Wow! It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since I started illustrating full-time. When I first started out, I had no idea how long this journey was going to last or if I’d even be able to make it as a full-time artist. All I knew was that I felt God was calling me away from my previous job and that illustrating was something I was interested in but really had no experience (or skill) in at the time. But I figured then that I’d just take it one day at a time, one job at a time, until I felt called elsewhere. So far, I’ve felt like this is where I’m supposed to be. Jobs always seem to line up perfectly, and I haven’t gone a week without work since this crazy ride started.
My work space in it’s usual state of disorder.
Over these past two years God has blessed me with the right amount of work right when I’ve needed it. Whenever I start to feel like all of my projects are coming to an end, and that I’ll have to start looking for more work elsewhere, new projects seem to fall right into my lap. I haven’t had to actively look for jobs now for several months, which is amazing! I’ve gotten to work with some pretty awesome and understanding people who’ve helped me learn and grow a lot, which is good because when I first started out I really had no idea what I was doing. I still don’t know what I’m doing all of the time, but I’m getting there. I even have business cards now! (I think that makes me official. lol)
It’s been a crazy two years of growing, learning and working. I’m excited to see where God will take me in the coming years and extremely thankful to be able to do what I love nearly every day. As of today, I have now illustrated twenty books (some are not printed yet) and had the opportunity to work with some pretty incredible authors who share the same values I do. (I’ve even had the opportunity to meet one of the authors a couple of times, which was pretty awesome).
I can’t really say that illustrating was a dream of mine growing up, but it has been a dream of mine for the past few years and whenever I realize that I’m actually living that dream, I can’t help thinking of a particular country song…
But to give you guys a quick update of what I’m working on now, I’m currently working on the second book of the Cave of Healing series by William Haponski and getting ready to start on book four of the Officer Jack series by James Burd Brewster. I’ve really enjoyed working on both of these series and look forward to really getting into them.
Can’t wait for you guys to see them!
These girls are pretty excited about their new book as well.
Dreaming Big and Following God