Now I want to make a quick disclaimer - I am not a writer, in fact it may be that god gave me the talent of drawing because he knew full well I would never be able to fully communicate my thoughts through the written word. So please if you are here to edit my writing you have bitten off far more than anyone could chew.
I have always loved art and drawing and from the time anyone would ask me what I wanted to be, I would answer...an artist...obviously. Until of course I was old enough to realize artists were crazy and then I began telling people I would become an art teacher and do art for fun. Well after teaching for two years I realized I had stopped making my own art. I was helping other people pursue their dreams and I hadn't even tried to pursue mine. So I started reading, a lot, basically any book out there about being in a creative or art related industry I bought and read. I was finally doing what I should have done years ago; I was researching everything that I could do with my art. It didn't take long for me to find Illustration, and it was as if things just kinda clicked. Every description of what it entailed fit my personality and skills like a glove. For the first time I felt really goal driven - I mean I've always been a pretty high achiever but its always felt like I was going through the motions.
I gathered all the work I created in university that I was still proud of and the work that I've created since and built this website. I researched other sites I could post my stuff in and started reading and researching everything I could about Illustration.
So far it's been really exciting and very nerve racking. I spent two years recovering from the marathon that was my undergrad art degree and I'm realizing now just how far behind those two years put me. I feel like the need to build my portfolio is becoming my obsession. So to ensure I don't become a stereotypical crazy artist - the type that put me off of becoming a professional artist in the first place - I decided to share my thoughts on this blog. I also thought it'd be cool to document this adventure of attempting to become an Illustrator from the start. I think it will be interesting to look back on. Hopefully I'm faithful in my documentation.
So far what I have learned is that creating a website is incredibly therapeutic. I used to love the critiques we had at McMaster (although you'd never been able to tell I loved it at the time) The ability to crawl out of your hovel and show what you've created to people is incredible. This has somewhat recreated that feeling for me.
I've also learned that the site Dribble is incredible. There are some amazing creative people out there and I feel so excited to be part of that community. I feel that being part of a creative community again has encouraged me to do better work.
So far that's all....we'll see what tomorrow brings.