As 2017 gets closer (holy cow it’s tomorrow!) I’m having SUPER good feelings about it! I’m feeling really good about the progress I made this year. Wow, what have I done?
The major milestones are:
- Solidified my identity as “Hello Holly Design”
- Kept up with social media as such (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
- Joined and Uploaded designs on those make your own stuff sites (Society6, Design by Humans, Zazzle)
- Joined UpWork and made a bit of money with clients (so far around $800)Developed a semi-consistent schedule of working from 8AM – 4PM and sometimes 7PM – 11PM
- Made some really good contacts
- Started posting here and on WordPress
- Updated my portfolio often to where now it looks pretty dang good.
- Developed a comic identity with me and my little spider friends
I’m feeling really confident about carrying over my progress into the new year.
In 2017 I’ll be focusing on:
- Developing a followingConnecting with other artists
- Making a Video Blog
- Bringing in at least $2,000/Mo on Upwork
- Developing my skills as a Brand Identity Designer
- Design different “Series” projects for the design it yourself sites (I’ve written down quite a few ideas, but haven’t gotten around to actually designing them)
- Stay consistent with updates on Patreon, WordPress, and Twitter
Good things are in store for 2017! I feel like it’s going to be my “launch” year for me as a designer! Woot woot!
I’d like to take a moment to show my appreciation for one of my favorite font families – Aquawax.
I first found this font on dafont.com and later investigated where it came from. There’s obviously a lot of time and love put into this font, so I wanted to make sure I gave credit where credit is due – Thanks Zetafonts!
Check out the full fonty goodness here.
Or check out all their great stuff at zetafonts.com
Sometimes, … A Lot of the time… getting started is the hardest part.
Where do I start? What do I do first? How do I do it? Does this suck? Why do I need so much affirmation to feel okay?!
These and many more are the looming questions I have over my head right now that I’m consciously ignoring just so I can get something out there.
My overly optimistic side says to me, “If you put it out there and it sucks, then it can only get better! Go ahead, put out the sucky stuff first and tweak it. Let people see the transformation.”
The overly critical side, “Don’t put things out until you’re ready! Do you want them to know you have no idea what you’re doing and you’re just making it up as you go along? There’s no way they’ll trust you that way.”
I feel like I’m finally finding a balance of the two extremes of pull the trigger even if you don’t know where the target is and wait until you figure out how to build a gun before you fire it.
The balance is in movement itself.