The Artist's Desk: Works In Progress

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

This week, I am sharing the pieces I have been working on, as well as a couple that have (finally) went off to their new homes! I am so grateful to everyone online who has supported my artwork with their likes, comments, and of course.. your commission requests! It makes me smile to know that my artwork is bringing other's joy.

Kickstarter: Supporting other artists

I found out about this cool platform called Kickstarter through Instagram and various other social media outlets. I never really was fond of the GoFund me aspect; it always seemed like begging for funds, to me. Especially when you browse some of these pages where people are asking for money for frivolous things and not to help a real cause. In terms of Kickstarter, most campaigners are artists who are asking for support to create a project that they are passionate about. In return, the Backers (or those of you who donate the funds for the project), actually get something in return! Their are usually several tiers of rewards depending on the amount of your donation that could range from artwork prints, digital downloads, and more! I am really liking this platform and feel like it is really made for artists to get their work out there. Of course, there are rules/regulations...but you can visit Kickstarter yourself and read up on those.

Today, I wanted to talk about the first project I've ever backed on Kickstarter and one that I feel completely confident in it's success : the Tarotwave card deck.

Setting new art goals

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about where my life is and where I want it to go, career wise. With that being said I have been taking steps toward building the the career path I want to be on. The art industry is tough. There is never a lack of talent in any field wether it be illustration or graphic design. Standing out from the competition is hard when the industry is saturated with talented budding artists. What do I want? Who do I want to be? These are questions I've been contemplating for the last month.

For over a year I have just been settling. Settling for whatever gets me to my next short-term goal, but now I seriously have to consider the long term. I have been engaged for almost 2 years and I have to think about the family I want to build. I am ready to be living in my own space, married, and actively working on my long-term goals; not just planning for them. With that being said, I think it's time for me to move forward from my current career path; designing mail marketing materials. I am grateful for all of my experiences from past employers, but if I want more financial independence and freedom, I have to think of myself and my family.

I have been applying to jobs all across the board from clerical positions to other design jobs. Anything I think I have the ability to do successfully (and even some positions I may have to learn more about). I have to start believing in my own resolve more and go forth confidently. It is nerve racking, but I am more fearful of being stuck and not progressing forward like I need to.

Here is to the start of something new!

On a more personal note, I have so many fun projects that I want to execute. The first, and most important, being building my portfolio (both graphics and fine art). I really want to dedicate time for a watercolor painting series. Both exotic fish and tarot inspired imagery. I've also played around the idea of creating a digital doll magazine centered around reborn doll collecting. So many ideas, not enough time!