CAMPFIRE – SCHEDULE FOR THE YEAR

JANUARY

TOPIC: Small Improvements Month

MONTHLY CHALLENGE: create your own vision board for 2018 or an inspiring desktop wallpaper or make your own ‘word of the year’ art

INTERVIEW: Jenn Lee

A video CAMPFIRE CHAT with yours truly

TUTORIAL: how to use the dreaded pen tool

WEEKLY THEMES:
Week 1 – Rabbits
Week 2 – Reflections
Week 3 – Boy birthday
Week 4 – Girl birthday
Week 5 – plum + peach + dusty white

LIVE VIDEO CHECK-IN: Friday January 19 – 10:00am PST

ARTICLE: Choosing the areas you’ll choose to improve this month and making a plan (portfolio on website, update social media profiles, start email list, clean desk, etc). List out small steps that will take 5-30 minutes each day

FEBRUARY

TOPIC: Crafting your brand and getting noticed

MONTHLY CHALLENGE: tighten up your branding

INTERVIEW: Fiona Humberstone

A video CAMPFIRE CHAT with yours truly

TUTORIAL: iPad Pro – Procreate basics

WEEKLY THEMES:
Week 1 – hands
Week 2 – inspired by alebrije
Week 3 – llamas
Week 4 – Mother’s Day

LIVE VIDEO CHECK-IN: Friday February 16 – 11am PST

ARTICLE: 10 ways to tighten up your brand (including creating a style guide for yourself)

FUN EXTRA: Art swap with other Fireflies!

MARCH

TOPIC: What Do You Want to Create/Design/License for?

MONTHLY CHALLENGE: Create a pattern collection for fabric

INTERVIEW: Sarah Watts

A video CAMPFIRE CHAT with yours truly

TUTORIAL: how to create a diagonal repeat

WEEKLY THEMES:
Week 1 – large-scale floral
Week 2 – monochromatic
Week 3 – ditsy floral
Week 4 – interesting dots

LIVE VIDEO CHECK-IN: Friday March 16, 9:30am PST

ARTICLE: working in collections (what to do/not to do)

APRIL

TOPIC: Building and Honing Your Portfolio

MONTHLY CHALLENGE: 30 days of drawing prompts

INTERVIEW: Ohn Mar Win

A video CAMPFIRE CHAT with yours truly

TUTORIAL: how to create a repeating pattern on the iPad Pro

WEEKLY THEMES:
Week 1 – holiday gifts
Week 2 – Halloween
Week 3 – aqua + ochre + charcoal grey
Week 4 – Father’s Day
Week 5 – diagonal stripes

LIVE VIDEO CHECK-IN: Wednesday April 18, 2pm PST

ARTICLE: the specifics of putting together an online portfolio

MAY

TOPIC: Social Media

MONTHLY CHALLENGE: start using a social media scheduler; schedule twice as much as you normally post

INTERVIEW: Kelly Rae Roberts

A video CAMPFIRE CHAT with yours truly

TUTORIAL: how to make mini animations for social media on the iPad Pro

WEEKLY THEMES:
Week 1 – snowflakes
Week 2 – mosaic
Week 3 – menorahs
Week 4 – abstract

LIVE VIDEO CHECK-IN: Wednesday May 16, 1:30pm PST

ARTICLE: Social media strategies/ideas to try

JUNE

TOPIC: Pricing and the Business Side of Being an Artist

MONTHLY CHALLENGE: Do the business stuff you’ve been putting off (bookkeeping, finding a new tax person, forming an LLC, copyrighting, etc)

INTERVIEW: Katie Lane (attorney for creatives)

A video CAMPFIRE CHAT with yours truly

TUTORIAL: how to make your own custom brushes in Illustrator

WEEKLY THEMES:
Week 1 – Back to School
Week 2 – Christmas animals
Week 3 – turquoise + cherry red + white
Week 4 – tartan plaid

LIVE VIDEO CHECK-IN: Tuesday June 19, 11:30am PST

ARTICLE: How to copyright your work in the USA

FUN EXTRA: Live Quilt Market tour from Portland!

