that will get done quickly, right? I mean, I had one before I left Japan, right? Well, sort of. I had a tiny little corner of a room, where I had to stow supplies, reference, and my desk on top of each other. Now that I will actually have a studio, things will be a bit different. I’m not going to let myself buy too many things (namely because I have no money), but I have to get a new computer desk ASAP. The one I currently have has been falling apart for years, not to mention I’m not entirely sure I can get it into the art studio… anyway, before I can do any moving whatsoever, I have to first clean it out (it was an old storage room in the house, i.e. there’s a bunch of crap in it), paint it, and then set it up. That, hopefully, will be taken care of my first week back—with any luck, as this entry is posted, I will, in fact, be doing just that!
  2. Commissions
    Commissions will be opening super soon. For the time being, I’ll be relying on commissions to pay bills and buy food.
  3.  New paintings!
    Like, a lot. I’ve got thumbnails, I’ll have my paints back, it’s going to be great. I’m going to be trying some new techniques and there will be a lot of experimentation in the next month or so.
  4. The site
    Web maintenance and changing some things with the format are things I’ve been putting off, so I have probably weeks of fixes to look forward to in the future.
  5. YouTube
    I’ve been planning this for a super long time, but I will be going to YouTube! Well, I mean, I’m already there but I will finally start posting things. There will be process videos at first, but I am open to suggestions on what other videos people may want to see. I’m tempted to do a vlog of the days of setting up the studio, but it might be better not to distract myself while putting things together.
  6.  Mailers/New Business Cards/Social media/Self-Promotion
    While some might argue that should be the first step in my journey, and I have been working on it, I just feel I need to turn over some pieces in my portfolio before I can start sending things out. I’ve given myself a small window to produce some new work, and then I must start contacting Art Directors. It’s true that you never will be good enough, and that is partially holding me back—but when I look at my portfolio I see a lot of fanart, and not a lot of focus. I need to zone in on things, prove that I am awesome in them, and that will help me get a job than anything else I can do. So, yes, new work, then going to this step. Don’t put the cart before the horse, Aja.
  7. Convention Schedule for 2015
    I’ll be plotting and planning starting this month. I know I won’t get all the shows I apply to, so I need to have a bigger list then intended. It looks like I’ll be sticking to the East Coast for 2015. Maybe in 2016, California. My big pie in the sky is to go to a workshop for illustration and/or comics, and because of that, I need to save my pennies, and boost my portfolio.
  8. Play
    Play? What? Really? Yes, play. If having my Moleskine has taught me anything, it’s that I stopped playing in art at some point in my life. Was it in college? Was it before? I don’t know, but I need to allow myself to have fun, because in having fun, I start to discover things about my own art I never knew, and am much more open to experimentation.
  9. Comics
    I keep waffing back and forth how I’m going to return to working in the medium of comics. Should I do a one shot that’s got nothing to do with anything? Or a bio-comic about Japan things? Or just jump into the epic? Or do a one shot that is associated with the big epic and then move on to the epic? WHAT? At the moment, I’m still not sure. I’m hoping the 8 things above this will give me some clarity on where I should go first. Chances are, it will be a short first, so I can put that short together quickly and get it on the web, and build from there.

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