The first month of the new year is almost over and we’ve all seen a flood of new years resolution and goal setting articles and blog posts. If you're anything like me you spent some time meditating on your from 2016 and evaluating what the next step looks like. In 2016 I saw progress in the form of artistic growth as well as mindset shift. The way I approached setting goals and making a plan to achieve those goals was redefined. Throughout 2016 I found myself working towards completing project goals and getting stuck in the process. I had a plan but was taking on too much and learning so much that I felt like I needed to go back and make this or that better. That approach resulting in not having much work to show for the progress in my skill and confidence as an artist. Something had to change and luckily it did. I started reading and listening to similar messages of being intentional, narrowing your focus/priorities, setting manageable goals towards a larger project, and being okay with things not being perfect. Getting work done has never been a struggle when it’s for an employer or client, but I somehow got to a place where personal work became a bit of a chore to complete. The process of implementing a shift in mindset to accomplish my goals took some time to grasp, but I’ve seen a difference, though I’m still working on it.
So what were my goals in 2016?
- Start a blog
- Record an EP
- Create a webcomic
- Continue growing as an artist/illustrator/storyteller
- Be more involved in art communities
I had all these goals on my 2016 to-do-list at some point in time despite not writing them down at the beginning of the year. I finished the year completing 4 out of 5. I started a blog, however, I didn’t keep a regular schedule. I wrote and recorded several instrumental songs. I had a lot of fun writing them but didn’t share them with anyone. I continued to develop my skill as an illustrator and storyteller by writing and keeping a sketchbook regularly and taking courses on SVS Learn to help guide me through improving more quickly than I could on my own. Lastly, I got involved in some discussions and critiques in online communities and went to a comic-con. The one thing I didn’t accomplish was creating a webcomic because my focus was so split between multiple projects. Going into 2017, I’ve simplified my focus from three different stories into a one-page prologue to one of the 20-page stories.
Now that I have 2016 out of the way, I’m going to write down my specific goals for 2017 and make them public to add a level of public accountability that I've lacked in the past.
Goals of 2017
- Focus on Finishing Personal Projects, Rather Than Getting Stuck in Perfection & Over Analyzing
- Consistently Keep My Blog
- Write Every Day
- Share a blog post every Thursday
- - Create a Webcomic
- Focus on finishing one page at a time
- Finish One Pg Per Month
- Share progress updates on the blog
- Draw Every Day
- Draw 100 Cycles
- Read at least One Factual/Historical Event Book Per Month
- Stay Up-To-Date on World Events
I’m confident that I’ll be able to accomplish these goals throughout the year but will reassess them as needed, especially since I don’t know what my schedule will look like now that my wife, Analia, and I have moved back to San Diego.
In the last blog post, I stated how I planned to use this blog to document the process of creating my webcomic. However, more than that I hope that I can use this blog to as a resource to help other people pursue their creative goals.
If you’re reading this I’d love to hear about your creative goals and where I can tune in to see what you’re working on.