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Goals for ‘08

January 3rd, 2008 · 8 Comments

  1. Start Working Larger I’ve been limiting myself to pieces no larger than 8.5 x 11″ for the past year because thats how big my scanner is. It seems silly to me now, but it made sense at one point. The largest piece I did in 2007 was 11 x 14″ and I was really happy with the way it turned out. I was less happy with how it photographed, which leads to goal number two…
  2. Set up a Photography Area I don’t own an SLR, but the point-n-click I have does fairly high resolution images. The issue I have is one of proper lighting. I want to be able to confidently and accurately capture my work. I’m tired of saying “it looks better in real life.”
  3. Get Back to Working with Clay This time last year I was heavily into creating clay caricatures and I’m starting to miss it. I stopped when my Mom suggested I do a portrait of my daughter, and found myself more interested in drawing than sculpting. I also want to sculpt things other than what I had been. I bought my daughter a play kitchen set for Christmas and it could use some more toy food, for example.
  4. Try Other Mediums I spent most of 2007 working in Colored Pencil, and found the inspiration to branch out a bit to graphite late in the year. I did a lot of oil painting in college, and would like to get back into that. I’d like to give pastels a try as well.
  5. Draw Things other than Faces As much as I love portraiture, I really don’t want it to stagnate. I want to start trying other subject matter – perhaps try my hand at a still life or two to start, and move on from there.
  6. Pursue More Commission Work I think I let a lot of commissions slip through the cracks last year by not going after them with more vigor. I read somewhere that people don’t make up their mind about a purchase until they’ve been reminded of it around eight or nine times. Folks would approach me, mention how much they loved my work, say they wanted one, I’d say “great!” and nothing would come of it because I didn’t follow up (because I expected them to…foolish me). This year, if you ask me about a portrait, expect to be harassed until you have it in your hands :)

And you? What do you plan to accomplish this year?

Tags: Thinking Out Loud

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Howie // Jan 3, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I plan to harass you into making a clay caricature of me.

  • 2 Corey Lucier // Jan 3, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Here’s a challenge maybe…try a portrait or two using scratchboard. Ala http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&safe=off&q=wall+street+journal+portraits&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi

  • 3 Jason Garber // Jan 3, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    My hope is that you convert your basement into a recording studio and get back into playing drums!

  • 4 S.G. Chipman // Jan 3, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    @Howie – you’ll be the first I try.

    @Corey – interesting, yeah – I may give that a go. Have you ever worked with it?

    @Jason – Thats on my list for 2009 ;)

  • 5 Will // Jan 3, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    If you are experimenting in some oils, I would be interested in what you come up with.

  • 6 “Jump!”, Update #1 // Feb 22, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    [...] This new one is a bit of a departure from my normal style as it incorporates the entire figure in the drawing. I’ll admit it feels a bit strange to be working on something where the face isn’t the main focus, but thats part of goal number five. [...]

  • 7 “Ganz, The Sequel”, Update #4 // Oct 7, 2008 at 10:03 am

    [...] took this with my new Canon Digital Rebel XTi – a 10.1MP DSLR, and another notch off of my goals for this year to get a better setup for photographing my work. I’ll be updating some of my [...]

  • 8 2008 in Review, and into 2009 // Dec 31, 2008 at 10:19 am

    [...] Wouldya lookatdat? The year is already over, and so is my break. I suppose its time to figure out the goals for 2009 and see if I managed to hit any of the ones from 2008! [...]

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