• January Goals + Art Goals for the Year

      posted in Life In General by Kay on January 10, 2018

      2018 is well underway and I, for one, have been loving getting back into the regular routine of life. As I mentioned in my New Years post, I’m not very big on resolutions. I prefer the idea of smaller goals each month. But when I sat down to brainstorm January goals, I really couldn’t come up with specific tasks. The few things I wanted to get done were quite simple, and didn’t feel worthy of a monthly goal list. After thinking on it, I realized there was one thing I wanted to work on for the month which is:

      Consistency

      Specifically, consistency in my online stuff. I am so up and down with blogging, and sharing things on social media. Twitter especially; I tend to go days at a time without even checking, then remember for a day or two, then forget again. And maintaining an online presence is something that’s important to me (and my job, since most of my art income is due to online sales/commissions). So, my January goals for online consistency are:

      Glowing Star on Google Android 8.1 Social Media: Posting on Twitter/Instagram at least four-five times a week, and scheduling time to use them to avoid aimless scrolling
      Glowing Star on Google Android 8.1 Patreon: One post per week minimum
      Glowing Star on Google Android 8.1 Twitch: Stream 2-3 days per week. Figure out a stream schedule! (For those who don’t know, I stream art on Twitch! A full ‘announcement’ post will come once a schedule is nailed down.
      Glowing Star on Google Android 8.1 Blog: One post per week

      So far, I’ve been keeping track of all this in my planner in terms of what I’m posting when and where. I don’t function without lists and organization, so having it all in one place is super helpful for me. If you guys have any interest in Plan With Me type post, let me know! I’d be happy to share my scheduling methods.

      As for non-online life, my consistency goal is yoga. I’ve done at-home yoga for about three years now (Yoga With Adriene is the best, 10/10, would recommend) but EVER DECEMBER my daily practice always falls apart. Lucky for me, Adriene releases a new 30-day yoga series in January, which is the perfect way to get back on track! I’m going through her TRUE series now and it’s just so good.

      Art Goals

      While I don’t enjoy making yearly resolutions, I do have some art goals I’d like to be working on throughout the year. Mainly improvement in a few areas, and improvement takes time! The first area I’d like to improve on is backgrounds/environments. I don’t do a lot of them, and for a long time I actively avoided them. As an artist, I want to be growing and improving, so this year I’m tackling that head on. The biggest thing I need to remember: it’s okay to make crap art! That’s why it’s called practice!

      The second thing I need to practice on is hands/feet. Hands I have an okay grasp of, but there is always room for improvement. Feet, however. Oh boy. I don’t know why I find them so difficult but they always seems to perplex me when I try to draw them. Shoes as well! My $3+ Patrons will be getting all the behind the scenes actions of these attempts (I’m sorry already guys!) since I share my sketchbook and WIP work there.

      These art goals also tie into my January consistency goal. I want to be making sure to fit in time to practice these things in my sketchbook, instead of having all my art time be dedicated to finished work.

      What are your goals for January? Let me know, or link to your own goals post, in the comments!