Amazing, it is June – which means almost half of 2016 is already over and gone! What have you been up to so far? Have you reached any of your goals for this year yet? Have any dreams come true? Well, I certainly hope so. And if you think nothing has happened so far, think again, maybe you can come up with some seemingly minor achievements which may be a step on the way to success!
What have I done so far? For example I have graduated from the course “The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design – Module 2” which wasn´t only an excellent learning experience in terms of branding but also brought me closer to my tribe, I am getting to know more and more other creative beings who love the same things as I do – and I am very happy and grateful for that.
Of course I also came up with a couple of new patterns:
Then there is MATS Bootcamp. Another highly recommendable course for aspiring designers and illustrators. From March to July you get a monthly theme and are able to improve your skills and expand your portfolio working on it.
With 500 participants you will find a lot of talent in the bootcamp community which can be intimidating but if you concentrate on yourself and on your skills it is a magnificent experience! Three things I have learned in bootcamp so far:
- Stay true to yourself and your style – trying to compare yourself to someone else will get you nowhere.
- Stay open to new experiences – trying a new medium or techniques you haven´t done in ages may bring new joy to your work.
- Stay happy – even if you have a lot of work and other stuff going on let making art be your happy place. Enjoy sketching in the sun, if somebody made you angry paint a funny picture of that somebody and you will keep your joy.
Additionally I am taking part in a couple of challenges:
The #100daysproject on Instagram where I produce 100 food illustrations.
Louise Gale´s beautiful Global Art Swap where you send postcards with positive notes to other participants from all over the world. I received very beautiful inspiring cards from the UK, and the USA.
And last but not least – “Erfolgreich.Illustrator” formerly Fritzflock by Johanna Fritz – a very nice community of ambitious artists where you can take part in a weekly illustration challenge.
So I hope you enjoyed my news and found something for you in it. See you soon!