It’s always more difficult to start than to continue – I’ve wanted to blog for years but never had the dedication required to do so. A few times I even started blogs, posted occasionally and shut it down or abandoned it before I saw any results. So, when I saw myself posting for one month, then two, then three, and so on, I knew that I would finish my personal challenge of posting for 365 days.
It’s important to have the right tools – I started my blog on another platform that I did not understand before switching over to WordPress. I had used WordPress in the past but I wanted to look cool and use the latest technology. Unfortunately, the learning curve was too steep and I went back to a platform that I could work on myself.
Understand social media and the potential of each platform – Before I began blogging, I was on Twitter without really being on Twitter. But I found it was the platform that worked best for me. There, I found key supporters who were lovely to engage with and who sent more loyal followers my way. It’s a delight to see how illustrations are a hit (or miss) the moment I post them. When you have a blog, it’s important to use social media to gain a following otherwise you’ll just be blogging to yourself, and that can be discouraging.
If you don’t know, read – I had a LOT of questions about blogging, and although I figure most of it out on my own, I read a book on the subject to get me started, constantly looked at other blogs for inspiration, and read a lot of articles. Blogging is no longer a mystery, there’s a lot of information out there.
If you’re commited, then you’re committed – Sometimes I had to rush home to post after a night out or had to make sure that I had time to draw and post before an event. At times I even drew some not so attractive girls (in my standards) that my Mom called me out on, but I always made sure that I would post. The most challenging time was while I was doing presentations during my Masters. I think that’s when I posted the most drawings from my archives. Either way, it was a commitment and I knew that whether 1 person or 100 people saw it, I said I would do it so I did it.
I love colored hair, pink, red, violet, and turquoise – I don’t know how many markers I own but my favorite colors have remained the same as when I was a kid. When I try to use other colors, they look off, like I’m not being true to myself. This year made me define my personal palette once and for all and I am extremely grateful for that realization.
People can be really awesome – I received so much love from people that I didn’t know during this project. A lot of times they would point out details about the illustrations that I hadn’t noticed or had forgotten. Art is my salvation, as much a part of me as my brain or my hands; it was trying for me to show the world what was inside of my heart. But everyone who supported me allowed me to show myself, unfiltered, and I have grown so much as an artist from that opportunity.
When I was a kid my goal was to be able to draw what I imagined. Now my goal is to trust myself enough to take me further than what I imagined. Thank you all for being part of this artistic journey with me.
So, here are the first of the TOP 20 Illustrations, in no particular order, simply based on my preferences and the amount of likes/reblogs I received for them. Thank you to all of you who follow me, support my work, and show me love!
The Number 2 was the surprise favorite of the year for me. It received tons of likes and retweets and was a best-seller at the shopping events.
The Number 1 pick of the 365 Days of Illustrations is one of my proudest moments as an artist. Although it was done prior to the project, it became a starting point for many of the other drawings I did throughout the year. She is sensual, love her pose, her natural beauty, her clothes, and her relaxed attitude. Absolutely gorg.
I’m celebrating the end of 365 Days of Illustrations with a contest! Follow me on Twitter at @tatianapoblah and tweet to win an illustration (and more goodies!). Only 4 hours left! For rules check out http://t.co/Jnmp0SW3Zw
I just want to thank all of you for following me, for liking my illustrations, and for reblogging my work
bright-sunny-sky said: Hey there! I just stumbled across your blog and you are so talented! I'm sad I didn't discover you earlier, now that your year of drawing is almost up! I hope you'll continue to post more amazing things :)
Hey, thank you for your message! I will continue to post, most likely on a weekly basis though. Have a good one!