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New Year’s Resolutions . . .

Everyone else is doing it, I just wanted to look like a cool person.

New Year’s, new resolutions, new, new, new. I would like to offer up some goals I have set for myself so you can all call me out when I don’t do them or only do half of them or do the opposite of all of them, which is not doing them I suppose. Or I might surprise everyone and do them all.

I don’t believe in self improvement (dieting, working out, going out more, not swearing) as I have maxed out that the willingness to negotiate that aspect of my life years ago (high five!), but I do believe that being a illustrator (a good one) involves constant training, learning, and improvement. That’s an area of endless accomplishment.

1 ) Over haul website by March of 2010. Add new features, update work, increase efficiency, tagging, more user friendly interface, etc.

2 ) Join facebook and twitter by March of 2010.

3 ) Post another huge and detailed process thread like I did with Mogwai. I’d want to tackle something i haven’t covered before. This could occur anytime in 2010.

4 ) Assemble the 2,000 lb semi auto press in my carport by the end of January. It’d be nice to build a washout booth, exposure unit, and whatever else too.

5 ) Put out a line of T-Shirts (like four) in time for Flatstock Austin in March of 2010.

6 ) Do an artist collaboration. I can’t say when that will happen, because of the other guy/girl’s schedule, but I would like to put out something stunning in 2010.

7 ) Develop a game plan to maximize my booth presence at sales events. This includes fast credit card acceptance, appearance, maximum walk through ability, etc. I’d love to have this figured out in time for Flatstock Austin in March of 2010.

8 ) The end of 2009 was awesome for freelance work and art prints, but the band posters lagged in frequency, I would like 2010 to begin with awesome band posters. Oh, wait, it will! Sonic Youth! This goal has been met and now needs to be maintained.

9 ) I carved out a unique style that I was happy with in 2009. I would like to be more experimental. Areas I can work on are typography (custom fonts?), design (more shape and graphic elements over drawing), different color palettes, and printing techniques. Expect these experiments throughout the year.

10 ) Perfect my shipping. This goal is ongoing. More video demos, tutorials, and QandA’s should follow.

I could probably go on, but I think these 10 are strong goals. It really helps to spell them out.

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  • Peter Quinn

    January 2, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Hi. I am a long time reader. I wanted to say that I like your blog and the layout.

    Peter Quinn

  • Sundeep

    January 4, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Excellent excellent goals. And I’ve already seen one of your artist collaborations – it could do with a proper follow-up. What’s Daniel’s schedule like anyways?

  • admin

    January 4, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Danger? Like all of the best artists, they are usually busy all the time. There are so many talents out there, I am surprised collaborations don’t happen more often.

  • Roger Overton

    January 4, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Excellent list of goals- I’d definitely like to see more T-shirts, especially one of The Hatch :)

  • Sundeep

    January 5, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Artists, like writers, seem to prefer to maintain control over their work. Maybe that’s why?

    Screenwriters collaborate all the time though. Maybe screenprinters can too. (See how I did that?)

    I have a great idea for a collaboration between a screenprinter and someone…not a screenprinter. But who still works with paper. Want to hear more?

    Yeah, I meant Daniel Danger – saw the Lost tote bag you two doodled. Nice!

  • admin

    January 5, 2010 at 2:52 am

    You like that Danger and Tong collaboration? Here’s another:

    Daniel Danger and I drew this on the back of an order slip while waiting for our food at a restaurant with crayons.

  • Sundeep

    January 5, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Ha! I saw the photo you posted of Daniel drawing it. Glad to see you kept it. We do the same thing with our kids – give ’em some crayons in the restaurant to keep them busy for a few minutes.

    I think this could make for an interesting print.

    Do you recognize the photo of the person in my site link?

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