Setting SMART Goals for Inktober and Beyond

Setting SMART Goals for Inktober and Beyond

It’s counterintuitive to think that planning could encourage our creativity, but I truly believe that we can get more done and set aside more time for creativity when we plan for our creative goals. In art school we’re taught a lot of conceptual and even technical skills but I’ve spoken to many artists and illustrators who have all had a hard time completing projects or getting to where they’d like to be in their career.

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Herbal Alphabet Challenge: H-N

Herbal Alphabet Challenge: H-N

This week’s herbs were a lot of fun to draw. I already gravitate toward drawing hawthorn and motherwort when left to my own devices - the pointy leaves are great for attempting to understand how light falls on flat shapes.

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Herbal Alphabet Challenge: A-G

Herbal Alphabet Challenge: A-G

My goals for this daily challenge include deepening my knowledge of medicinal plants, further establishing myself as a botanical/herbal illustrator, and to create content that can be used in multiple applications in service of these previous goals.

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The Proof is in the Process

The Proof is in the Process

Do you ever look through old sketchbooks and remember who you were, who you are?

I've spent the last week scanning sketchbooks from when I was in college and looking through them is like retracing my steps. Wandering through these books is like wandering through the woods of my own psyche, finding artifacts of my existence all along the way.

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6 Ways to Make Money as an Illustrator

6 Ways to Make Money as an Illustrator

Sometimes when I’m asked what I do for a living and I say I’m an illustrator, I get some confused looks from folks who aren’t sure what that means. 

“Oh, like children’s books?” is the inevitable followup question, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, it also tells me that there may not be enough awareness surrounding the industry and just how much Illustrators can do for work. 

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