It was a year of transition for sure. I began the year working part-time in a job that was mostly unrelated to writing and illustrating for kids (though it was in a school library, so it had books, with pictures, and kids). In return for a small but steady paycheck and the sense of stability that gives, I gave up time that would have been spent doing what I really love. Ehh, who needs stability? Life's a tightrope act.
Some things I accomplished this year:
Got a new rep.
Became accomplished in digital media.
Fell madly in love with ink and brush line work.
Am now able to produce work fast.
Wrote (and produced) a play for teens.
Wrote, revised, revised, revised a picture book.
My goals for this year:
Not to have to get a "real" job.
Diversify my client base (I'll do just about anything for money).
Sell a book.
Push my drawing style.
My survival philosophy these days is to throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. I'll be teaching some drawing classes this year as well as a few drama camps. I've got a few school visits scheduled for the spring. I've committed to open studio figure drawing with a friend at an arts community. I'll continue to rely on my fantastic writing group, The Goalies, to inspire and guide me (plus drag me through the rough bits). I'm still coaching my OM team and collaborating with a friend on plays for teens and tweens. I can't wait to see what sticks this year.
Wishing all of you walls covered in sticky stuff for the next decade!