Friday, July 11, 2008

Jenn Ski the illustrator?

I never would have thought of myself as an illustrator. Never! Back in college, I was told by my boss at my graphic design internship that I was not an illustrator and that I should stick to graphic design. I guess everyone has had someone put them down at some point in their lives. You just have to brush it off and keep going, I guess.

Anyway, I'm working on an alphabet of animals different from the set I've been selling. Because it's such a large project, I've become the biggest procrastinator - not because I don't want to do it, but because it feels so overwhelming! So yesterday I had a meeting with my agent, Lilla, and she gave me some great tips to stay on track...

I've gotten myself on a schedule: I assigned myself projects to work on each day and posted the dates at which they're due at a client's. I got myself an actual, physical calendar (I just don't have the discipline to organize around one of those computery ones). Now I can literally see where I'm at on any given project.

I still need to add some more tasks to it, but just having a visual representation of where I'm at and where I'm going takes a huge weight off my shoulders!

7 comments:

orange you lucky! said...

Man, that's exactly what I need to do!
You are right, the bigger the project the more creative I get with the procrastination.
I need one of these huge calendars to organize myself as well. Where did you get yours?

And, don't listen to any 'bosses'. People are so fast to label the familiar.

Jenn Ski said...

I went to an office supply place called staples here in the states. It's just a laminated paper calendar, nothing special.

Kerri said...

I love the Jellyfish! I am the same way about calendars. I try and try to use my digital planner and Google calendar but I just cannot get on board. I love your big giant one. :)

BB said...

rt to use such a large calendar and to color coordinate different activities. I do this in iCal on my mac- but sort of feel that an old school calendar may be a better way to go...

Also, how and when did you seek out representation from an agent- I think it is a SMART move!

Jenn Ski said...

Lilla actually found me on Etsy last year.

LINDSAY said...

We must be of the same mind! I too am currently working on a similar project...and I'm using a giant calender to count the remaining days of the project. (It's a promo calender I took from my husbands office) I'm at R so far :)

Mona said...

I love how you are getting all scheduled up, I definitely need to get one of those calenders and I am absolutely loving your blog.