Happy Holidays and Onward to 2019!

December 22, 2018
Aimee Cozza Illustration 2018 In Review

It’s a tiny bit early, but I wanted to make sure that everyone got a nice holiday greeting (or two) from me this year, so I’ve decided to attach my yearly in review to this blog post as well.

First and foremost, happy holidays, Merry Christmas, and happy new year! For some reason this year doesn’t feel much like Christmas (could it be the lack of snow? Maybe. We got snow around Thanksgiving but nothing since), but I did do a few doodles to try to brighten the mood a bit.

Plus, it gave me a reason to do some stupidly simply animations. You know I like doing those!

A man lifting up another man so he can put a star on the top of a Christmas tree
A man securing a Christmas tree to the bed of his 1930s pickup truck
A man kissing another man on the cheek, while one holds a sprig of mistletoe overhead.

They’re normally not this cute if you recall at all. Don’t know why I got in the “cutesy” mood, but I did. Perhaps because I have a lot of dark stuff planned for 2019? Possibly!

While this month is not yet the end of the drawing year for me — I still have a half finished work in progress sitting open in Photoshop, along with three or four scribbled compositions, likely to be tackled in 2019 — it’s about that time of year where I post up my In Review graphic and talk about my plans for 2019. Let’s go!

Aimee Cozza Illustration 2018 In Review

How well did I do on my 2018 goals?

1. Hone in on some face anatomy issues.

How I did: I’ve worked a lot on some of my problematic areas and have become hyper-aware of things like noses, mouths, and the length of the faces. I think I’ve improved over the year, but I definitely think I can continue to focus on noses, as they are definitely the hardest part of the face for me.

2. Oh, art so white.

How I did: Not so white this year! While I didn’t double down and get to draw many people of color this year, I did get to draw more than I usually do, which includes a hispanic character introduced in 2017, a re-design of an old character, and some fanart such as for Black Panther (Killmonger is soooo cool). I will continue to work on this aspect, and I do have an idea rattling around in my head for some new characters.

3. Finish up the series.

How I did: Yup, I think it might finally be done. While it’s kind of an “ongoing” series, I think the last of it sort of petered out with “Reunion“, and not surprisingly so. Other ideas incoming!

Personal art goals for 2019:

  1. Continue working on #1 and #2 from above.
  2. Come up with a new series (in the works!)

Here’s to 2019! Can’t wait to see what happens next year!

Aimee Cozza is a freelance illustrator out of Southern New Hampshire. She graduated from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in illustration. Since then, she has been working in a variety of ways completing various illustrations for clients, friends, and for herself.

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