Well, that's the end of Mad Monster Month for 2013. This year it was available on Deviant Art, Tumblr and Facebook but ironically it actually got less attention than previous years! Suffice to say it was still a great project to do and I feel that in terms of both the template and the overall image quality there was an improvement over 2012. More consistent too, with very few images that I would consider truly bad. As always, any ideas or thoughts on how I can improve or vary the experience next year are always welcomed.
I've been applying for loads of jobs but I must still be doing something wrong because I'm still out of work. However I was temporarily employed as an artist in a local school for a day. I hosted an art workshop with the pupils and helped them create art of their own. It was a fun, challenging and inspiring day. One criticism I had of my performance was that I acted too much as a teaching assistant (because doing so is familiar when in a school) and not enough as "the artist". Lessons to be learned and all that.
I've been discussing my freelance career ideas with a business advisor too. I'm trying to take that all back to basics and establish who my target audience really is and where I should focus my attentions to give myself the best chance. I think a combination of school based workshops, selling online (to both families and gamers) and children's books is the way forward. Perhaps writing a short story (think Roald Dahl) and illustrating that would be useful too. It's good to have something finished to show people to prove that you can do the job etc.
I should be starting some volunteer work in a local school soon too. This is to keep me in the right mindset for working in schools and also to bolster my CV and give me a better chance at finding employment. Should be worthwhile then.
Finally I'd like to lay out my plans for upcoming artwork. This is all very much subject to change of course but its nice to have a little perspective on the future.
- Treasure Island Project
I started this in September but it got put aside for Mad Monster Month. Treasure Island remains one of my favourite books and doing the project would both broaden my artistic range and give me something to add to the portfolio.
- Whimsical Fun
Less fan art and more stuff that ties in with "Children's picture books". Whimsical stuff that would be perfect to sell as prints and great to show potential clients.
That's actually all I've got in mind as of writing this but I do feel like there are other ideas I've had that are hiding in the recesses of my mind so we'll see.
Thanks for reading