2014 was a busy year for me. I took on a ton of freelance work on top of my 9–5 and survived off 2 or 3 black coffees and 5 hours of sleep a day.
I found myself unable to say no to clients. It’s as if I inadvertently took on this ‘starving artist’ persona where rejecting work would somehow prevent me from ever receiving freelance work again and damage my reputation for life.
Each time I would promise myself that this project would be the last, but it never was and it went on like that for a year until by the end of 2014 I felt burnt out.
As a result, I wanted to change things up. Conveniently, I had a whole year stretched out in front of me so I made a goal for the year to invest more time on personal projects.
I’ve had a few ideas written down in old sketch books of things I wanted to pursue, learn or try but they always got buried by freelance projects.
My two passion projects I’ll be focusing on this year are:
The Sharpie Project
The Sharpie Project is a year-long project with a simple basis. Doodle some type each day with Sharpies. It was born out of my obsession with perfection that needs to be squashed. For years this has paralyzed me into making nothing. I have talked myself out of every idea I’ve had because I struggle with the start.
I want to form a daily creative habit of drawing and sketching.
Creating custom gift wrap and stationery.
That’s all I’m saying for now.
Doing new things is important.