As I continue to look through my notes from the conference I realize that… sheesh I have alotta notes.
That’s a good thing though!
These next set of notes are from a presentation titled “Passion Project”that was given by Alyssa Nassner, one of the people who critiqued my portfolio. Mostly for illustrators, but I think you can apply this to writing as well.
To start out, a passion project is a series of works that focus on a specific skill or topic, whatever the illustrator (or maybe writer!) is passionate about.
What makes a passion project? She listed:
- Motivation (The will!)
- Inspiration (Idea)
- Creative Freedom (No one tells me what to do!)
- Time (Carve out time in you schedule!!!)
What does a passion project do?
- Improves work through practice.
- Increases online visibility.
- Demonstrates a consistent art style.
- Show cases interests (what inspires creativity?)
- Inspires others.
What should YOU do?
- Ask yourself what interests you?
- What skills would you like to improve?
- What type of industries interests you?
- Is there a grab in the market?
- What is fun and makes you happy?
- SET A REALISTIC GOAL!!! (This one is in all caps for me haha)
Nassner also goes into a bit about social media (side note, she pretty much scolded me for not having a URL or domain name, whoopsies, need to do that.) Pinterest and Instagram seem to be the big ones. Twitter, Facebook, and tumblr are others.
Basically, if you’re making a passion project share it! Everywhere!
To end, my personal passion projects will be to work my on my line work with a weekly illustration, and to work on figure drawing/painting.
The line work will be a weekly project where the figure drawing/paintings will be a daily thing, starting next month when I clear my shed of the winterly spiders.
And this is where I begin my passion project.
Hope you guys have fun with yours!