July has ended and it's been a strange mix of some great milestones here, but also an acknowledgement of my continued struggle with burnout.
To start off, Kev and I packed up the FINAL Kickstarter order after a year and change of consecutive Kickstarter campaigns dedicated to the Birthstone Goddesses enamel pins!
It's been amazing to see how fans, new and old, have turned out to support this pin series' creation. The pins are complete and I am so happy with them! That's one big project milestone for the Birthstone Goddesses complete:
(The entire series is now available in my shop!)
Now, we can sit back and get some much needed rest! This year-long journey has shown me what my limits are as a one-person business and that I just can't do this all by myself without sacrificing my well-being. It shows me I can only do two Kickstarters a year at most, and that it's super important for my creative wells to not sacrifice so much of my time painting to business upkeep, promotion, and project management.
It showed me I was very bad at taking time off as well! It just wasn't possible. The last few months I kept trying to take time off, but there was always something in Backerkit that needed setting up, ads to design, proofs to approved, and Kickstarter things to promote before the next deadline.
So now for vacation take three (or four?), I'm losing count! Now that there are no more Kickstarter things until next year, I'm taking some ACTUAL true and proper time off! Reading this article on artists defining and struggling with their burnout really made me pause and think about some specific strategies for myself to set better resting habits!
Our creativity is a muscle that can be strained and it's a skill they don't teach in school. I'm giving myself permission to have fun in August, do non-art crafty projects, and play all the video games! And THIS TIME I will not have to worry about unavoidable Kickstarter deadlines encroaching on that all-important rest time.
Coming in August
I'll still be sharing a new coloring page and new art. I'll be meandering with fun art, like Anko's 6 Outfits Challenge, finishing more portraits for my charity drive, and sharing more creative journey posts here, for a little while. The Birthstone Goddesses are entering their final phase for me and there's a lot I want to tell you all about where we're going from here, once I've rested a bit!
Digest of July's Posts
- [Secret Sketchbook] Anko's Six Outfits Challenge - Outfit 1: Gothic Lolita Chef
- Kickstarter Post-Mortem: Birthstone Goddesses Coloring Book
- New Art! Keyword Drawings - "Dark Fairy" & "Whimsical Pinup"
New Rewards Added in July
I hope you all won't mind seeing my continued art diversions here for a little while longer! The Birthstone Goddesses will return momentarily, but as I've been going full steam ahead on them for 6 years (wow!), it's important that I let it rest for a little while to finish it off the final phase with a bang! I'm planning some very different illustrations to be included in the art book and I am SO excited to get into something that's less Mucha and more ME.