Now that I'm finished with my big project, it's time to start on something new. But what? Drum up more freelance illustration work? That would bring in money the fastest, and having money makes it easier to buy food, and I like to eat. Or should I spend my time pitching the 3 manuscripts I have? Or maybe do some more illustrations for those stories while I have some free time? Maybe I could actually do some writing? Really, it's not that hard of a decision– I need to do all of those things. I guess I really don't have any down-time after all! A writer/illustrator, like any self-employed person, has to focus on both, short-term projects and the long-term projects to keep the money flow working.
As promised many months ago, here's the painted version of the Adam sketch form my up-coming storybook. The book (manuscript and illustrations) was finished months before it was due. This is proof to me that God's hand is in this project because I was convinced there was no way I could get it all done in time.
It's planned release date is November 2014. Yes, it takes a long time to put out a children's book. Although the majority of the stories and art in this one were completed in the last 15 months, there are several stories that were started somewhere around 5 years ago.
Now I'm back at illustrating VeggieTales books and pitching my completed manuscripts to publishers and hopefully finding time and inspiration to write new ones.