My business cards finally came in the mail! along with the postcards I ordered for pet portraits. This year began with a new goal of self exploration, determination to blog more, and a lot of coffee. Starting a business in illustration is not an easy task and it has definitely been a difficult year. I moved once, changed jobs, and have now embraced the home office working situation.
The year began with my contract ending as a graphic designer and a move to another city. I had just completed graduate school leaving with a thin paper Master’s degree in English at California State University, Fullerton. What did it all mean? Every graduate student walks away from their classes and their degree with the question of who am I now? Who will I become? Is this just the beginning?
With all of the exciting changes I realized my passion truly lie in illustration instead of graphic design. I wanted to tell a story and teach. I began to work with watercolors every day, the frustrating translucent fluid medium. I’ll admit that at first I struggled with it, and then watercolors and I fell in love.
Suddenly the private space of my bedroom transformed into an art studio where I perpetually had some project either on my desk or my easel. I set aside the workflow I had ad a graduate student and deemphasized my computer and electronics to dive straight into the traditional medium. In January I broke my wrist and this gave me time while it healed to focus just on art. I craved to go back to the basics in art, to feel my paint brush again between my fingers, and to get dirty in my paints, to ruin things, to make things colorful and alive, to be alive. Now here I am with the 365 watercolor project and I cannot wait to share what becomes of it.
“To be, or not to be.”