Back to Work

Hey y’all, I know it’s been a long time since I’ve updated the blog here (and I hate it when bloggers say that) but I have finished my illustration project (hosanna!) so it’s time to get back to work! I spent the last six months of 2018 illustrating a textbook for adults learning English as a second language. It was interesting and challenging in many ways. I grew a lot as an artist and I am ready to take what I’ve learned and push myself further this year.

Some things I learned include:

  • Don’t over think and just start. I can agonize and think and plan for each piece I work on. However there just wasn’t time for all of that between caring for my three kids and illustrating more than 1,100 pieces in six months. I learned to stop overthinking and just start drawing. Get it done.
  • It’s ok if it’s not perfect the first time. I can try again. Paper is just paper.
  • Paint/draw everything. I typically stick to figure drawings, but this was a textbook so I needed to draw everything from keys and laundry to concepts like angry or confused. It really challenged me to step outside of my box and I found I was able to do it.

We are in a new year and I am going to grab on to 2019 with both hands. 2018 was a very strange year for me emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Honestly, I struggled a lot. In a way, having a project that forced me to keep going really helped me keep going.

This year I am going to paint on larger canvases. I’m going to allow myself to mess up, make mistakes and try again. I will not wait for the perfect moment or inspiration to pick up my paint brush. I have no idea where it will take me, but I refuse to sit still.

Follow me on my journey on Instagram at Oliviapolk_illustration.