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Blank Canvas: Creative Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. January first always seems to bring out the best intentions in people, and us creative types are no different.

Some may choose to lose weight, get in shape or quit a bad habit. But Go Media is curious what you the design community wants to change, improve or quit in regards to your creative life.

I’ll kick things off by sharing what art-related resolutions I’ve made in 2011.

Most of my plans for the coming year are less on the creative side and more on the business side of my art. In general the theme for me is to expand the reach and availability of my art and creative services.

In particular, I’ve come to the realization that I’ve been offering a pretty narrow slice of my illustration talents — for the most part it’s been targeted to those seeking custom work. I had a bit of an “aha!” moment in late 2010 (which of course in hindsight seems obvious) that there are many more potential clients, customers and fans out there who don’t need to hire me for custom work, but would like to have some for themselves.

This will also help achieve the other goal I have for 2011 and beyond, which is to create more artwork for myself. I pretty much had a laser focus for the past 5+ years to grow my illustration business to something that was self-sustaining, and by doing so I focused completely on the illustration work I created for clients.

Of course the past years were not all about art, since in order to achieve the goal of running your own business you need to do, well, business. But it all revolved around commercial art. I’d like to get more into creating art I want to create, and being able to make it self-sustaining from a business standpoint.

I’ve actually spent most of the Christmas/New Year’s “holiday” working on putting these goals into motion. To paraphrase Newton’s laws of motion, it’s much easier to keep something going once it’s in motion that it is to get it started.

Part of this process also involves my third resolution, which is to get more involved with others in the creative community. Some of the other projects I’ve begun are being worked on in conjunction with other like-minded illustrators. I find it makes the process not only more enjoyable, but it helps keep you on point when others are working towards (or bugging you to complete) the goals you’ve taken on.

So that’s my 2011. Go Media wants to hear from our readers: what’s your creative resolution for 2011?


Dragon photo by Rollan Budi

About the Author, George Coghill

George Coghill isa freelance humorous illustrator/cartoonist specializing in mascot cartoon character design & cartoon logos. His cartooning & illustration work can be seen at and at his cartooning and illustration blog. Be sure to follow me on Twitter here!
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  • cubicledreams

    Design resolutions for 2011:

    No more damned drop shadows.

    Less “rockwell” fonts. They really just make every other ad I see lately look like a Burger King commercial to me.

  • OverIthisWire

    I would really like to improve my layout work and get more into layout. I’ve spent the past few years focusing on illustration. I’ve learned a lot and I feel like my work has progressed but there is something new to learn everyday and Im just not where I want to be with it yet. It burns me out sometimes. So for 2011 I hope to do some cool layout stuff to add to my portfolio. On the business side Ive re done the branding for our firm. I just got our new cards a few weeks ago. The cards are very informative so I hope to snag more clients who need only design work done. Some think we only offer the printing so that’s a major thing id love to also do for the new year. Other then that I’ve been working on my personal t shirt line and id like to start getting everything printed! Hope all of you guys at gomedia have a great sucessful & creative new year!!

  • Brian Gonzales

    This year I want to focus (or re-focus) on finalizing my products. It took me years of hard work, frustration, midnight oil burn sessions, and moments of fleeting inspiration to establish the products that I consider to be the basis of my company. This year – I am going to package them up, Brand the hell out of em, and make some mad profits! Oh and yeah – less Rockwell – more CUFON – more iPhone stock art, and more sketchbook.

    Happy New Year Go Media Crew!

  • RAUL

    My biggest & only resolution that I need (and will) accomplish is to get back my inspiration & confidence in my own work again. I’ve been working on in-house advertisements @ a hardware store for the last 2 years, being treated like a footstool by my micro-managing (“make that bigger and bright red & use IMPACT”) boss. My ability to generate creative solutions has dwindled along w/ my self confidence. It’s avalanched into my own personal/freelance work as well.

    I resolve to get the ball rolling again. I will do everything in my power to mature as a designer/photographer/artist whilst doing cartwheels in the sun & headbanging to Maiden in front of coworkers with pride.

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  • logo ian

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  • panax

    Very cool and interesting article