I debated on writing a year end wrap up post. It’s hard to sum up all the ups and downs of the year into one measly post, but I’ll give it a go!
One of the biggest changes this year was that I went headlong into making a webcomic. This kept me active for the better part of the year, planning and then publishing the comic.
I just realized the other day that I’ve been updating the series for a solid 6 months with two updates per month! That’s probably more work that I’ve ever done with my fine art. It also worked my brain in ways that I felt truly gave it stimulation. Writing, designing, drawing, and coloring were all given a boot camp in order to improve.
Last night I read through everything I have posted so far and it was surprising how much improvements (and some back steps) I’ve made. For 2020, I hope I can solidify a set style and become more efficient in producing a new episode 2x a month. I would love it if the comic got featured, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.
The Webtoon community has been really great to get involved with too, such a breath of fresh air. I think one of my 2020 goals will be to see if I can visit the Webtoon community at any future conventions. It’s a bit of swing, but maybe summer will be the perfect time to try.
I also went pretty much fully digital with my art. I do miss making paintings, but it hasn’t been a good venture. I got really jaded in 2018 about the gallery world and the endless rat race to only get sad results. Hopefully I can make a return to painting, even in a “just for fun” capacity.
Creating with digital programs like Procreate, Adobe Fresco and Clip Studio Paint became very freeing to my art process. I largely have to thank my huge investment in getting an iPad Pro last year. It has been the best decision I could had made. If you’re sitting on the fence with whether it’s a worthy purchase, I definitely recommend it.
For the most part, I want to keep my expectations modest and small for the next year/decade. I’m just going to keep plugging away at my current projects and try to achieve a good work/life balance. It’s a simple, but important goal that gets lost in the everyday. We’ll see how next year’s wrap up will summarize 2020!