Hopes, projects and hopefully success..

So it’s that time of year where we start to think about what we want from the next year. I’ve certainly had plenty of thoughts in the last month about where I want things to go.

My plans for my artwork in 2017 were fairly simple, I’d been struggling to get back into focussing on artwork so I wanted to give myself a few goals, and I’m happy to say that for the most part I succeeded in them.  I’d aimed to complete at least one piece that I was proud of every month and to complete Inktober fully for the first time ever.  With the help of those two goals I’ve ended up completing artwork at least every week if not every day. Being creative is definitely a good habit to get into, especially if your mind wanders into negative thinking as badly and as often as mine does.

For 2018 I know better than to try and think of personal goals, because I never manage to achieve those. So once again I’m focusing on setting a few professional goals, that of course will have to work around the day job.

This year I’m aiming to complete each one of the coloured pencil magazine contests, I don’t work in coloured pencil enough so I’m hoping this will make me a bit more efficient with that. My January 2018 entry can be seen here https://www.flickr.com/photos/161472244@N04/39114077162/in/pool-cpmchallenge/

Another monthly challenge I’d like to maintain is the Scrawlrbox challenges as they art really helping with creativity.

I’m also intending to keep my previous goals of completing as much artwork as I can and to complete inktober in full.

I also have a few projects I’ve been thinking about such as picture books and illustrations, so hopefully those will turn out well.

I’m sure more goals will be thought of in the upcoming days, but for now. Happy New year. Feel free to share in the comments any of your own artistic, professional or any other types of aspirations for where you want to be in 2018.

Scrawlr Challenge #1

So before Christmas I decided I’d be proactive in keeping myself busy and I’d just learnt about Scrawlr boxes so figured it’s a good way to make sure I have at least something new to keep me occupied each month.   So the January one is my first,  it’s certainly exciting getting a delivery of random art stuff and it’s good to try out things I wouldn’t necessarily have heard of or brought.

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I love the fact that there’s a nice variety of things in the box that will come in useful for other things too, and they also thought to include an extra treat (and it was a rather nice lolly 😛 )














The featured art work,  which I think is great that it both inspires to do something maybe a bit different and also gives exposure to an artist who may not necessarily get it.

This months featured artist was someone who goes by the name IGotTheDoodlesIMG_2624

This was the Scrawlr challenge,  not my normal style and quite different, but I certainly gave it a shot…


IMG_2626  This was my little random squiggle (that hopefully you can just about see) which then turned into …


So the finished thing ended up looking like this after the colour was added.  I may have gone a little over board with the colour, but that’s just one of the things you realise after you’ve done it sometimes.  scrawlr challenge 1

So it’s definitely abstract I think, not sure if I like it, but it was fun to do.

The things I learnt or remembered whilst doing this…

  • Colour in moderation is sometimes best, especially with pens.
  • These particular pens – the Faber-Castell grip colour markers, aren’t ones I’d probably go out of my way to get, they are good for very small areas and bits you won’t really go back over, but the effect when you go back over an area isn’t too great,  they may be better on marker paper so I’ll probably test that out at some point.
  • Trying to work out what to put in random shapes is fun but tricky.

So all in all I’m glad I’ve subscribed.  It gives me something extra to do and who doesn’t want random art supplies to try out.  Now I’m excited for the February box. 🙂 And hopefully I’ll have a lot of other things to post between now and when I get that.