OK. So I wanted to share what I've been up to as of late. Since moving back to Minnesota (about 5 months ago) I've been fortunate enough to continue making a living as an artist. It's pretty fun too. The company I draw for now is called Embroidery Library and we sell embroidery designs over the internet. In a nut shell, we create the art work, digitize it and then sell it on our web site. Then customers can buy and download the designs to their sewing machines. The projects I work on range quite a bit so I posted some rough drawings, vector art and a few what the final product turns out like. After I create the vector art, the drawing is handed off to a digitizer who figures out how the design will be stitched out. What I really like about it is that there are different rolls with the job. Some days I'm an illustrator, others I'm more a designer and along with that there are design planning meetings where a group of us get together and brainstorm ideas.
In the short amount of time, this job has helped me grow as an illustrator and work faster in production. I've always liked to take my time and make things look really nice, and I still do, but that's not always a luxury and so you get good at cutting corners and still making good designs.
I'm really grateful to be apart of this team, to say the least. :)