The featured image in this blog post is Smeaton’s Pier in beautiful St Ives. I love popping up the road to visit its cobbled streets. Sadly its one of the many places we can’t travel to right now. But hopefully by the summer some semblance of normality will return to our lives.
This is a time of great uncertainty for the world. How we as individuals respond to the measures we are all living with is determined by our general attitude to life.
Mostly people seem to be coping ok and have a philosophical attitude. It’s an opportunity for artists and crafters to work on new ideas, revamp their studios or build up some stock.
It’s also a good time to reflect on our current career and any future plans we might have. We can look back on our achievements or failures to help inform this process of taking stock.
Reflecting on my illustration work
I was an illustrator for over 10 years working for publishers like Macmillan. Here’s a cross section of my work spanning that period.
I decided to move on to being a silversmith because I felt that I couldn’t scale up my income with illustration. Although I loved the work and being part of a creative team, I couldn’t earn a sustainable income.
The ‘How The Camel Got Its Hump’ commission for example earnt me around four thousand pounds, (after Agent’s commission), for a full-on three months work.
With hindsight this was a kings ransom compared to starting out trying to build a jewellery business.
In Pt2 I’ll be talking to myself about where things are with my jewellery career, (which will be a short section :)) and where I see my career progressing.