This is the year I'm putting it all out there. I've held back until now because I didn't feel prepared enough, or my work wasn't strong enough, or I needed to learn one more technique. Well, I've decided that there is never a "right" time, that nothing is ever perfect, and you just have to go for it!
One of the areas I need to put the most energy into is building my portfolio. As much as I enjoy the pieces that currently make it up, I am sorely lacking in representing certain subjects that pretty much symbolize children's illustration: cars, for example!
To amend this, I will pick a theme each month that represents a subject I feel I need more of in my my portfolio. I will dedicate myself to creating at least one sketch a week in response to that theme, and in order to hold myself accountable, I will publish the sketches every week on this blog on Tuesdays. (There, I've said it, OUT LOUD!) The goal is to have fifty-two sketches by year's end with at least twelve solid, full-color pieces that can be considered portfolio-worthy. Simple, yes?
(And yes, this was inspired by Illustration Friday, but the themes will be suiting my purposes, and there is a lot less pressure because I only have to take ideas to sketch level. If I really love an idea I will then create a full-color piece.)
January's theme is "The Sweet Stuff." Here is my first sketch, "Mud Pies" inspired by my own sweet baby.