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2008 in Review, and into 2009

December 31st, 2008 · 7 Comments

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!

2008’s Goals in Review

Start working larger

Well, sort of. The majority of the stuff I did towards the end of the year was 9×12", and I did a couple that were 9×16". While they aren’t massive, they are bigger than 8.5×11" :P

Point being, I suppose, that I did manage to get out of the 8.5×11" habit and start working in some more interesting dimensions which was more the goal than simply creating huge drawings.

Set up a Photography Area

Check! I bought myself a DSLR in October and have been happily taking better shots of my work since.

Get Back to Working with Clay

Oops…didn’t come close to getting that one. There’s always 2009…

Try Other Mediums

The only new medium I tried was carbon pencil. Though I did start working on Pastelbord and Colourfix paper this year – so I did at least try new supports.

Draw Things other than Faces

While not a rousing success, and the first didn’t show up until July, I did manage to do 4 non-portraits toward the end of 2008.

I also started working things other than faces into portraits, like clothing and such with several full body portraits, one with a plastic cup and one with a whole lake in the background.

Were you to compare 2007’s body of work with 2008’s, I think you’d find the difference quite apparent.

Pursue More Commission Work

In 2007, 6 of my 45 drawings were commissions. In 2008, out of 29 drawings, 8 were commissions. It’s a better ratio, to be sure, especially considering I had a couple of people back out of them due to economic reasons, and I also backed out of a couple because I didn’t care for the reference photos.

So not bad, but not a total win either. Lets look at 2009’s new and resurrected goals:

Goals for 2009

Regimented Subject Matter

This year I intend to limit myself to one or two portraits a month. Most likely just one with the portrait study group I’ve joined. The rest of the time will be spent with other subject matter; still lives, etc.

New mediums.

Specifically acrylics. I have $175.00 worth of art supply gift certificates burning a hole in my pocket, and its acrylic paints that are going to get the lion’s share of it.

More sellable work

The trouble with portraits is that to make any money with them, someone needs to hire you. This is related to the first goal, but I’m going to focus more of my time on doing work that could be attractive to any potential buyer.

Keep a sketchbook

I’ve been doodling in a moleskine for a few weeks now after Carolyn suggested it. I’ve found it to be quite enjoyable and lots of ideas have been popping out of it.

Less realism

I’ve been drawing a lot of silly things straight from my head in my sketchbook, and some of them could be pretty interesting as completed work.

Regimented Mediums

I intend to rotate through mediums this year – colored pencil, graphite/carbon, acrylic and clay. Never two of the same medium in a row! (I expect this to be broken within a month or so)

Lastly, these are my top three favorites from 2008:

  1. Ganz, the Sequel
  2. Self Portrait IV
  3. Pink Sneakers

With honorable mentions going to Rachel, Preston G. and Jump!. You can see my entire 2008 body of work in my gallery to see if you agree.

And what about your goals for the new year? Leave a link to your post about what you intend to accomplish with your art (or whatever you enjoy) in the comments!

Tags: Thinking Out Loud

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steve Ganz // Dec 31, 2008 at 10:54 am

    I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve made a year end list. ;)

    Can’t wait to see what you do in 2009!

  • 2 Rose Welty // Dec 31, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Steve, looks great…I just got some of the Golden Open Acrylics…really fun. I’ve discovered oils give me a headache, so I’ve switched. My buddy Jo made some comments about them here.

    Sounds like you are refreshed!

  • 3 Carolyn // Dec 31, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    It’s cool that you got something out of my suggestion! I loved reading your year in review.

  • 4 Jeanette // Dec 31, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    I’m with you on seeking more commissions Steve and I have a few ideas of how on my blog.

    Good to see you back and ready to take on a new year!

  • 5 S.G. Chipman // Jan 1, 2009 at 9:40 am

    @Ganz – :)

    @Rose Yep, definately. I decided to go with Winsor & Newton Finity acrylics coupled with a retarder to keep them from drying too quickly. We’ll see how it goes.

    @Carolyn Thanks again for making the suggestion! :)

    @Jeanette Solid ideas – something that I did (that also helped build up my body of work) was do loads of portraits for free so that their friends and family would see it, etc. Often I didn’t even ask, I just surprised them with it. Its a good way to get your work out there to be seen, and I’ve gotten several referrals that way. Portraits of children seem to work best in that respect.

  • 6 Carl // Jan 5, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Goal for 2009, sitting on a porch in Maryland drinking many beers looking at the hills while occassionally getting up to get a new beer. First work of 2009 is awesome as ever.

  • 7 S.G. Chipman // Jan 5, 2009 at 8:37 am

    @Carl Thanks Carl, and amen to that – looking forward to it.

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