- Dedicated more time into hard skills like drawing and writing
- Better organized myself and my projects using Trello and Wunderlist
- Strengthened my skills in InDesign (aka – my ‘spider’ of design software)
- Strengthened my speaking skills by doing a slew of Live Streams on facebook
- Teamed up with a webdesigner friend to develop my website
- Explored being a Project Manager for a Print Company
- Earned Around $8,000 via UpWork, LinkedIn, and Personal Outreach
- Developed a personal fun project to keep myself motivated for all the boring projects that pay bills
- Connected (and kept connections) with more people in my field
- Developed stronger connection with family and friends thanks to my live streams, Glide, and reaching out
- Adopt schedules and set/meet deadlines
- More TBA on Friday 😉
I recently took some ‘glamour shots’ for my professional profiles thinking it was no big deal – but the feedback was really interesting and spurred on this analysis:
The most anti-climactic win Ever.
A man’s reach should exceed his grasp. – Robert Browning
Thanks to Inktober, I have a good bit of artwork to use for my tshirt shop! Two uploaded today and they look pretty dang good if I do say so myself. I already have plans for the second round which will feature watercolor elements to these designs.
I’ve noticed that when I’m trying to get one thing done, a whole lot of other things get done in the wake of anticipating that one thing.
Today, I opened my UpWork profile up for proposals again and within 5 hours, received 7 invites for projects. Business wise, it was a pretty good day all around. … despite me not making my 5 Design Goal of the day.
This is what happens when I set my sights on something – I feel like I should be busy doing Something at any given moment – even if it’s not what I originally intended, I still get interesting things done.
This is probably how serendipity finds me.
And tomorrow I’ll try again to reach my goal.
There are a Lot of online shop platforms out there.
There’s a lot of questions to ask when publishing to any of these: “What kind of quality is it?” “What’s the community like?” “What’s most popular in these stores?” “What percentage do I receive?” “What seems to be most requested?”
I chose to go with Design by Humans for my upload today because the marketplace is more ‘my style’…or the style I’m going for, at least.
Society6 is a close second favorite of mine – neither of these give very good pay outs… but, the ones that give better percentages either a.) are crappy quality or b.) terrible buyer/customer interface or c.) all of the above (Here’s looking at you Zazzle and Threadless!).
So…aiming for 5 designs uploaded was a bit ambitious when I hadn’t made my mind up about which store to go with… But I did get one up! The idea is to do a series of ‘Spiderlove’ featuring some of the artwork I made during Inktober. Check it out!
Let’s see if I can get 5 designs up tomorrow. …I’m not very good at setting ‘easily attainable’ goals apparently. But I’ll keep trying!
Which one of the online stores I mentioned have you heard of? Ever bought anything from an online independent artist shop? I’d love to have your input! Comment below!
This was the first year I decided to participate in Inktober – a month where artists from around the world draw/ink/create/share one piece of art every day using either their own ideas, subjects, or the official Inktober Prompts. There’s a TON of talented artists out there and part of the fun of Inktober is having an easy way to connect with and be inspired by them.
I chose to do my own Inktober featuring my beloved spiders! Not actually my idea, my sister and fellow artist suggested it to me and it sounded like a pretty great idea. I had concerns at the beginning with my attention span and possibly being tired of spiders by the end of the month.
But, NOPE! I think I love spiders even more now. And I can’t deny everyday when I’d browse around for my new subject, just looking through the vast variety of species made me extremely happy.
A few things I learned in the process that I want to remember that carry over into other parts of life :
- “Feeling like it” is completely over-rated.
- Even a half-hearted attempt at something completely new and different can be amazing.
- Routines make it much easier to get in ‘the zone’.
- I fight routines tooth and nail.
- Suspending judgement is the only way to get anything done.
- It’s easier to let go of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways of doing things than I thought.
- It’s okay to be late, just don’t give up entirely. Get back on track in the middle of the night if necessary.
- The middle of creating something is my favorite part.
Today is the last day of Inktober, and I am 5 days behind. Sometimes I have a problem with ending things – I don’t want it to end so I’ll drag it out. I think that’s what happened here. Oh well, I’ll catch up as soon as I can. These last 5 posts will be more artistic than accurate representations (you have no idea how I agonized about how many leg segments to show), especially since my #spidertattoo ideas seemed to be more liked than any of them. Check it out: instagram.com/helloholly_d
I have a similar daily challenge I thought of for November, but haven’t fleshed it out yet. #Staytuned .
A heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you who helped me by voting for which design you liked best!
More About the logo:
Which one do you think is best and why?
Fun, but not cartoony.
This is my internal debate – should I ‘follow the rules’ or just go with my gut?
Here’s a few below I feel like are ‘close’. I’d LOVE to get feedback from you guys to see which one is liked more.
VOTE! A. B. C. D. or E.