4/16/12

April Update: Three Months to Overnight Success! [Updated w better sketches]


Well, it's happening. Overnight success is real, and I've made it!

Let's get it started in here.

Made it to the '3 Months' mark, that is. In my head it feels like longer, but on the screen it looks like less. That's changing though. There's definitely some cool business to share, new art, and an Earth Day promo coming at week's end.


Newsflash: No More Metrics


Last time I wrote one of these updates, I went down a list category by category and goal by goal reporting on how I did. How boring!

Those things aren't important to anyone reading this other than me, so why talk about them? This is not the cataloguing of ships from the Iliad for god's sake, so good riddance!

But I do like lists! So here's a better list of insights and takeaways, big and small, learned over the past few months.

  • It's a slow process. As @ChrisGuillebeau says, 'We tend to overestimate what we can do in a day, but underestimate what we can achieve in a year.' The important thing is to show up.
  • Especially when it comes to ancillaries, remember that less is more. I went through this expansive phase where I tweeted 24 hours a day (literally every hour on the 29). I did this in order to push out tons of 'content' and attract more followers, yadda yadda.

    But two things told me to put the kibosh on that: 1) @madebyelyse saying that all those tweets actually made her feel more removed from me, not closer, and 2) reading somewhere (Guillebeau again) 'Don't be a curator. Be an instigator.'

    I think I'd fooled myself into being a content curator. I love pointing people at good things and helping them connect, but the most important work I can do is to draw.
  • Yes, Resistance is a formidable opponent, but show up. Case in point:

    Thursday night before the Friday 13th promo, I was up until almost 3 AM working on an idea I'd hatched just hours before. ('Ready. Fire. Aim'). I am an early riser, so being up past 11 or midnight can be a challenge, let alone 3AM.

    BUT, while my body may have been tired, my mind was totally into it. Designing the blog banner. Designing the zombie-themed Twitter sidebar. Kerning type. Going back into Paper for iOS to refine drawings. That it took so much time but that the time passed so quickly and with such engagement-- I am clearly meant to be doing more creative stuff more often. This a very positive direction sign!
  • Go more in that direction, and make some products people can own! Now start thinking about how to get paid for this!
So those are some of the most important things happening here. My recovery is well under way and it is not superficial.

Sketches [updated!]


Speaking of The Superficial, a few morning sketches from my fiancĂ©'s favorite site! Always good fodder for drawings –great mix of awful beasts and beauties! Just a few this morning in Paper.

I added a few more this morning since I wasn't really happy with yesterday's; kinda weak. Sketches from Tuesday morning. Same site. Different medium.

Holy crap! THAT'S Axl Rose now?

That's Marky Mark at bottom, and his wife up top.
She is awesome to draw!



More in my Flickr Photostream.

Earth Week


So the blog banner and my Twitter sidebar and even the colors of the blog are all different this week to celebrate Earth Week.

Originally I was doing to do draw something on the iPad at the local Farmer's Market, but I just didn't see anything that really grabbed me when I out to reconnoiter. BUT, HOWEVER, (artistic hero) Frank Frazetta's iconic Giantess image just jumped out at me sprang to mind when I thought of Mother Earth. It's cheeky, but not hoakey or hippy, and I definitely had him in mind when I drew my scene.

Giantess. I think Frazetta did this for a Baudelaire story collection.
(Btw, watch out when you Google 'giantess'; that is one crazy rabbit hole!)

The blog banner for this week is composed of two separate drawings I made in a fun and simple iOS app called Paper. I used Photoshop CS6 (free beta!) to put them together and add the text elements.

I know. I know. Not really a faun. Not really a satyr.
Not really a gnome. Not really sure what to call him.
Suggestions?

More a nymph than a Mother earth, really.

These were really fun to make, though not without some real challenges. As I work more with Paper though, I can attempt more ambitious stuff. Newsletter subscribers will get to see more BTS (Behind the Scenes) of how I made these. If you're into that.

And stay tuned because on Friday, I'll announce something new just for Earth Day!

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So thats me, three months in.

What can you do in 90 days to get closer to where you want to be?

~benc

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* I started the blog as a form of recovery inspired by John Acuff and his awesome book, Quitter. And I wrote the first tongue-in-cheek  'Update-style' post inspired by Chris Guillebeau's awesome and free guide, 279 Days to Overnight Success. I recommend the hell out of both books and their authors.

And speaking of Guillebeau (I know, I do that a lot!), I was lucky enough to win an early review copy of his new book, The $100 Startup and it is GOOD! I'll post more soon, including a review, but I really encourage you to check it out!

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