2016/2017 – Thoughts for the New Year

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2016 is already coming to an end. The deaths of David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, political madness in the U.K. and U.S.A., racial tensions and war made 2016 seem like a very bad year. With everything that happened around the world, it is hard admit that I was happy with my quiet progress in my own little corner of the internet. However, I am very thankful to my friends and family who have been so encouraging with my illustration, and I want to keep building on this progress in 2017. Calling things ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ makes them sound certain to fail, so I will only say that these are my thoughts for what I would like to accomplish in 2017:

  • Figure out printing and open an Etsy shop
  • Get my first commission as a freelance illustrator
  • Start ‘Illustration Sunday’, where I upload one blog post, one vlog and (two) illustrations every Sunday

I think that for me, steady continuation is the key. In 2016 I found that after a couple of weeks of concerted effort in regards to my illustration, I would take a break lasting another couple of weeks to recharge. I want to change this pattern; rather than all or nothing, I want to aim for a steady burn. I am sure that a lot of young illustrators grapple with having full time day jobs whilst trying to push forward their illustration in their ‘free’ time. However, I feel that as long as my passion is equal to the task, I can keep moving forward.

Wishing you positive thoughts and inspiration for 2017.

Ottilia

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Holly, mistletoe and pine for Christmas

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