2008 Year-in-Review

2008

The year is coming to a close and the holidays are in full swing. I will be running around gathering gifts, spending time with family, and getting last-minute projects done, so I’m going to take a moment to wrap things up here on the blog.

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Notable Posts of 2008

A list of some of the highlights from the past year.

Reflections on 2008

I have been blessed to work as a freelancer for a little over three years now. I don’t have the most experience in the world, but with what little I know I have tried to be open and giving. As a result, I’ve gained an audience here who is willing to listen and read and learn. This year has been especially hard on the industry and world in general. And so, as the year ends, I am going to contribute the little advice and words of hope that I can.

The hardest part of building an art career is not the drawing, the learning, or the business hurdles. It’s staying motivated and courageous enough to keep doing it – learning to support yourself in a fickle economy, getting past the stigma of a not-so-typical career path, dealing with rejection and criticism, all the while trying to get better and stay creative.

Whether you are a student just starting out, or a working illustrator who has already built a career, the down-times and the struggles will be prevalent. There are times when you will lose confidence and gain doubts. This year has been a great test for me and many artists, and may not get better any time soon.

And all I’d like to say is, don’t lose hope. Work hard while others sit idle, draw constantly even if you don’t feel like it, experiment with new markets and strategies, and stay positive even if the world around you feels like it’s crumbling. If you create great work, people will want it, and you can’t create great work sitting still, waiting for the bad times to pass. The worst thing you can possibly do in a time like this is to do nothing. So keep moving.

I wish you all Happy Holidays and a very joyous New Year! This will be my last post until 2009. Enjoy this time with your friends and family and be happy you are involved in this wonderful creative community.

All the best,
Dani