Because this is the year I'm trying to inject renewed life into my illustration career, I'm spending as much time as I can working on improving my portfolio. Focusing on mostly illustration, and not so much on my shop, has been a big shift for me, one that has required conscious decisions. I'm a creature of habit, and those habits are hard to break.
Even so, I'm having so much fun just working on my illustration portfolio, it doesn't feel like work at all. I really missed that feeling! After spending most of last year, as well as part of the year before, feeling down in the dumps and you'll-never-be-good-enough, this change of focus has been refreshing and energizing. I just want to draw all the things!
To keep myself focused, I'm sticking to a small range of topics, for now, things that will perk my portfolio up. This week, I wanted to tackle a library illustration, featuring kids and an adult or two, something I don't draw enough of. You guys know I love the library, and I love books. I couldn't spend enough time in the library as kid.
As a kid, I wouldn't have dreamed of speaking above a whisper in the library, but these boys are maybe a bit more ornery than I was: