My successes and setbacks in 2017

The year is coming to an end. So what has happened?
It feels like the shortest year ever. I mostly remember endless cups of coffee, back pain, lack of sleep and some frustration. It has not been only misery though, that’s for sure.

Let’s have a look at the setbacks real quick

Well. My biggest one this year that I haven’t been straight enough with myself. I fell into the freelance swamp. In general, there were endless projects, contracts that you never saw, misunderstandings, and so on. I’ve learned a few lessons. This forced me to drop everything else around me, which made me lose focus. My personal projects, like this blog, my youtube channel and my own art had to suffer.

That was enough. I’m going to be very strict from now on. Especially regarding my own terms and conditions. I’m going to start working on my own contract, and take help from lawyers. It should be super clear, and measurable. Everything that will make both parties happy and protected. Freelancing should be pleasant and fair for both sides, and that’s totally something I’m going to aim for in 2018.

And now, here’s some of my successes in 2017

3Dtotal books

Got published in two new books

This year I had the great opportunity to work with 3Dtotal, on their two new books that got released this year. I contributed with two articles, one for each. The books turned out awesome, so pretty! I feel very honored and humbled to be among such great artists. Some of them already familiar, and a bunch who I just discovered.

  • Character Design Quarterly – Vol 2
    I wrote about my approach on how I would design a guilty dog. Had a blast working on it, especially when I researched videos of dogs doing naughty things. Gosh they’re so cute, it’s hard not to laugh.
  • Mythical Beasts
    Among all the beasts, I got the chance to do my interpretation of the werewolf. Showing a bit of my workflow. It was quite a challenge, yet lots of fun!

I’ve been teaching

This year I’ve been both talking, and mentoring. Really enjoyed it, and I hope to get more opportunities next year. Even though public speaking is not my strongest side, I still feel motivated to learn how to do good talks. Imagine how cool it would feel to get rid of that stage fright, and actually enjoy standing on a stage. I’m so happy I said yes when I got the offer.

One of my videos went somewhat viral

Suddenly, earlier this spring, my inbox started to get flooded with notifications. People started commenting like crazy on one of my videos. The one above to be exact. It had a couple of thousand views, then suddenly spiked up to 30k within a few hours. Today, as we speak, it got over 400k views and still counting. Whoah. Thank you so much. At the same time, it’s been so frustrating not having time to make new ones. I’m currently planning to producing videos again, so it’s good to know that many of you appreciate my tutorials and walk throughs :) Can’t wait until I can start uploading again.

Give a warm welcome to our new bunny

This little cutie moved in last summer. I’ve always had a soft spot for bunnies, as I had one as a kid. Been thinking about getting one again, so when I got asked if I wanted to adopt Pärlan(means “The Pearl” in Swedish), I couldn’t resist. And I haven’t regret it :) Now we have two cats and one bunny at home. She’s a free range bunny, and roams in the living room. I let her hop around as she pleases, and she comes to us by herself for cuddles. Zimba is jealous of course but they get along most of the time. He will always be my number one though, or else he’ll have a nervous breakdown or something ;D

From fulltime to part time

This was probably the best decision so far. Last spring I got an opportunity for a new job, where they let me work part time. Now I work 3 days a week there, and spend the rest of the time on freelancing or personal stuff. Working from home. This lifestyle fits a social introvert like me perfectly. Being both available and productive has always been a real challenge for me. How do people do it? There’s been a huge difference these past months in my workflow, thanks to space I’ve been given. I’m a lot happier and effective. Life is good. Hope this way of working gets normalized and socially accepted in the future, I think everyone can benefit from it long term.

Despite 2017 being so busy, I still feel that it’s has been a great one. I’ve grown even more as a person, and learned a lot. Here’s to 2018, I think it’s gonna be fun. Won’t aim too high though, as I barely fulfilled any of the goals I had for this year ;)

That was it, how has your 2017 been?



  1. Tej 30 December, 2017 at 04:44

    The image of Zimba chewing on the pen is awesome ? and your bunny reminds me of Agnes’s dialogue from Despicable Me – “it’s so fluffy!” ?

    Confused, lost, hurt, with a sliver of hope pretty much describes 2017 for me. I have been torn between getting a job and making my own projects. On top of that I had a shoulder tendon tear which halted my work for several months. I was happy that I got an IPad earlier this year and I’m excited about its possibilities.

    I’m hopeful that 2018 will be better. I hope to heal completely, take good care of my body, get better at art, and make an animation short. Let’s see how it goes ??

    And I hope you achieve everything you wish for in 2018. All the best ?

    1. Andrea 31 December, 2017 at 17:19

      Wow sounds like a tough 2017. Really wish that your shoulder heals fast, and that things will be more steady in 2018.
      Also hope to see your new creations on the iPad :) I’m really amazed by how much potential it has nowadays.

      Happy New Year!

  2. Jos 30 December, 2017 at 23:37

    I hope 2018 brings all of us some luck and some fresh starts!
    Working part time somewhere and also getting to work on art sounds like the dream situation for me and I kind of have that as a goal, in the future at least. I’m glad you’ve found yourself in a situation like that haha! I can relate to being a social introvert. Gotta work on my art for the rest of the school year though, good luck to all of us haha?

    1. Andrea 31 December, 2017 at 17:26

      Agreed :)

      It’s definitely a great combo, really hope that it gets normalized for artists in the future.

      Good luck with your school year! Do you have a blog or instagram that one could follow?

      Happy New Year!

      1. Jos 3 January, 2018 at 13:36

        Yes I have a bit of each but mostly active on instagram! My username is @thehalfdragons , and i just realized I could’ve written in swedish but oh well ?

  3. Christoffer 18 January, 2018 at 19:21

    My 2017 was so-so, to be honest, but I had a big personal win similar to yours – I went part-time!

    I still work four days a week at my regular job, but now I have a whole day a week where I can focus on my own projects. I agree with you, it’s been great so far!

    1. Andrea 19 January, 2018 at 10:34

      That’s awesome, congrats to the part-time! It’s definitely the best combo.


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