m wood pen



:of, relating to, or designed for sociability :of or relating to human society, the interaction of the individual and the group, or the welfare of human beings as members of society

At the risk of sounding ancient, I began my freelance illustration career with a telephone, drafting table, lamp, vintage Herman Miller chair, and a pen. I mailed clients typewritten invoices which my young children dropped into the corner mailbox for delivery. I still remember their thrill when our post office box revealed a check inside. (We always took turns with the key).

My earliest marketing wizardry involved penning a note by hand and shipping a box or two of notecards to every major magazine editor in chief in the country. When the replies came, via the mail, we’d thrill with another ‘gotcha’ in our quest for a feature in a magazine and new customers. I’ve saved all of those notes.

Eventually, an enormous desktop computer arrived, and then another. The business of running a creative business involved dial-up, a wifi doodad, an email address, a fax machine, a reliable printer, and a website.

Fast forward nearly 30 years and here we now are. Social is an intangible web as well as a tangible hand. The need to connect is as strong as it ever was, but the carrier pigeons have evolved from typewriter to a keyboard, paper to screen, ink to a pixel.

Keeping in the ‘cool mom’ category has propelled me to adapt to each modern revelation, and I credit my three kids for leading the way. They’d probably admit I’ve gone a bit crazy with my adoration of socializing via digital mechanizations, but for me, as long as my communique include sketches made with a pen and ink, I feel as though keeping one foot in the past and another in the present is where I belong.

Here is a portfolio of custom social media art that I’ve created for a brilliant client. To commission yours, drop me a line. I’m open for business.

*all art by m wood

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