2019 roadmap

2019 is going to be a good year, I can feel it in my bones. I can’t explain why exactly, but it’s a combination of coming off a successfully completed project with a creative high, seeing a lot of opportunities appear and knowing that really putting my energy into it can have tremendous results.

So, here’s a list of things I’m hoping to accomplish in 2019.

  • Build off the success of Minimal Raider to create a similar game which is longer and has my own style and narrative.
  • Collaborate with other indie game devs to create better games, and perhaps build it out into a nice side business.
  • Build up a local community of creatives.
  • Get back into doing frame-by-frame animation and post short animations based on songs I like to Instagram.
  • Speak at a conference.
  • Learn to really play the piano.
  • Buy a house.
  • Super secret stretch goal.

Week 76

This is a weekly recap of what has been going on in my professional life. It’s to keep track of what I’m up to and to give you a peek at what it’s like being an independent creator.

Hey there, welcome to 2015. A new year, and a new coat of paint for the blog.

In the last week of 2014 I translated my site into dutch as part of my 2015 resolution of focusing more on the dutch market (more on that later). I’m still doing the same for the presskit content – thanks to the just-released presskit() 2.5 update!

To start off 2015 I wrote down some of my goals, business/art-wise. I wasn’t going to do it at first, but when I thought of one thing I was already doing – learning Illustrator – the rest came naturally.

So here they are in no particular order:

learn illustrator
I never really ‘got’ what it was for, but with more and more art moving into vector I felt like I had to sit down and learn it front to back.

translate my portfolio into dutch
The past few months I’ve realised that I never really put much thought into the dutch market. I do work for dutch clients (and with this VATMOSS business I’m happy sticking to that), but my portfolio never reflected that, nor did my own projects. I always focused on the international, but I can see now there is merit in romancing the dutch side of things as well.

start doing daily comics again
Back in my third year of art school I drew daily comics every now and then, just as a sort of diary. Nowadays a lot of people do a vlog – it’s basically the same idea. It helps me remember the small moments and find a punchline in ordinary situations. I want to start doing those again, and combining them with these weeknotes maybe.

get my art/cartoons into a (dutch) (comic) magazine
Magazines are a largely unexplored area for me, and I think I can expand the sort of semi-weekly cartoons I do for The Post Online into that realm.

off-stage
I have a couple of ambitions for Off-Stage – increase the readership through targeted advertising, finish chapter 2, and start doing smaller updates more than once a week. I like the full-page format I’m drawing in now, but I’d like to start doing two-or-three-panel gags inbetween those.

And ofcourse I’ll be working on Black Feather Forest again in the future, plus a few other goals I’m keeping up my sleeve for now. It’s plenty to keep busy with, I’d say.

Next week: keeping busy with it.