Q: I want to become a writer or illustrator, how do I get started?
The road of an author and or illustrator is a long and lonely one filled with real and imagined challenges. But if you’re dead-set on fulfilling your dreams then you’re in luck! We live in a time where anyone with heart, determination and a lot of elbow grease can achieve their dreams.
If you want to be an author or illustrator then get started on it — now! But if you want to be in children’s genre then I highly recommend joining the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators group. By joining SCBWI you will learn the ins and outs of the industry, how to get an agent, how to query publishers and many others.
There’s probably a local SCBWI group in your area! I suggest you talk to the members and find out if they can help you.
There are also non-traditional avenues of publishing that I encourage you to look into. Some of these include crowd-funding publishing and print on demand publishing. You should do your research and find out if these are the right fit for your needs.
Now go and get em!
Q: Will you illustrate my book?
Although I am always busy working on my personal projects, I will on rare and special occasions work on other projects. If your project is in the same twisted and tantalizing vein that I’ve worked on in the past then I encourage you to go to the contact page and submit your inquiry to my agent and we can go from there. Unfortunately, I will not be able to review or read manuscripts as they take a good amount of time and commitment.
Q: What is your illustration process?
I work in the combination of traditional and digital media. You can watch some of my time-lapse drawing videos on youtube.
Q: How did you get started?
I’ve always had a passion for story-telling since I was a youngling (Star Wars reference). But when I got older, I went a different direction and pursued a career in computers and programming. After being digitized out, I had to find a creative outlet and went back to my original love for stories. I went on to make some movies, learned traditional photography and eventually writing and illustrating books and comics.
Having no formal art training, I had to study and teach myself a lot on how things are done. I am still learning and enjoying this adventure. So if I can do it, then you can do it too!