I mentioned this on twitter but I guess I should mention it here as well. Mrs. R, the 97 yr old woman I was caretaker to for 4 and a half years, passed Monday while a fellow caretaker/friend and I sat with her. Funeral was today, viewings were yesterday. She is greatly missed. She was a wonderful, feisty woman, and a huge encouragement to me. I (as well as most of the other caretakers) am at peace and have closure as we knew it was coming and I was there when it happened.
Good morning!!!! . #Instakid #sketch Inspired by @bookishandboheme . The original kind of reminded me of “Where the Wild Things Are”. Actually evening here and I am at work and needed something cheerful. . #art #sketchbook #drawing #child #bright #enthusiasm #joy #excitement #crown #toddlerstyle #child #toddler #ink #copicink #strathmore #tonedpaper #gellyroll #illustrator #artist #instart #kidlitart #childrensart #childrensillustration
However, this means I am without a steady full time job. I am currently focused on getting my art, illustration, and web design business’ really set up and moving forward as real jobs instead of just side gigs. I sold a painting today, I have 4 illustration projects in the works, including 4 book cover jobs, and several other projects on the back burner. So while I am not working full time I am working full time, but freelance. We are currently okay and are hoping that between me pushing forward with the work I have now and coming up and several website projects, some sewing and herbal remedy stuff I have on the side, combined with some extra freelance work Shamus is taking on and his Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/shamusyoung) we MIGHT be able to make this work. We are hopeful and nervous.
If you are interested in my art, I just updated my site (http://www.tinybookdragonart.com/) with pricing explanations as well as purchasing options as well as keeping up to date on my Facebook , Etsy, my Amazon page, Instagram, etc) so you can buy my stuff. Once I get Seriously Simple back up and running I will link to that. I will probably be selling the geeky skirts through the Nine Tailed Bunny page but possibly will keep them on my art Etsy. I haven’t decided yet. And once I update my illustration and webdesign pages I will share those as well.
Dana and Dragon make a mess. . Finished up #icecream #illustration for #danadreamedadragon . Only 3 #illustration left to do and done. . Things still super crazy busy at work. And at home. And researching for next Dog the Dragon book. (J Lasterday has it written, I just need to research before drawing because this one is historical – Lewis and Clark expedition and I want to get it accurate if possible.) . #art #illustratorsofinstagram #childrensbook #kidlitart #childrensillustration #markers #blickartmaterials #copicmarkers #copicink #dragon #naturalcurls #naturalhair
I do NOT expect friends to purchase my stuff to help us. However if you know someone who needs book covers, illustration, logos, or art I would love if you passed my site along. That is how I have gotten several of my illustration jobs. Someone knew someone who needed something I do. (And prayer always welcome. This is scary and big and new and well, we are taking turns panicking. :D)