Monday, March 24, 2008

A New Chapter

For the past few years, I have been existing in two worlds. By day, I was a creative director for a multi-media marketing company. By night (and weekends), I was a children’s book illustrator. I enjoyed wonderful successes in both arenas, but eventually, my part time illustrating grew into a full time commitment. So, this past month it was time to officially make the long-awaited transition out of a full time staff position and into full time freelance illustration.

I am very pleased that what began as a part time fulfillment of a dream has evolved into a full time career in which I can find fulfillment and use my talents. I believe that this opportunity to devote my energies more completely to my craft will afford me the time to explore techniques and perfect my craft – ultimately benefiting my clients.

I have also been able to take a part time job for enjoyment. I now work a few hours a week at my local library. This is such an excellent fit, as it allows me to stay in touch with the children of the community, and have access to hundreds of children’s books, both classic and newly released. Being surrounded by the works of such excellent writers and illustrators is encouraging and inspiring.

Currently, I am enjoying being able to take on more projects at a time. At this time, I am working on a magazine cover, Pirate School Book 8 artwork and an illustration for a medical advertisement, as well as some new promotional pieces!

Many thanks to everyone who has helped me reach this new chapter in life, especially to my ever-patient husband, who cooked and cleaned the house so that I could spend nights and weekends illustrating and pursuing my dream!


pat said...

I found your website on the discussion board so I thought I'd take a look...very nice work!
It's great that you can devote yourself fulltime to do what you want to do.
After thirty-five years of sign painting and graphics, I'm going to try to develop a new career as a writer/illustrator. The kids are grown and gone and my wife has a good job...I'm doing laundry and dishwashing and some cooking since I'm here all day at the house.
Anyway, good luck.

Jennifer Zivoin said...

Thank you! Good luck to you as well! I hope you are also able to have success in the publishing world!

Aja said...

I wish you the best of luck! You really seem to be approaching this intelligently! Keep us updated!


Sarina Renee said...

That is wonderful, JZ! I'm so excited for you! And super jealous too. ^_^

You'll have to share some of those tips and tricks of the trade your agent is whispering in your ear about portfolios. ^_~

Best of luck to you and Rome!

Cynthia Narcisi said...

Good luck and happy illustrating! Your art is wonderful!:)

Stacy Curtis said...

I just discovered your blog through the SCBWI discussion boards today. I'm a new member via winning the illustration contest in Feb.

I can't think of a better time to pop in and say CONGRATULATIONS!