I wanted to look back at my last full year of college. So much has happened, so many good things, a few bad things, but I can only think of good things that have happened. My years haven’t been filled with as much art as 2015 has been yet and it feels good, satisfying. It makes my heart jump a little bit of happiness. And I know that there are people who support me in my dreams, which makes it all the more worth it. So.. here’s what I did in 2015!
I lived on my own for a semester
It meant meeting new people, living in a house with 4 total strangers, making a new friend (who was also my housemate plus classmate) and feeling lost. Especially the first few days were hard, but it was in that particular house I started doing Oatley Academy Live (now Storytellers Summit) and where I started working on drawing (almost) every day.
I expanded my art/animation book library
With the help of some friends, or well… family mostly, and a job, I’ve been getting some books to help me become the person I want to be. Books like “Creativity inc.” to become motivated, art of books to get inspiration, “Anatomy for the artist” to get more knowledge and books like “Save the cat” to work on my screenwriting and storytelling skills for my personal project.
I started drawing regularly
REGULARLY! Really! WHAT?! Ohmy, I’m so happy that this has been accomplished. I finished 5,5 sketchbooks! Before this year I never even finished a sketchbook. Though, for as long as I’ve known being an artist is a thing you can have as a job, it’s been at the back of my mind to become one. Most of the times I did something else because I stupidly forgot about it. I mean, I started college studying to become a social worker more than 5 years ago and I wanted to become a writer for a while. This year I’ll be graduating (hopefully) as a multimedia designer, which is awesome! But I want to become an artist and I won’t rest until I am. Maybe do concept art, some animation projects (I have way too many ideas), I don’t know! But working with colors, composition, characters, brushes, pencils, the whole lot, it’s what I love and still don’t do enough.
I worked on some illustrations
A first! At least to work on several of them, almost all of them portraits but who cares? I’ve been really putting in my hours (at least, compared to other years), and it could definitely be more, especially when I graduate and hopefully get a better schedule than now. I will definitely need a full time job when I graduate to be able to live together with my boyfriend (finally, and we’ll get a cat of course, within a month of getting our own place, I bet). But I hope it won’t be a long travel like my internship right now is (1,5 hours to get there!!!). That would mean more time in the evening, more rest, so more energy to get into my art mode and work it!
I met other artists online
I became friends with someone from Italy who I could talk art with for hours and hours. We have motivated each other during summer when I had nothing to do all day and it has definitely helped a lot. Plus it’s super fun to FINALLY have someone to talk art with, without a time limit, because you’re both so excited about that one thing. The forums on the Oatley Academy are also filled with such sweet and creative and talented artists, it’s amazing! I have some of them on Twitter where I sometimes comment (and try to get some art friends, ’cause you know, I must be desparate, lol).
I’ve become even more of a loner though (I didn’t know it was possible). I tend to spend more time on the internet and bent over my sketchbook trying to learn all the amazing things that I could one day be doing awesomely. My life now includes secretly avoiding social calls or avoiding asking friends to do stuff, which I didn’t do a lot already, so I should definitely to that more! There’s a whole new year for that, and hopefully a lot less stress than I’m anticipating for this year.
Happy new year everyone! May your days be filled with happiness and may you improve in your art (or whatever else you’re learning) greatly this year. It’s gonna be a great (and stressful) one, I just know it!