Most artists try to start building passive income early on in their business. I mean, it’s smart, for sure. And I recommend that my students find passive income sources to balance their freelance efforts. Y’all know I love creative businesses with multiple income sources! But here’s where I think it goes off the rails, the […]


If you’ve been in the vicinity of creative business for any amount of time at least 47 people have mentioned that you really need an email list (or a newsletter, different word for the same thing). You know you should have one. I know you should have one. But who has time to add another […]


Let’s be dramatic and say that the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, along with Procreate, changed the way people make digital art. Not only that, it made digital art much more accessible. These days you just need an Apple Pencil-compatible iPad and you can start creating art right away! That’s pretty amazing. But can you […]


You know that thing where you set goals for the new year and then by February nothing feels new and shiny anymore, including those goals you set 30 days ago? Yeah, let’s talk about that. Let’s talk about how those big illustration career goals feel so doable and exciting in January. Then by February, they […]


If you’re a self-taught artist and you’re struggling with figuring out how to bridge the gaping chasm between what you want to create and how the heck to create it, this post is for you. Because you know I’ve been there too. Other than doodling in the margins of my notebooks as a kid, I […]


About 3 years ago, I worked myself into a creative burnout that lasted for almost four months. I didn’t just feel exhausted and ill, I felt like every last drop of creativity was just gone. I got there by being a person who just enjoys being busy and by being a person who sucks at […]


Maybe because in our minds we’re creatives first and freelancers second, many of us don’t start out treating our illustration careers like a business.  We don’t have a plan—other than being happy that anyone wants to hire us for anything—and we certainly don’t have financial goals—other than being thrilled to pay our mortgage and have […]


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What began with a few cute bird drawings blossomed into a thriving illustration business working on children's books, greeting cards, puzzles, and other products. 

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