By Definition

mima jewellery drawing

When can I call myself an illustrator?

I know I don’t need to wait until I’ve done the (un)necessary training, have a certificate, or passed a test.  So, must I have a pre-specified number of followers on Instagram?  Or an extensive online portfolio (which I’m sure is very helpful indeed, but I’m new here).

So, what if I don’t?

When two completely disconnected people* raised this question, it got me thinking.  I well and truly dread being asked what I do for a job, as mine isn’t a straightforward answer.  I feel I have to justify my own situation with an abridged version of my awkward journey through life and work so far.  Concluding with “but I want to be an illustrator”.  This alone isn’t self-explanatory.  And I feel I have to justify what I’m doing to get there (although I’m continually fighting self-doubt that I could ever be so lucky as to live the life I always dreamed of).

So, having given this some thought, I’m choosing to call myself an illustrator right now, despite not having much stuff “out there” to prove it.

[Audible intake of breath]

Well, where has being a hopeful illustrator gotten me so far?

If you’re also fed-up of self-doubt and the niggling, irritating voices that accompany this, try calling yourself an artist, illustrator, or whatever you hope to be, and listen to the new thoughts that start popping into your head.

*Hat’s off to Jessica Abel and my Canadian friend J for raising this.

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Peripheral Vision

Sorry for my late post; I’ve made big leaps recently and it’s left me feeling puzzled.

Although my wardrobe overhaul is still in progress, I’m seeing myself in a new light.  Outside and in I’m not the ‘me’ I was a year ago.  I’ve made significant progress on my wardrobe overhaul, but there’s more to it than a few new outfit combinations.  I’ve leapt much further than I’d imagined, so I’ll have to tweak my travel plans.  A few more changes and perhaps my new self will move into full focus.

WordPress prompt: Puzzled

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Less is More

So far this month I’ve parted company with more items of clothing than I’ve gotten rid of in the past few years.  And I’ve rediscovered more too.

We’ve all heard the suggestion that we only wear a small proportion of our wardrobe a large proportion of the time (and until recently that applied to me too).  But with a recent wardrobe refresh (prompted by the discovery of holes in a few of my merino wool jumpers), I’m gaining a new perspective on everything I have and how things can be combined in ways I’d never previously imagined.

At the moment, my creative energy is directed towards my inner architect as I scrutinise the clothes I own and the outfits I pull together (and any damage that can or can’t be repaired).  I’m challenging myself to wear things I haven’t worn for a while, and questioning the point of hanging onto ‘vintage’ stuff when I just won’t wear them again.  (They’re off to charity, by the way.)

Dressing up or down at the start of the day is a joy I look forward to, and I have an inkling this new approach to decluttering will not be restricted to my wardrobe.

WordPress prompt: Inkling

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Changing Room

One thing I’ve discovered from writing through my thoughts over the past 21 months is that for things to change, you need to change a few things.  And small changes are just as significant as bigger ones.

Having written before about the impact of attire on my mood, I realised it would help if I got it right first time every time with a wardrobe refresh.  Feng shui probably doesn’t spring to mind when you’re looking to review your own wardrobe, but I wanted some fresh ideas, and it helped me rethink my studio last year.

This post by California Closets.com goes beyond the usual tips to declutter and colour co-ordinate your clothes; just what I was looking for.  Starting with step 2, I’ve reordered my own things from side to side, as follows:

  • Work clothes (which represent prosperity)
  • Casual and weekend wear (relationships with loved ones)
  • Creative wear, for drawing, gardening, baking and… (inspiration and my artistic side)
  • Formal clothes (success)
  • Lingerie and date night outfits (love)

Then you can arrange each section by colour and type (steps 3 and 4).

If you haven’t got time to declutter first, you can do that once you’ve taken stock of everything you have, one section at a time, as I am.  My mood has definitely been lifted, and it’s much easier to find the perfect outfit for an evening out, or for getting covered in charcoal dust.

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