Above is a quick sketch I did of a lady doing a crossword puzzle on the Subway train on my way to Union Square in NYC. I just got back from an epic weekend in the Big Apple. It’s easily so far one of the best times I’ve ever had there to date. Reflecting on all of the events of this weekend I have come to realize why I love being an illustrator. I have never been more proud to be apart of something as I am after a few days of talking with many of my peers. It really fills my heart to know that I am in an industry filled, not only with many talented individuals, but many, many wonderful human beings. I have always been a person who values people who are genuine and real and I didn’t think I’d find myself hanging out with so many great people from all over world. I am lucky to be apart of a group called Illustration Confidential. I was fortunate to be able to spend a long day with part of this group and I discovered that these people are just as kind and passionate as they are online when connecting with them. The first night I arrived I was invited to hang out with a group of illustrators that got together at a really swanky bar in Grand Central. All the people I met are so incredibly nice and kind. It’s always fascinated me to be apart of an industry that although it is really competitive, it’s also incredibly supportive and encouraging. I feel lucky to have the love and support of so many people in the field that I hope to continue for the rest of my life.
I won’t forget to acknowledge all the non-illustrators that I got to meet. This really is a business of relationships and relationship building. It really was so great to be able to meet the art directors that have been so great to work with in person and get to know them on a face to face level. I think I am going to do my best to pick up the phone more often and give some of them a call. I really love connecting with other human beings. It’s very important for me as a man to be able to feed off the energy of others. It’s great. Especially when they are people I admire, respect, and feel grateful to know. You are all my friends now.
The best part of this weekend was having my sister, brother-in-law and my wife surprise me by flying down for the last night I was there to hang out with me. I love being with my wife in NYC.
I end in thanking all of the people who opened my eyes to know ideas, who shared their feelings and poured their hearts out to me, who admires what I do, who gives me the time of day, who makes me laugh, who gave me advice, and keeps me real. You all know who you are…I hope.
I didn’t want to name any names because I don’t want to single anyone out and I’m sorry but i forgot some, but I will call out my rep Sari.
Just wanted to say thank you again for everything you have done for me and continue to do. Hard working and I am grateful. Always awesome to see you.
I get paid to draw pictures. My life really can’t get any better. Well unless I get a call for a New Yorker cover. One day.
Thank you illustrators, admin people, art directors, friends, and family for making this an epic weekend.