I don't know about you, but it's easy to for me to gloss past my own small wins.
I like to break big projects into little steps, and I think it's important to celebrate reaching those little milestones. I don't always do it, though. So here I am, doing that now in this blog post.
If you've been following along here for awhile, you know I've been working on a children's book with a friend of mine. She writes, I draw. For years I've been working on the illustrations on my iPad. I started the first character sketches when my three year old was an infant.
Around that time, I also learned how to draw using my iPad and the Procreate App. Working on the Finnegan illustrations has been a good project for me to fuel my self-education in digital drawing.
Long story short, about a month ago I finished the illustrations! I created 18 illustrations that tell the story of Finnegan's Fantastic Friday (that's the title).
And you know what I did when I finished them? Other than texting the author, nothing much. Not even a celebratory post on Instagram. I just moved on to my next project.
Well here I am, better late than never, telling you that I'm proud of myself for creating those 18 illustrations. I had never done anything like that before. I learned a lot, and I think they're pretty cute.
And they're going to get even cuter. I've since met with the author and we've decided to add a couple more pages and details. So "finished" wasn't really the right word I suppose... There's still a journey ahead, but a lot of it is also behind! I'll keep you posted, and try to be better at celebrating small victories.
You should too
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