New Year’s Eve: Sending out a wish to the universe
I’m a spiritual person who believes in the power of thoughts and wishes. I make a ritual of it every now and then to send out a wish to the universe. The idea behind it is to send out a wish, let it go, consider it already done and feel and behave accordingly. This has worked for me so many times that I really have no problem believing in it, although it may sound like magic or madness.
So, on New Year’s Eve I sat down and looked deep within myself. What do I want to achieve next year? Which wishes do I want to come true? I wrote down: I want to develop professionally and leave my boredom behind me, I want to illustrate, to learn to draw and edit digitally, I want to create a portfolio of my drawings and (at some point) illustrate articles for magazines. Also, I want to see something of my own in Flow magazine.
I took an hour to get clear about those wishes, to write them down, send them out to the universe and embody their realization. I imagined with all my senses how it would feel when a drawing of mine appeared in my favorite magazine and how it would feel when the first person was going to pay for a drawing of mine. I considered it done and went out to party.
First wishes coming true
I continued to draw and to post daily. More and more friends and strangers started to notice my drawings. At some point in February my good friend Sissi asked me if she could use my pictures for her articles in the online magazine Seikkailijattaret. Of course I said yes! I proposed her to not only to choose from the pictures I already had, but for me to custom make illustrations for each article she wrote. She agreed.
I couldn’t believe that the first wish of illustrating an article was already coming true after such a short time. As I continued to illustrate Sissi’s articles, also other writers of the online magazine became interested in my illustrations. Soon thereafter, I received a proposal for becoming the official illustrator of Seikkailijattaret. I made illustration for their logo and banners, as well as some character designs and social media profile pictures. All of this pushed me forward. I got my dose of self confidence and started having the big wish and will for becoming a professional.
From wishing to making: professionalization
At some point still in February, I googled information on color schemes and found a very good article about it at byjohannafritz.de. Looking through her webpage I found a ton of freebies with tips on how to become a successful illustrator. I downloaded all the planning tools and started making plans for the year to come. I truly recommend her from the depths of my heart to anyone wanting to get structured on their way in becoming a professional illustrator (or creative overall).
The overall goal for the year was to get the first paying client. After that I quarterly set goals concerning my brand (logo, color scheme, IG profile, FB profile etc.), my portfolio (PDF and printed version), my website and professionalizing everything (becoming a freelancer, insurances etc., customer acquisition). I made plans for every month, week and day of the year. There weren’t huge things to accomplish daily, rather very constant, slow steps forward, concerning the time I had left with a part time job and the will to get better at the craft by drawing daily. Yet, the slow and steady pace helped me not to procrastinate, as I was never overwhelmed by the difficulty of the daily goals I set for myself.