My year in review and where is my work going

23 01 2012

Last year was the year of low production. I got very few commissions but also didn’t seek for any. I was pregnant, exhausted during the first trimester, throwing up twice a day if I was having a good day and barely able to sit at the computer for more than a few minutes. My clients were just wonderful and patient, very kind and understanding and put up with all this. Come January and I found out that I had a placental condition that sent me to the hospital twice, it was really scary! Since I was put in “house arrest” I could focus on my art a bit more, the stressful circumstances were better because of artwork, at least I had something to do! ๐Ÿ™‚ But then Ignacio was born and eight months later we still are not sleeping much! He started sleeping more than an hour at a time over the holidays, so that is great. Some days I actually have a few functional neurons that can get to do something.

Sea Goddess, unfinished (c) Constanza Ehrenhaus 2011

Last year was really a dry year for me and my art (you can also see the lack of blog updates!). The lack of sleep affected how much I actually wanted to work, or how much I could tolerate it, really. Plus the lack of sleep implies that the baby is not sleeping so he is needing me, leaving close to no time for art. However, I think I have improved some. I keep working hard in improving values, composition and have a more interesting palette, I also am trying to improve anatomy and skin tones, and have interesting backgrounds too (as in, look, there actually is a background!).

This year I really want to put more time into my work. Ignacio is sleeping rather well (when he is not teething) up until midnight, so I can fit in a couple of hours of work each evening, I would love to consistently take advantage of them. Also I would like to expand my rather lonely Zazzle store, and I have signed a contract to license my work to PSP TubeStop, I wouldn’t mind having a small but predictable income from smaller venues like those. It would be great to take up on some commission work too, but I have so little time that I feel I need to get paid more than what I was asking for, especially since my time with my husband has become precious, if I am going to take time away from him and my baby, it should be better paid. One more thing I would love to do is to work really hard to help one or two charities I have in mind, I would love to have a sort of ongoing art for charity thing going on, where I could sell or auction my work and donate all the proceedings to them… in that case I don’t mind to work for free, it is my way of thanking God for my life to be blessed with health and love.

Here is a toast to 2012 and the year of the Dragon! I hope it is a wonderful one for all of you!

2009-2010: the year in review

5 05 2010

Hi! I know it is rather late to make a ‘year in review’ post. But this last year and a half has been really intense, with a wedding and two part time jobs (plus art) so there has not been a lot of art done in the second part of 2009 and also not much time to analyze things. Besides, I live in the academia calendar, so my year finishes in May ๐Ÿ˜‰

Longing for Spring (c) Constanza Ehrenhaus.

So, how has this year treated me? Rather well, I must say. My blog visits grew consistently and I am hitting 1500+ views per month, which is not bat at all! Last year in April I had 334 views and I was happy ๐Ÿ™‚ Given that I do not write about politics or sex I would say that it is a very healthy increment, and I am hoping to keep publishing at least one post per week to keep the viewers happy.

I also started writing interviews for the Artist Spotlight column in EMG-zine, which I consider awesome! You guys have no idea how nice it feels to be able to interview great artists! So far it has been great, everybody has been super nice and accepted to answer my questions. This also gives me a very good opportunity for networking, since a have a good excuse to approach artists worldwide ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, with Ellen Million, I became an editor for Fantastic Portfolios (FP), a great place not only to showcase your awesome fantasy art, but also to get great critiques and push yourself to improve your artwork. The premise of FP is that there is always room for improvement. So come over and join us!

Earlier this year I took for the second time the Creative Direction Workshop. The workshop is mainly aimed to cover artists, but the incredible people teaching it know so much that they are a source ofย  knowledge and inspiration regardless of what your artistic area is. I did learn much, and have been implementing techniques learned there not only to improve my art but also to make my work faster.

I feel that my art has been improving slowly but surely through 2009-2010, I am very pleased with some of my images and I have not started to hate them the next day after publishing them. Commissions have been slowly building up, which is nice, and this year I got the first commissions coming my way on their own. I usually put a lot of time into finding people who want art to be done for them, it’s the way this works. But it feels really good when someone knocks at *your* door instead! ๐Ÿ˜€ Those two commissions came to me because of this blog. So people, if you have a blog, keep it updated!

And, oh, yes! I sold my first print through DA this week! Ain’t it awesome? I am so giddy about that! Whoever did it has made me so happy! I send my buyer a big hug!!

That is all for right now, I hope next year I can also give you a load of positive improvements. Thank you very much for accompanying me in this journey, people, there is no way I could do this without you and your wonderful support!