Earlier today my husband sent me a link to this blog post by programmer Scott Hanselman, on feeling like a phoney, despite career success. Give it a read first, if you’ve got a minute. I’m a couple of years late here, but it’s good stuff that most of us will relate to. Unsurprisingly, I do too, and wanted to blog a quick response (as a “you and me both, husband!” as much as anything else!).
I think something that can exacerbate this for freelancers, or anyone with a professional online identity, is the need to present our skills, competence and confidence to potential clients, customers and colleagues (this episode of Sesame St is brought to you by the letter C!). To market our skills, services, and – as a hundred “you are your brand!” articles around the web remind us – ourselves.
I think most of us are a mix of those feelings of despair when we look at work from someone we feel we’re miles behind, those feelings of euphoric pride when we create something we’re really pleased with and go “wow, I made that!“…and hopefully, underpinning it all, a reasoned awareness of the skills that we do have after years of study, practice, and (hopefully!) constant learning. But we’re having to present one side of that when we write copy for our website, or promo mailers, or job queries.
Quick sketch for today! There’s a new development which they’ve just started clearing the site for near where I live. It looks like it’ll be a good development, I’m totally not knocking it. But walking into town today meant having to watch the beautiful avenue of trees the main pedestrian route into town went through be chopped down and woodchipped on the spot. They gave me a lot of joy over the years, especially when their leaves glowed with spring light.
Okay, so I’ve got a slightly mellower schedule for the next month or so than the previous few, so I’m going to open commissions for a while! I don’t do this very often, so it’s a good time if you’d like something from me!
Commissions will be done to all be sent by the end of March, and I’ll close either at that point or when my slate is full, whichever comes first (despite being less manic atm, I can only take a limited amount, so get in touch sooner rather than later to make sure!
Read on for prices and info (long post warning)!
Keeping up the tradition for a fourth year, here’s this year’s Chinese New Year illo!
Now that we’re a ways into 2013, I hope everyone’s firing on all engines and excited for the year ahead. Wishing you all every success!
Thought I’d do a quick roundup of some recent work which is available at the moment!
First up, the second issue of digital serial anthology VS Comics is out now! This issue includes ‘Happy Birthday’, a six page story written by Kimberley Newey (Twitter, Facebook) with art by me.
I’m really pleased with how this one came out, was challenging and fun, and definitely a bit different from what I usually do! The comic as a whole has some brilliant stuff (Martin Simmonds‘ art on Eponymous is a highlight!), so definitely recommend you pick it up!
Hi all! Okay, so this is a little later than I meant it to be, but I know I can’t be the only one still to send their cards ^_~
So, a Christmas gift from me to you! PDF’s of a large format Christmas card with this year’s Christmas artwork – focussed on warm times with people you care about - which you can print at home! 150 dpi for home printing, for both North American and International paper sizes! I hope it spreads some smiles
DOWNLOAD PDF for A4 printers!
DOWNLOAD PDF for 8.5 x 11 printers!
Happy Christmas, and thanks for all the support, retweets, encouragement and interest this year. Lots more art and stories coming your way in 2013!
The Kickstarter/comics OTP shows no signs of moving out of its honeymoon period, so I thought I’d do a quick roundup of a few projects you may like. May have to do this regularly!
This is a more musing-y blog post than usual…
I’ve been bonkers busy lately, largely because events tend to cluster at this time of year, so I ended up with a stretch of about 6 weekends where I was away somewhere for every one! What was a bit different this year was that they weren’t all comic conventions. Two weekends in a row were Schoolism Live London, and the Zero2Illo conference. Both of these were fantastic events and totally worth a writeup themselves, but I want to talk about cpd (continuing professional development for the non-British) and taking stock of one’s career, more generally. (For a brilliant in-depth writeup of Zero2Illo, read Kat Chapman’s here!)
Managed to pop over to lovely Page45 today to pick up some comics – including issue 8 of Fables spinoff Fairest, the first issue of a Rapunzel-centric arc by Arthur C. Clarke Award winner Lauren Beukes. Really enjoyed this issue – this storyline is off to a great start, complete with attacking paper cranes, and promises lots of Japanese mythology and pop culture fun. (But probably the main reason this is my Fanart Friday pic is Hair. Seriously, can a hair salon please hire me to do some illustration for them so I can spend hours and hours drawing lovely hair?!)
Happy Halloween everyone! What are you dressing up as? (I am sadly dressing up as a cartoonist with deadlines and no time to make an awesome costume. Ah well.)
As you’re reading this, you may have already noticed a few changes. Thanks to my fantastic webmaster(/husband), we’ve had a site-wide update! The blog is still currently on the old system, but you should notice some changes in the menu above, and if you poke around a bit you’ll see a new homepage, more information in the About section, a list of webcomics and books in the Comics section, and new work in the Gallery!