Today is the day! I’ve been dreaming of becoming a picture book illustrator since I was a little kid, and my first picture book is officially out into the world. Pick up Not So Scary Jerry by Shelley Kinder, illustrated by me, at Clear Fork Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or ask your local bookstore and library to carry it. I can’t wait for everyone to get to know Jerry, his boy, and pug!
Welcome November! I’m so glad you are here. And thanks to you dear friends who still check this blog occasionally. My absence will not be felt any longer. But I’m about to shake things up and change it all around. (Officially) starting this month, I’m no longer a graphic designer, but a full-time illustrator working for myself! Woohoo! If you’ve known me for long, you’ve known this was always my (and our) hope. A couple months ago we decided it was time to give it a go. I’m not going to lie, I’m scared to death. The past few months have been different, shaky, and full with unexpected things. But I’m also very excited to try my hand at this, literally. (Sorry, it was begging for a joke.)
So, here’s what is coming up:
1. The blog will be getting a new header (hopefully this week), and will definitely be getting a new focus. My goal is to blog at least once a week, but hopefully once a day during the typical work week. The once a day thing is going to have to be felt out as I’m determined that each post should from now on contain some form of an illustration, done by me or perhaps an inspiration piece I discover.
2. As mentioned above, each post should include an illustration of some sort.
3. I’ll be doing themes most weeks for my own illustration challenges which will probably be quite apparent on the blog, so don’t get weirded out if there are a lot of posts about penguins one week and then umbrellas the next.
There are other tricks up my pencil smudged sleeves, but they are going to come in time. Perhaps that will make it more exciting. But I decided it was high time I break the silence and give myself some blog-public goals for where this old friend is headed. Things to look out for in the future, and if you feel so led, to encourage me about are:
• my new portfolio site
• an etsy store including items like calendars, custom portraits, random prints and more
• another blog with a focus on something I’m uber-passionate about
• my first official venture into children’s book illustration
Buckle your seat belt. I have no idea what kind of a ride this is going to be.
We’ve applied to adopt a dog. The last 5 days have been a bit of a roller coaster on my emotions. But my hopes are up.
And I love this ad. More than words.