Friday, January 13, 2012

The Year in Pictures 2011

This collage represents my illustration output in 2011. Each thumbnail is taken from a different project. Some projects were small and personal, others professional and far-flung. Third row, fourth square is an experiment with a new medium (new for me): gouache.  First row, second square represents a six-book series of of Bible parables.

I do this exercise mostly for myself – a way of  assessing my progress as an artist. I have a variety of thoughts and emotions as I see a year's work in chronological order.  Here are some of the thoughts that crossed my mind:

I rock!

I suck!

I'm my own worst critic (and best cheerleader), and as I saw these illustrations again, I was judging each of them with "fresh" eyes. They're all successful illustrations – but I find some more appealing than others… Suffice to say – this exercise helps me track my strengths, my weakness and the evolution of my style.

Now on to 2012!