I told you I was at the SCBWI 2012 Summer Conference in my last post. Well I learned a lot and met a lot of amazing people. So much, in fact, that I’ve started another blog to talk about it. Illustrate For Kids! If you are interested in an illustrative career in the children’s market, please follow it. I am a complete novice and will move forward until I am published (and then beyond). I will tell you what I do wrong, what I do right, how you can do it, and what I learned and my philosophies on it. Children are the future. I intend to do my best to make it a bright one.
I am at the 2012 SCBWI Summer Conference right now. It is amazing.
I’m passing out business cards so I want to say “hi!” to you and it was very nice to meet you. Sorry about the state of my site (as of this post). I’m starting all over so it needs work. Please see previous posts for more info and visit my gallery on flickr!
You can see what my old blog looked like at archive.org. Also, you can join in some illustration fun at my other blog, with hundreds of members, Monday Artday.
If you have my card then you have my number. Please feel free to text me! And friend me on Facebook (please mention SCBWI).
I’m feeling quite well now. Cancer is gone (for now). I spent all of 2010 fighting intestinal cancer. Two major operations and two really hard chemotherapy sessions (lots and lots of chemotherapy). I know it’s odd, but my strength comes from my own inner little girl. Perhaps it’s from my admiration of my own amazing daughter.
2012… I had another operation last month to remove a bit of my lung. It was about 90% certain it was cancer, from the previous cancer. It turned out to be a fungus. So, still recovering from the operation but, wow… still cancer-free!
So, I have a new lease on life and that is why I am able to, and even more inspired to, pursue my career in art and illustration again. So glad to be back.
The old blog, “Knack For Art,” got bulky, impossible to manage, pocked with spam and broken formatting. As much as I loved the history of it, the posts, and all of the wonderful comments, it was time to let it go. It just no longer represented me. So, here it is, the new blog, titled simply by my name, Mike R. Baker. I’m sorry if you’ve linked to any of my old posts – I tried to preserve it but it was just to corrupt from all the spam attacks I’ve suffered. I hope this new blog will be easier to manage. B)-