What a great thread.
I signed myself up for an illustration conference on March 2nd of 2019.
In doing so, I committed myself to:
Picking a voice or style for my portfolio. (Finally!!) I've been doing lots of exploring between digital, watercolor, ink, sculpting, cut paper and a mix of everything in between.
Create 12-18 pieces for my portfolio that match that style and voice. - This is a bit ambitious since that means I will need to complete 2 pieces a week for the next two months. (But so far I've outlined a schedule and I'm on track.)
Redesign my website to focus on that voice or brand. - My current website is a mess. It's not easy to navigate and it shows off to many of my "other projects."
Participate in a portfolio showcase at the conference.
Participate in a website critique at the conference.
Rewatch and study the SVS videos again. (Paying special attention to areas that I struggle with, ie - color balance, and lighting)
Keep putting my artistic self out there. - Last year I made it a goal to enter every SVS prompt, and I did! I also applied for a TV show, a community grant, asked other local artist to join a sketch group, and posted more of my art to social media.
Visit the SVS studio in person. - I live in Utah and have wanted to visit the SVS studio, but have been too scared to ask Will & Jake.
Enjoy the art journey!!- too often I get frustrated at my shortcomings and don't take a minute to realize that learning is part of the fun. Sharing with others and watching them grow is amazing. I love the forum for this reason. I love that we are all cheering each other on. (This all sounds like rainbows and butterflies, yikes a bit too sappy) But in truth I really am excited when I see things happen for SVSers.