Projects and blogging plans for 2016

plans for 2016

Hello everyone, this new post is meant to give you some updates about the blog and about making goals for 2016.

I wrote that last blogpost about priorities and then left this blog pretty much hanging for October and November. I became pretty busy with the CTNx expo happening again so I had to prepare for that. I’m also working on the story I made together with Mallory Carlson during the course “Oatley Academy Live.” (Now called “The Storytellers` Summit”) In this course, a group of six OA students were asked to make a new story from scratch, using the content of the course to have a live example for the students in OALive to follow along with. Our story is called “Emma and the Oofles” and I’m writing the story, while Mallory is drawing it. The basics of the story are in place and now we’re ready to start actually making it. You can follow the progress of this project on Tumblr and Facebook.

Now, about this blog. I thought of some new goals for the new year while taking into account the limited time I have with my current projects going on. I will be posting here less frequently and for now I think I will stick to one blogpost a month in a more serial way instead of blog about whatever is coming my way. This will help me focus more on making larger points in more smaller posts.

I have put the last months to use comic wise too and finished the first plage of the Recollection City comic! That’s super exciting to me. Page 2 – 20 are well on their way too. It feels good to finally actually produce pages next to writing and designing. Sometimes you realize you just have to start.

As for 2016, if you haven’t yet listened to this great podcast episode by Chris Oatley then please do! This might really help you gain some insight in setting realistic and doable goals.

For me, I have to divide my free art time into three main subjects: Recollection City, Emma and the Oofles and the blog. I want to try and do the following:

  1. Make one page of Recollection City every two weeks.
  2. Figuring out ways to speed up my process without the loss of much quality so I can eventually get to one page every week.
  3. Write one page for Emma and the Oofles every week.
  4. Do some thumbnailing for the page layout of EatO as well.
  5. Post to the blog every month.
  6. Make posts, using a maximum length. (most of my posts are very long and that might put people off)
  7. Do more to spread blogposts across the internet, revamp and repost shorter or splitted versions of my old blogposts and send out the newsletter too. In other words: getting things out there.

I will not be posting creative prompts in 2016, although you might still come across them on social media whenever I think of one spontaneously. I’d love to use the creative prompts of 2015 myself, but I didn’t want to add too many projects to my list. However, they might be good warm up material.

So you’ll see less of me here, but I will still be making blogs and in between posts you can follow me on social media to see what I’m working on.

What are your goals for 2016? Is there anything you want to make or finish? Share in the comments!