Have you ever heard of illustrator’s block? Well, evidently it does exist. And I had it. Now, normally, this would not be a big issue, as I tend to always work ahead of pace and schedule. However, this time is was causing problems. I am already behind on the book I have been illustrating. When I say behind, I mean MONTHS behind. Between eye surgery and my boss throwing whammies at me non stop, I managed to fall drastically behind on everything.
As I absolutely adore this author, I was gutted. I was doing everything I could to seek inspiration. Even the Magic Kingdom seemed to fall short of vanquishing the dreaded block. I decided, in an effort to save time, to start formatting the book. You may or may not know, I do it all. I illustrate, edit, format and create all social marketing for the books I do with Fox Tots….that is on top of running Fox Tots as the chief illustrator and C.O.O.
This was it! Formatting was just what I had needed to do. I was stuck at illustration number 23. A typical book will contain at least 32. As I began adding the text to my drawings, it was as if a light bulb went off. Suddenly I felt inspired. More so than when I even began first illustrating. Now I am excited again and cannot wait to complete this project!
I am a bit behind posting. I would apologize, but as no one really reads my blog I am not sure why I would have a need to. Actually even if someone does read it, I would not apologize for having a life and living it.
I recently realized over obligating myself to others is a huge mistake. When you do so and then have extremely urgent needs, those you have obligations to care not about what does not directly impact them…whatsoever! Freshly from a review on home school parenting, a topic addressed within their advice comes to mind. Learning how to say NO. This is something I have yet to learn. Only I see the irony in all of this. Family comes first. This will be my final year for many things. I can no longer be all things to all people as where I am needed most tends to suffer.
To the point, this is a late post. I shall lump what would have been probably three posts into one short post.
Happy Belated Mother’s Day!
I had an absolutely beautiful Mother’s day. I am blessed with an extremely loving and supportive family.
As if their love was not enough, they also give me presents, make me gifts and cards, as well as take me out to dinner!
I certainly am blessed. I do not know what I have done to deserve such a loving and supportive family, but I am extremely grateful!
I am amidst illustrating another children’s book. Within as much, I am drawing virtually NON stop digitally. It seems I have a substantial need to balance my creativity. When ever I am doing a lot of digital art I tend to offset it by then doing an equal amount of organic art. Or, at least as much as my ever failing hands will allow. Here are a few of the organic pieces I have created this month. I tend to fair better as an illustrator when I let the artist within come out.
I have completed a few more to add to the Enchanted Twilight series.
I imagine I will be able to focus more on my art as I have come to realize my employers focus more on their needs than work. In turn, I am following suit. I have essentially put my own needs career wise on hold and was focusing on other’s needs. I was enlightened today by some very rude remarks.
As I am losing my sight and the use of my hands, I shall no focus on what I need and what my family needs and not put someone else’s needs before ours.