Going from taking AP art two years in a row in High School, to majoring in Illustration, to working full time as an Illustrator, to working full time from home has been wonderful in many ways. I have progressed so much and learned so many things that I wouldn't have if I hadn't made art the focus of my education.
We're stopping that right there, because that was about to get really sappy.
But one problem with this has been that I've had a hard time finding to do art just for me, a project answering to nobody but myself.
In the last several years, I can only think of one project I ever completed that was just for me.
The concept evolved as I created the art. Eventually it came to this: I wanted to create four images, one for each season of the year. Each would depict animals and plants that I had seen in my own backyard growing up.
I'm still pleased looking back on this project. It isn't perfect, but I succeeded in creating something I liked. And the interesting thing is, I think more other people have liked this project than any of the others, and I've sold a bunch of prints, both of the pieces individually and together.
So there might be something to this whole work-for-yourself thing.
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