At the end of last year, I spent lots of time mulling over goals for 2008. I tried very hard to set myself an achievable challenge. Enough to feel like a stretch, but not too much to necessarily fail.
I did well in January, began to fall a bit behind in February, and now in March, I've achieved very little of what I planned for this month. So I'm having a bit of a rethink. Part of this results from the changing needs of my family and my recognition that I want to enjoy them and not always feel like they are taking away valuable art time! :D
What I Really Enjoy
- digital painting and sketching on the Nintendo DS
- experimenting with CPs
- historical reading of artists, their lives and their techniques
- brush and ink drawing
- basics of drawing - seems to me that sometimes I commit obvious errors and that a study of drawing would really help my confidence (and help me to see better)
- figure drawing - people fascinate me and I really want to incorporate them more into my work, but I need practice and greater knowledge
So, here is a revised look at April.
- Finish still life commission. (I've done one and a half of three in the series.)
- Update website. (This will remain something I do at least once a month.)
- Finish Taschen book on Japanese prints.
- Try and find another book on ukiyo-e
- Keep up Degas reading. (He was so influenced by the prints that I allowed myself to start reading about him this month, but now I've found a few great books and I just can't stop and wait until later in the year. This is partly what has slowed the ukiyo-e progress.)
- Work through some of the Mendelowitz book.
- Sketch people, both from life and from references.
- Sketch with colored pencils, working on my use of color.
- Sketch digitally.