Hopes, Fears and Opportunities II
We had a group discussion on this before the end of last module, in which we were required to write a few ‘hopes, fears and opportunities’ on pieces of paper, which were then passed around randomly and read out. It was a good exercise to do—the anonymity was good, although I would have been okay doing it normally—but it was good to hear things from other people, and to see whether anyone shared my views.
Following this, I made a post in December highlighting my key views on this subject. My main fear was basically not having enough motivation to be able to finish my final year with a mark I’m happy with. I’m not sure something like that can ever be resolved, at the very least not so quickly—having had severe motivation problems for several years, it’s not something that I can easily fix. Saying that, Final Major Project has so far, fingers crossed, been okay. Not fantastic in terms of motivation, but I think it’s going/has gone better than usual. There have been periods when working has been near impossible, as always, but I’ve managed to keep a fairly steady pace, and hopefully the outcome will be something I’m proud of. I decided to have all my research in a physical book, printing as I find it, to make sure both the tutors and I don’t miss anything. It’s a lot nicer to quickly flick through a book than it is to have to trawl through folders on my laptop to find what I’m looking fore. Much more accessible.
My ‘opportunity’ was Wildcard. As this is an ongoing thing, it hasn’t changed much either, but it’s definitely developed since last year. We’re now focusing much more on t-shirt designs than badges, which is really fun, and it’s nice to know the process of setting designs up for print. Chloe and I are also in the process of creating our own brand, which Wildcard will then promote and sell products of. It’s not particularly stable in terms of a career, but I know I still have something to fall back on after I graduate, and regardless it’s nice to have something that relates to the industry I want to end up in! Seeing my designs on physical items is always a bonus, too.
My main hope was to develop a consistent style. Naturally this also isn’t something that can be fixed in a matter of months, but I’m trying not to worry about it so much. My portfolio review with Emma Reynolds was really helpful in several ways, but I think it was the parting word that stood out most to me—to not worry that graduating is the be-all-and-end-all, and it’s just the beginning of where my art will be. So eventually I’ll have something consistent that I’m happy with, and have a way of working that I enjoy above all others, and that will be my ‘style’.
Another hope was to get a table at conventions selling my art, but I can’t really do that until I graduate due to time and money constraints. It’s something I’m going to start looking into over the summer. I have some prints to sell; the next step will be the creation and printing of the comic.
Chloe and I have a table at a craft fair in Lincoln in May, where we’re going to sell some of my prints, along with some of our t-shirts and her photography prints.
We also help out Wildcard when they have a stall at a convention we’re attending. I’m not fantastic at that kind of customer interaction, it makes me really uncomfortable, but at least it’s good practise!
(Mike praying to the card reader gods)