The Next Step in Illustration

The Next Step in Illustration: A Leap of Faith

I promised some more personal posts coming soon, so here is my first. It’s been on my mind for a while that I need to take a leap of faith and reach the next step in illustration. In my recent post – ‘Getting to Know More About Me‘ – I talked about how I wanted to continue with illustration and eventually do it full time. But, the fact is, that’s not going to be possible if I can’t make a living – yep, we’re into the nitty gritty of the situation. I have realised though that I can’t expect to make a living through illustration if I don’t put myself out there and take myself seriously. I think this can apply to lots of us probably – you have a dream or passion that you want to pursue but fear and lack of confidence keeps you from taking the next step, that leap of faith, and actually doing it! I think one of my main hang-ups has been that if I put myself out there  then I become accountable: It’s not just me painting away in my home, it involves making things for other people and therefore allowing myself to be judged. It’s scary, but I guess that’s the very nature of a leap of faith – we need to step into the unknown and step with confidence. It may be scary – but it can also be exciting!

The Next Step in Illustration - Ricky

A Leap of Faith…

I’ve been drawing and painting for many, many years now. It has slowly evolved and I’ve got a lot more serious about doing it as a career, but I think the fact that I’ve not been to university to study art has put me at a disadvantage in some ways. It has made me a bit shy of putting myself forward and I’ve felt a bit like an impostor some times, anyone know the feeling? I can imagine it is the same for people that are ‘practice-taught’ in other fields too. But I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to value what I do more. I’m not the most ground-breaking, talented artist out there, but I can do what I do, and if someone likes it, then who am I to say I’m not good enough or tutored enough to take it seriously? How I do this I’m not entirely sure, but I want to try. If not now, then when, right? We’ve just got to make the jump.

The Next Step in Illustration

So, where to start? Well, I’ve always loved painting portraits. I love getting the life and personality of people onto paper and making something that people will cherish. I’ve done a few different pieces for friends and family and been practicing a lot and I think I’m finally ready to take the ‘next step’ in that direction and actually offer Portrait Commissions! It’s really exciting to think I could work with people to create something special so I’m looking forward to seeing where this takes me!…

Here are a few examples of the style I’m using…

The Next Step in Illustration - Custom Portraits

The Next Step in Illustration - Carrie 2

The Next Step in Illustration - Custom Portrait - Lianne

The Next Step in Illustration - Custom Portraits - Carrie WishWishWish

The Next Step in Illustration - Custom Portrait - Lianne 2

You may recognise these faces! They are the lovely Lianne La Havas and Carrie from WishWishWish. They are the first in a new series of portraits I’ve started, loosely called ‘Inspiring People’.

I would love to do a portrait for you like these, so if you are interested you can purchase a commission over at my Shop it is at an introductory rate of £90 until April, but for all you special blog readers I’ve got an extra £10 off for you with the code below!!! It lasts until 1st April 2016, so get your booking in quick!

— — £10 off code =  CUSTOM10 — —

I’ve ALSO got a February sale going on of up to 50% off the price of many other prints, so if there is a picture you like you can get it at a low price until March, here are a few examples :

The Next Step in Illustration - Alana 1 + 2 The Next Step in Illustration - Anais

The Next Step in Illustration - Grown Up Glamour

The Next Step in Illustration - Floral Friends

The Next Step in Illustration - Rose Tinted + Summer Days

The Next Step in Illustration - Royal Opera House Ballet

The Next Step in Illustration - Stripes 1+2

So where to Next?…

Making a career out of illustration is going to be a long-haul plan I think. It is going to take time to build up my work but I’m excited to see what the next step will be! I would like to think about offering pet and home portraits as well, but also maybe branch into stationary at some point. At the center of it all, though, I want to keep getting better at what I do, use bigger pieces of paper and bigger ideas and paint things that people love, that is the goal I guess: I want to paint pieces that people will really enjoy having in their homes and be special to them. I guess that’s what we all want in our own way, to make something that counts to someone. If you’ve got a dream like mine, my advice would be to start moving, make plans, get ideas, keep practicing and you can get there! We can do this! So what are your dreams? What is your next step? And how are you going to take that leap of faith?

X Anna X


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