It's day in the life time again! This week we're joined by Kiran of Illustrating Rain. Kiran creates stunning abstract art in pen and ink, inspired by the random and magical ways of nature, the universe and human thought processes. Over to Kiran for a day in her life...
I normally wake up around 7am and the very first thing I do is to check my phone for emails, which is something I have to try and stop doing! I make a cup of chai tea and run a bath where I always take a book to read, even if it is just a few pages. I normally have a few books on the go at the same time. Currently I am obsessed by the work of Nassim Nicholas Taleb and so am reading through his books. I'm fascinated by human behavior and the ways in which the mind works. Have also just finished reading Creative Block by Danielle Krysa which is a great inspirational read, full of artist interviews.
At my desk by 8.30am and check all emails and respond, as well as follow up on social media. At the beginning of the week I have a few loose ideas of what I would like to achieve by the end of the week, I am not a fan of to do lists, so mostly for me it may just be a scribbled note about what I need to make sure is a must for the week, and then I remain pretty flexible as that is the way I work best.
I am beginning to create a new collection of work so am still in research and experimentation mode. I have tidied all my work-spaces so everything is easily accessible. I then make a start and try out a few ideas. If I feel like I have a sense of what direction I would like to head in, then I may need to pop out to buy some suitable art materials. It is normally a walk into town to the local art shop.
At about 1pm, I’ll make myself some lunch but normally it is a quick bite and I am back to work. The work I am experimenting on may need time to dry, so I will begin photographing some work that I have already created and use Photoshop to edit my shots. Once they are ready, I then head over to Etsy and list any new pieces. I have two shops on Etsy that offer different styles of work. My main shop is under the name of Illustrating Rain for contemporary art pieces. My second shop is called Water & Words and offers instant download prints. I enjoy working with different styles, so having two shops can satisfy this need. I then use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all newly listed work.
About this time I take a hot drink break and clear up all the mess that I have created along the way. I am a bit obsessive about keeping a clean work space, which is ironic for someone who is usually creating quite a lot of mess each day! I then go through ideas to pitch to blogs or magazines. Marketing my own work has not come easily to me, and so I have recently purchased the DIY Pitch Kit by Jena Coray which I have found to be useful. I make a note of who I feel would be appropriate to contact, and create a list of people that I will make contact with, and begin drafts of what to send out and when.
By this time around 5-6pm, I will wind down and think about what I will make for dinner. I love cooking and it is a good way for me to unwind. I then spend the evening reading or watch any good ted talks or listen to podcasts. I also have a tendency to check on social media throughout the evening from earlier posts that I have made, and generally look over my shops and blog to check what may need tweaking. In fairness I do not really turn off from work during the week. I seem to have to make a concerted effort not to find something else that needs doing. I think that when you work from home and for yourself, it can take a while to figure out your working habits and what is best for you. I am still working on that!