After 30-ish days of Adam's Notes
I’ve been writing this newsletter daily for a month.
225 of you get the Newsletter, a little more than half of you open each one.
Many of you have told me that you enjoy it and are inspired by it. Some of you have even bought me coffee! Thank you!
I’m going to use today’s letter for introductions. I’ll go first, then you can hit ‘Reply’, to introduce yourself personally, or leave a comment to introduce yourself to everybody. I suspect some of you already know each other too :)
Hi, I’m Adam
I make energetic and witty illustrations with a comic sensibility. Over the past year, I’ve been building an illustration portfolio for getting work in the children’s publishing market.
I write a letter daily as an algorithm-free place to connect with you and tell you about my approach and journey to becoming a ‘full-time’ illustrator. I’m writing it for the 20-year-old version of myself who graduated art school without a clue what to do with my ‘gifts’.
For the 20 years since being out of art school, I have spent a decade freelancing (most of it while holding a day job), and another decade as an entrepreneur. I also share in this newsletter the bits that are applicable and have shaped my illustration practice.
One day, I plan to charge for this newsletter but that’s still a long way away. I imagine a future where my work will be to write something every day to inform, inspire, and motivate you. Then spend the rest of the day working on interesting illustration projects. (I’m pretty much doing all of the above right now but I’m holding off charging until I grow the readership of to 5000-10000). I’m patient.
I’m currently working on a picture book and a middle-grade non-fiction book with a US and UK publisher respectively. I’m also contracted to supply illustrations to a Silicon Valley tech company. All of this is a collective dream coming true.
As a person of faith, I am thankful to God for his guidance in all of this and even in how He has, (in my view) engineer the circumstances and timing of events. My faith is also a source of strength amidst rejection and setbacks.
I am very early on this journey. And I never want to come across as anything else other than an eager journeyman sharing my experiences, and the things I notice along the way in hope that it may help you along your own exciting journey.
In a sense, this is a competitive industry, it is a dream job of many to be able to spend their days drawing. But it also feels like it’s not competitive at all because every artist offers something completely unique so in that sense there is no competition. It’s that second sense that allows me to share freely.
Thank you for sharing in this journey you are a great support and encouragement!
Okay enough about me, please tell me about you.