JULY

TOPIC: Stretching Your Creative Self

MONTHLY CHALLENGE: choose a new medium to explore for the month (and use it at least twice a week!)

INTERVIEW: Caroline Douglas

A video CAMPFIRE CHAT with yours truly

TUTORIAL: how to make an animated GIF in Photoshop

WEEKLY THEMES:
Week 1 – turkeys
Week 2 – night
Week 3 – Christmas lights
Week 4 – lavender + hot pink + sepia
Week 5 – goblins and monsters

LIVE VIDEO CHECK-IN: Wednesday July 18, 9:30am PST

ARTICLE: The value of creative play time

AUGUST

TOPIC: Getting Clear on Your Purpose and Telling Your Story

MONTHLY CHALLENGE: make a short video for your website

INTERVIEW: Susan Roderick

A video CAMPFIRE CHAT with yours truly

TUTORIAL: Introduction to Camtasia for video editing

WEEKLY THEMES:
Week 1 – pineapples
Week 2 – modern baby
Week 3 – red + white folk holiday
Week 4 – mermaids

LIVE VIDEO CHECK-IN: Friday August 24, 1:30pm PST

ARTICLE: how to get clear on your story and how to communicate it through words and images

SEPTEMBER

TOPIC: Creating Freedom

MONTHLY CHALLENGE: Write a letter to yourself a year in the future, detailing all you’ve accomplished in the past year and how you feel.

INTERVIEW: Beth Kempton

A video CAMPFIRE CHAT with yours truly

TUTORIAL: How to layer Image Traced/Live Painted images to create different colored outlines

WEEKLY THEMES:
Week 1 – batik
Week 2 – snow
Week 3 – shades of purple
Week 4 – lace

LIVE VIDEO CHECK-IN: Monday September 17, 9:30am PST

ARTICLE: Scheduling your time in chunks to get more done in less time

OCTOBER

TOPIC: Submitting Your Work and Getting Noticed

MONTHLY CHALLENGE: Design a 5.5 x 8.5” postcard advertising your work

INTERVIEW: Anne Brown (product developer/creative director for Studio M, formerly of Demdaco)

A video CAMPFIRE CHAT with yours truly

TUTORIAL: 3 ways to use the Recolor Artwork Tool in Illustrator

WEEKLY THEMES:
Week 1 – shibori
Week 2 – moths
Week 3 – salmon + tangerine + cream
Week 4 – hearts and arrows
Week 5 – beaded

LIVE VIDEO CHECK-IN: Thursday October 18, 2:30pm PST

ARTICLE: Ways to stay on track with regularly submitting your work (client email list, setting reminders on your calendar as soon as you’ve sent an email, spreadsheet, Asana, Trello)

NOVEMBER

TOPIC: Setting up Shop

MONTHLY CHALLENGE: Create 3 products to list in your online shop

INTERVIEW: Leah Duncan

A video CAMPFIRE CHAT with yours truly

TUTORIAL: How to use the Blend Tool in Illustrator

WEEKLY THEMES:
Week 1 – graduation
Week 2 – stars and sparkles
Week 3 – Easter bunny
Week 4 – tracks

LIVE VIDEO CHECK-IN: Tuesday November 13, 10:30am PST

ARTICLE: Print on demand vs local manufacturing vs…

 

DECEMBER

TOPIC: Marketing/Audience Growth

MONTHLY CHALLENGE: Create a new opt-in offer for your email list

INTERVIEW: Naomi Dunford

A video CAMPFIRE CHAT with yours truly

TUTORIAL: How to index colors in Photoshop

WEEKLY THEMES:
Week 1 – indigo + white + one other color
Week 2 – Morocco
Week 3 – sunflowers
Week 4 – robots
Week 5 – fireworks

LIVE VIDEO CHECK-IN: Monday December 17, 9:15am PST

ARTICLE: Separating self-worth from your art, from money, and from your social media numbers