Because of this, I have taken several large, tangible goals on myself this last year. I'll share a couple of them with you:
1. Illustrate at least 2 children's books. I'm almost done with one, and pretty decent with the other, and another not even close to being done. I think I'm doing well on this goal)
2. 50 Stories in a Year. This was a more recent addition to my goal list. I started this one in July. I'm working on a single sheet sketch of a short children's story each week with a few drawings. Most are horrible, some are okay. All of my stories are made up spur-of-the-moment-style when I'm telling my boy a bedtime story. Then I go back later to write it down and make a few drawings. Because of this, I get about 3-5 chances before I run out of time to write down a story- and it helps weed out the awful or repetitive ones. I don't want to spend too much time on this goal, just something to get my brain working outside of art.
3. Spend 1/2 hour on art each day. This is probably the most difficult, but I think I'm doing pretty well. I can't dedicate more than a half-hour, but this is where the give-and-take comes in. Some days are none, some are more. Over all, I work on art most days, and that's pretty good.
And then some less tangible goals:
-finish another children's book that's in progress with someone else
-create some online classes for my website
-organize an art class for local students
-get my art stuff from storage
How about you? Do you have specific goals that keep you moving forward? Or are you more of the free-going artist?
A snippet from one of the books I'm working on: