July 01, 2014

Mid year resolution: plan, do, review.

It's the 1st of July, which means that half a year is behind us. this means that it's time to check my goal list again, to see the progress and to remind myself about stuff I forgot all about.

This is the original list:
  1. Learn to Airbrush - Not even close!
  2. Learn blind typing.
  3. Learn to draw Dinosaurs - I started to read a bit about them, so I guess it counts for something. 
  4. Learn to draw animals - http://www.howtodrawanimals.net/
  5. Illustrate children's book - I'm thinking of just taking any book and illustrate it. I'm still considering it. 
  6. Learn about Mesh tool in illustrator - at this point it's irrelevant, since I hardly work with illustrator on such a level.
  7. Learn to draw with a ball pen or any other media which is not a graphite pencil - I did plenty of sketches with colored pencils. Does it count?
  8. Illustrate favorite recipes - I am about to.
  9. Sketch, sketch, sketch! As much as possible - done. It's all here in the blog .
  10. Learn to draw Chinese calendar characters.
  11. Finish the flower project this year - I'm half way through. Only two months left to finish.
  12. Work on portraits and human figure sketches - I did some human figure/portraits drawing during the Drawspace project but left it in the middle since I got a bit frustrated and tired of it. I'll get back to it later.
  13. Be ready with holiday illustration at least 1 month in advance - Maybe not one month, but two weeks, for sure. 
  14. Complete Drawspace program and find another one - Finished 90% of it. Fount alternative programs.
  15. Become a regular on Illustration Friday.
  16. Learn to shade properly - I worked a lot on it during the Drawspace art program. Obviously, I'm not there yet and still learning. 
  17. Learn to draw water properly.
  18. Follow a Shoo Ryner tuts on Youtube.
  19. Learn more about graphic design.
  20. Focus on creativity development - trying as much as possible. There are 6 creativity posts already, each dedicated to another exercise.
  21. Learn to swim.
  22. Make a 30 circles in 1 minute a monthly exercise - done. There are others, too.
  23. Participate in drawing flashmobs.
  24. Get better in photography.
  25. Take animal photo shoot session in a local zoo.
  26. Keep developing my Graphiking gift shop.
  27. Keep blogging - almost 70 posts from the beginning of the year.
  28. Develop readership for this blog.
  29. Do more SEO for this blog.
  30. Get an MA for kindergarten teacher and open one. 
  31. Get an MA in business management.
  32. Learn to play a Darbuka drum.
  33. Learn to juggle.
  34. Learn to do balloon animals.
  35. Learn to work with a graphic tablet.
  36. Create an Artist's Birthday calendar.
  37. Draw dogs and puppies.
  38. Learn about and illustrate facial mimics (aka emotions). (added 08.02.14)
  39. Draw as many sheep as possible for 2015,the year of a Green Wood Sheep. (added 12.02.14)
  40. Learn to draw/work with my left hand. (added 13.02.14)
  41. Learn to draw hair and hairdo's. (added 16.02.14)
  42. Get back to Stock Illustration. (added 25.02.14)
  43. Draw various fruits with a lightened with a lamp. (09.03.14)
  44. Draw from live flowers. (added 20.03.14)
  45. Learn to draw with colored pencils. (added 25.03.14) - done. Still in progress.
  46. Learn to draw with Pastel chalks. (added 25.03.14)
  47. Learn to draw with water color. (added 25.03.14)
  48. Draw musical instruments. (added 17.04.14)
  49. Learn to use as less eraser as possible. (added 24.04.14)
  50. Learn how to work with my Inkling Wacom pen. (added 27.05.14)
  51. Learn to draw on ceramic products. (added 31.05.14)
As I went through my list I realized that there are way more red fields than I expected. 12 out of 53. I know that it's not much but it's a huge improvement from my previous years of making these lists. And I'm happy, because it means that I didn't waste these six months for nothing. I do hope that I'll have more of these red fields by the end of the year.

And how is your Yearly list doing? What have you achieved in the last six months?