A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Bob Ostrom and Chris Wilson for their interview series “Answers for Freelancers” – now changing over to “Creative Independence”.  (Love both names!)

Anyway, before and after the interview I got to talking to both of them.  This post is a little more about Bob.


He’s pretty darn talented!  And has had some interesting jobs as well… here is an excerpt from his “about” page:

picture-2At the ripe old age of 25 I became a freelance illustrator.

I took a year or two to learn the ropes and then found myself an agent. I’d always dreamed of becoming a children’s book illustrator. Within 6 months I had my first title published and I was on my way. There are few thrills like seeing your art work on the shelf of your local book store and I was hooked. I spent the next 10 years working in licensed art. I was fortunate enough to work with many of the best; Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Warner Brothers just to name a few.  My artwork was being published all over the world and could been seen in books stores everywhere.

After a while I started to get itchy. I wanted to draw my own characters. I began looking around for way to get my stuff out there. I found a small software company in town and they asked me to come join them, I accepted. I started by designing characters for kids games, pretty soon I was storyboarding again and next thing you know I was promoted to lead artist/ art director of the concept department. The company was acquired by Vivendi Universal and we grew quite large. A couple years later and Vivendi’s CEO was in trouble, company stock plummeted and we were shut down.

I decided to go back to what I truly love. I found a new rep, sold my house and moved with my family down to North Carolina where I am freelancing today. Things have are going great. I have clients all over the world and am still just as thrilled to see my books on the shelves at my local bookstore.

Here’s the really interesting part for the artists out there – he has a tutorial that shows you his process. Want to see how he goes from idea to end result?  CLICK HERE and check it out!

There is so much talent out there and we can all follow the path to our definition of success if we are willing to put in the work and make it happen.  Way to go Bob!  So glad you found me on Twitter!

Here’s to your Creative Independence blog reader…

– Tara

P.S. To check out their site full of interviews about all types of freelance topics and how to go about claiming your own “Creative Independence” CLICK HERE.