Hi, dear readers! It's been months!
Half a year ago, I finally got my scoliosis checked out (I knew I had one from a very young age) and I’ve been very careful to reduce time spent at a desk or on my laptop ever since. Blogging was, sadly, one of the first activities I had to scale back since it was completely personal, while freelancing took priority.
But I can’t let 2018 end without a wrap-up post!
Maybe you remember my post on creative goals and personal improvement for the year?
Back in July I posted a quick recap of how far I got with these personal art projects and self-improvement goals.
Now that 2018 is nearly over, let’s see how far I got and what kind of art projects I stumbled on!
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My first goal: Watercolors
Instead of using watercolors only for my work as a freelance illustrator, I set the goal of painting just for me, myself, and I in 2018. Learn new skills, experiment with materials, and just paint new subjects.
After practicing a lot during the first half of 2018, I tackled several art challenges in August, October, and November:
The tiny paintings in my Muji Sketchbook were part of the 3x3thumbsup art challenge.
I persisted through every single day of Inktober!
Started teaching art classes and sketching more for my own practice.
Teaching art classes had me try out new subjects each week. A favorite were dessert paintings!
Inktober 2018: Korean Folklore & Traditional Media
If you don’t know what Inktober is, I’ve got an introduction as well as tips and a planner printable for the whole month posted here.
Instead of using pens, my old ink and nib pen, or even just watercolor, I experimented with traditional Chinese ink - or as Koreans call it: Traditional Korean ink. ;)
I’ll write in more depth about my Inktober illustration journey later in 2019, but suffice it to say: It was so worth it!
The one-painting-per-day rhythm was a challenge and the new material didn’t make it easier, but by the end of the month I’d learned a lot about Chinese brush calligraphy, my own art style, and Korean myths.
The art zine of Inktober 2018 is called “ A Korean Fantasy “ .
Calligraphy & Hand-Lettering Practice
I slacked off a bit during the second half of the year, but got back on track in November!
I started out with modern calligraphy classes like this one for beginners from Skillshare!
I mostly experiment with new styles by drawing tiny book doodles for my bullet journal reading tracker and my monthly (and weekly) bullet journal layouts.
I tried brush calligraphy to prepare for the very last watercolor class of 2018:
Happy Holidays & Mistletoe
I stuck with them!
Not every single day, sometimes more consistent or more elaborate, sometimes less… but now that I flip back through my bullet journal, I can find little snippets of good memories everywhere. It’s one of the reasons I even wanted to post my “Year in Review” - I’m grateful for all the new skills learned, for the time I was able to spend painting and drawing….
There's a wonderful tutorial on using creative journaling in your daily life. It's called "Draw Your Life" and it's a more elaborate version of what I do here, with tips on how to start and then take your journaling art to the next level, no matter your drawing skills. It especially appeals to the comic artist in me! You can give the tutorial class a try if you need some more inspiration to get started with your own doodle diary.
As the weather got colder, I didn’t brave the 30 minute walk to the yoga studio nearby anymore… But I’m actually even more consistent now that I follow an at home practice!
The early morning yoga classes were nice when they fit into my schedule, but would leave me completely sleep deprived when work got hectic. Now that I can switch between mornings and evenings in the comfort of my own home, I consistently practice for about an hour - often more - per day.
The scoliosis check-up and some severe shoulder pain related to it were a wake-up call and motivate me every single day to get on the mat.
Only in December did I start practicing Ashtanga yoga. While I was familiar with most of the asana in half primary the focus on Chaturanga (again and again and again) and my own focus on proper shoulder allignment and symmetry make it quite the challenge. It helps me calm down at the end of the day, or - on the opposite - energizes me if I practice early in the morning.
Video Filming & Editing
I actually filmed nearly every single day during October (Inktober) and created voice-overs for most of those videos!
… Then fell off the wagon when my parents came to visit from Switzerland. Lately, though, I’ve been filming more again and hope to get some vlogs done as the holiday madness is over.
You can get TWO months of Skillshare Premium access for free as a reader of my blog! So if you're about to tackle watercolors, journals, a blog, a business launch, a creative project of any kind, you really need to check out their vast library of well-made tutorials - I've learned so much myself through Skillshare myself!
That’s it for my 2018 New Year’s Resolution recap! Not all of the goals related to art or work, which made the year a bit more balanced overall.
While I couldn’t focus on every single goal, just having them in the back of my mind helped. It would give me that little extra push to finish at least one video more, learn a couple of new words, or discover new classes. All in all, I’m happy with where the year led me!
How was your 2018?
Did you reach your goals? Any in particular you’d like to recommend?
What are your goals for 2019?