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 weeks goal: 5 new designs in at least one store per day.
The downside of eternal optimism is I can rationalize and spin just about anything in a positive way.
For instance, yesterdays goal was “Write in the morning so I would have time to think of/execute a goal”.
It’s 3:30PM now.
My first thought was, “Well, it’s morning Somewhere.”
When you rationalize everything, things get muddled very quickly. So, in my constant effort to clarify myself to myself, I wrote down a list of tangible goals I’ve wanted to accomplish for a long time:
- Publish work I’m proud of on my Online Stores
(I’ve opened and uploaded designs to several of these, … and then after a few months, deleted almost everything because I thought it was crap after letting it set there)
- Make Physical Products (Mainly Crochet Spiders)
- Bring life to my website (Active Participation and Updates)
- Design a reservoir of graphics (Boring but helpful stuff to have around) and publish to Creative market.
I feel like I should designate a day to each of these, that way I won’t have to decide which one is the *best* to work on on any certain day.
- Monday : Website
- Tuesday : Graphics
- Wednesday : Online Store
- Thursday : Physical Products
- Friday : Wild Card
I don’t ever get anything done on the weekends. Goal for today is : Crochet 5 Pencil Gripper Spiders
I grip my pencil way too hard. I used to use the little rubber pencil grips, but, even with those my hand would get sweaty and tired from gripping too hard. In my quest to figure out some way to make my crochet spiders have a function, I accidentally made a pencil grip and it’s super comfy to use, I don’t jab my thumbnail into my finger…I still have a callous on my middle finger, but hopefully that will go away soon. I’m still tweaking the design of these, but I think they’re a cute idea and might be useful to others with the same problem.
This is the quote I’ve been agonizing about. The words that started this whole obsession with schedules.
I want to create awesome things, but I get so lost in the weeds – and lately, it’s been driving me nuts.
Looking back, I have made a fair amount of improvement as a graphic artist with things I knew I needed to improve on :
- I can let things go
- It doesn’t have to be 100% flawless or fleshed out before showing a concept
- I can work super fast when necessary
- I’m able to hear out opinions and objections without taking it personally
- I no longer wait until the conditions are perfect to respond – short messages are better than nothing!
Everything I struggle with in business are the same things I struggle with in life in general : Avoidance, Perfectionism, Magical Thinking, Communication, Follow Through, and Consistency.
I knew this from the get go.
I’m a big fan of ‘Two Birds/One Stone’ method, so I thought, “Hey, maybe I can get paid to fix my life!” Nothing says, “I believe in you” more than a steady paycheck from a good client.
I feel like I’ve gotten out of freelancing, exactly what I put in so far – which is why I’m trying to step it up a notch.
My website is a step in that direction – a blend of personal and professional characteristics. It’s not perfect, and I’m still working on updates, but it exists and I’m happy about that.
Come to think of it, having my own website has been on my goal list for a long time : Check.
I’m going to make a very short, easily attainable goal everyday for the rest of Notevember at the end of every post. That way, I can get some momentum of setting/reaching goals.
Today’s goal is : To write my post in the morning tomorrow so I’ll have enough time to think about and put into practice an actual goal. 🙂
This happens Every Single Time.
I’m pretty sure this is a common thing that happens with everyone so I’ll share my insight on the matter. This is how the pattern of events normally proceeds:
- On a whim, decide to take (or Retake) on a challenge
- Excitement / Motivation die off
- Slow slide off band wagon
- Wave of procrastination/avoidance/exhaustion
- Timely reminders of habit changing and the benefits following through
- Stable-minded re-commitment to challenge
And, as usual, I had the timely reminder of how and why to get myself back on track. This time it came in the form of a podcast from The One You Feed. Of course the first episode I listened to was a mini-episode about how Avoidance drains you of all energy – which complimented the habit building tactics of the next episode. One major point was to deconstruct big tasks into smaller manageable ones. But by the time I think about how to deconstruct the main goal, I need a nap.
- 5AM : Feed Cats / Make Coffee / Check Email / Write Blog Post / Work Projects
- 10AM: Clean Kitchen / Catbox / Crochet
- 2PM : Waste an Hour**
- 4PM : Go for Walk
- 7PM: Draw
- 10PM : Edit Website
- 10AM : Feed Cats / Make Coffee / Check Email / Work Projects
- 4PM : Go for Walk
- 7PM: Draw
- 10PM : Write Blog Post