2012, it’s been a wonderful year. One full of the best sort of challenges, and many realizations.
It’s the first year I’ve been out on my own as a full time freelance illustrator… and while it is quite the challenge, I’m happy to say it’s been working out great! Throughout this year, I’ve focused on finding my voice, and figuring out what I really want Paperfashion to be. It’s incredible how different I see it being, even from just a few months back. In the past I used to illustrate editorial shots, or images from around the web… but over the last few months I’ve put a stop to that. I want to solely focus on my original work. It may mean I don’t post everyday, but I hope to bring better quality work… and put more imagination into it!
On top of taking on my own business, I’ve fallen in love with where I live. It was never in my plans to move here… my dream was to go to New York City after college. I semi-reluctantly moved here back in the summer of 2008, excited for something new, but knowing I’d find a way to make the short move to NYC within a few months. Three years later, I was still here… but again not convinced I would stay much longer. Then there was 2011, when I took a job in Barcelona. It sounded like the adventure I’d always hoped for, and a chance to get away. As you know, after almost a year of traveling between Spain and Boston, I decided the job wasn’t for me. As soon as I got back, I moved into a new apartment, my current home, in Harvard Square. I’m not sure if it was the relief of finally being settled after a year of nonstop travel, but something clicked. I fell in love with Boston! Over the past year, I’ve been looking at where I live in a new light, and it’s been eye opening. I’m also thrilled that I finally took the time to learn to sail this summer- and I can’t wait to work on sailboat illustrations next year. Boston is such a beautifully historic city… full of inspiration everywhere I look, which as an artist, is priceless!
So with the closing of this year, let us all keep this in mind as we take on 2013…
“‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”
I want to thank each of you for following along, commenting, liking, tweeting, emailing, everything! You inspire me, and like I’ve said before, It’s a pleasure to share my imagination with you. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!
P.S. This illustration is my ode to sending more snail mail this year!
Illustration of the U.S. Post Office in December on Charles Street in Boston, MA.