What do you do when you suddenly have the time, space and resources to fully unleash your creative potential? 1. You find yourself "weak at the knees" or "scared shitless" or "extremely humbled."
2. You pull yourself up by your favorite-colored bootstraps and put a little meat on the bones of this project* you set out to do.
3. You wish to flesh out this list for the sake of adding more idioms.
4. Okay, now let's talk about this here Creative Residency and what one (me) plans to do in the first three months.
Like I said in my previous post, I've found myself in a unique situation (huge opportunity). Before this all came about, I was making teeny tiny baby steps toward transitioning my business into full-time art sellin'. As you know, side hustle forces us to make the most of the little, precious time we have to work on the side projects we are so passionately side hustling in the first place (efficiency! Great!). The sometimes-downside is that it creates, at least for me, an ultra-productivity mindset. If I have an hour, I'm going to make it count.
But we know that making space to explore and play is where we find the insightful, clever, thoughtful and impactful art.
I want to make and sell my work and I want it to support me and I want to teach others how to do it too. I also want to help folks realize their creative potential.
Because of this year-long creative residency through Adobe, the whole process will be accelerated.
There are a lot of unknowns, and that's why this is so good for me. Like I said, I tend to be very methodical. I suspect the hardest part for me will be making space for exploring, learning and failing. For the first three months, my focus will be on making art. I'm going to create 100 pieces and I'll be posting them on my website. I plan to update the home page weekly (probably starting in the next week or two), so please follow along on my journey. I'll also share my process (thoughts and tools).
In an effort to prioritize the actual illustration process, I created a skeleton schedule. Check out this post by Jessica Hische (sent to me by my fellow traveler and figurative running partner, Jen). I have no doubt it will be more fluid than my "2-3 PM: catch up on email" plan, but making time to make is going to transform my flow. I'm looking forward to seeing how this impacts the life of my work.
Last thing! Next week (Thursday, May 14th), I'll be speaking at Vuka alongside some other talented designers at Adobe's Creative Jam. Sign up and join us for a night of inspiration, process and tomfoolery.