Wow what a year! I think this year must have been my most momentous year so far! I just can't believe how many wonderful things have happened.
I saw my first piece of published work in a book shop. I finished off work for 'I am a Witch's Cat' and prepared for my upcoming exhibition. I made a new blog header. I drew Victoria Stitch as a baby. We watched Ladyhawke and ate vegetable pie.
I had my MA exhibition at Foyles in London. I made a ballerina for Sian. We ate chinese food in Chinatown with my grandmother and uncles. We made pancakes for pancake day. I made Henry a tiny illustrated book for Valentines day. It snowed.
Henry and I both had our birthdays. I made him a Zelda cake and we had friends round for dinner. We also went to Dubai! I discovered the 'rainbow' drink (avocado, mango and strawberry-yum). We went cycling in Safa park, swimming in the sea, visited the aquarium, watched the dancing fountains from a french restaurant, ate shark, went to Wild Wadi water park, did lots of reading and marvelled at the jewellery in the gold souk.
I went back to Dubai with my family and cousin who was getting married. We talked a lot about weddings. I got a book deal!!! I finished a gothic-themed commission. I did some sample 2d illustration work to show to publishers.
We went to France for a few days for a friends wedding which was spectacular. We ate lot of cheese and cherries. I began re working on 'I am a Witch's cat' book. I got a new camera! We went to a barn dance for my uncle's 50th.
I did lots of re-photographing for my 'I am a Witch's cat' book. I began to get back into sewing. There were lots of Jubilee celebrations. I went to the V&A in London and did drawing with Sian. I dyed the tips of my my hair blue and got the nickname 'ice queen' for a week.
Henry and I went to Yorkshire with his Dad and Gran. We visited holiday places from his childhood, went to a run down miniature village, Visited Whitby, ate fish and chips and visited a sea life centre. I began to get the first inkling of an idea for a new novel.
I made two sparkly dancing girl illustrations. I met up with some friends and we looked at all our old childhood toys. I did lots of swimming with Rebecca. I begged Henry to agree to go on holiday to Turkey (haha!)
Henry and I went to Turkey with his mother! We ate out a lot, had a Turkish bath, visited Icmeler, swam in the sea a lot, went on a boat trip, lay on sunbeds and ate ice cream. Celestine was created. Also I went to Miniatura in Birmingham and discovered the wonderful work of Ursula Sturmer: Miniature Jeweller.
Henry and I held our long planned for Pumpkin dinner party. I created my pumpkin house picture and made lots of tiny Halloween outfits for Celestine. Henry bought me a fancy witch's hat. I went on lots of walks. We visited Oxford for the day and I discovered a beautiful fairytale book illustrated by Su Blackwell.
I got an agent! We celebrated thanksgiving. Celestine did some baking. I created a new blog header. We went to see the fireworks. Henry and I passed the three-years-of-being-together mark. We visited Henry's family in Nottingham and Derby where I found some tiny buttons and loads of exciting fabrics. I did an assembly!
Henry and I got engaged! I went to Dubai for Christmas and saw all my family together which was lovely. We had a wonderful pre Christmas dinner/party at Dave's house with my closest friends. We also had two more 'Christmas's- one with Henry's mum and one with his Dad and Gran. I made sparkling fairies with the children at the Christmas fair. I created my Victoria Stitch sleigh picture and sent out some Victoria Stitch christmas cards. All with lots of glitter.
So yes, 2012 has been a wonderful year for me! I hope yours has too!
My resolution/goal for 2013 is to really try and earn enough money to be a full time illustrator without needing another income. This should hopefully be possible now I have an agent but we will have to see! I feel like this year has been slightly relaxed in the illustration area but it was probably a relaxation that was needed after five and a half years of studying! I mean I have been doing illustration work and of course I have my book deals to work on etc but I haven't been working quite as intensely as I was before. I think this was down to being a bit in limbo after finishing my MA, getting used to working from home and the fact that I haven't had quite enough work to fill my time. Now that I have an agent I have seen that this has already begun to change and my schedule is already pretty busy for the next few months. So here's to a busy 2013!
Do you have any New Years resolutions?
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
p.s: 2010 review here and 2011 review here.