How did you transition from being an art director to a full-time freelance illustrator?
I went about the transition in an intentional way. For years, I spent weekends and evenings doing extra work. Eventually, I got a great opportunity to become an art director at Outside magazine, where I could freelance in the downtime of the magazine cycle. Then in 2009, I was one of the casualties of the recession. But by that point, because I had been working for a year and a half at Outside while doing heavy loads of freelance work, I could transition right into creating illustrations full time. I’ve been freelance illustrating full time for the past five years now.

How did you transition from being an art director to a full-time freelance illustrator?
I went about the transition in an intentional way. For years, I spent weekends and evenings doing extra work. Eventually, I got a great opportunity to become an art director at Outside magazine, where I could freelance in the downtime of the magazine cycle. Then in 2009, I was one of the casualties of the recession. But by that point, because I had been working for a year and a half…

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