Rose E Grier Evans – Columbia County Writer Illustrator

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Rose E Grier Evans is an award-winning published illustrator and writer. She was born into a military family and lived all over the world gaining perspective on people, places, things, and cultures. Rose has a passion for art and an eye for detail. She finds that no matter what, drawing and illustrating keep her grounded. Her illustrations are infused with light-hearted whimsy and wit coupled with an ability to clearly understand and put into the line, the words of her writers.

With over 20 books to her credit, Rose has mainly freelanced over her 40-year career on many projects from book illustration, mural painting, pencil sketch, multi-color t-shirt design, logo design, scale model scenes, pen and ink fine art, advertising and business visuals. Rose created an award-winning educational program using her and her daughters’ art as an illustrated journey to wellness from interpersonal violence for students’ k – adult education and elder abuse. Rose is married, has two children, and two grands.

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Interview Q/A

What type of illustrations do you do? For children’s books, magazines, advertisements, etc?
I do all/any illustration/graphic for all media JPEG PNG ETC.

How do you get clients for your illustrations? Do you advertise, is it strictly by word-of-mouth?
I am strictly word of mouth.

What do you like most about being an illustrator?
I love the diversity of subjects and writer personalities. I really find extracting the ideas in my writer’s head and hearing them say YES! Perfect-done-approved

What do you like the least?
I dislike being undervalued. Some drawings can take up to 40 hours or more from conception to fruition depending on the timely response from my writer. My charges are more than reasonable

What piece of advice would you give to a new illustrator on getting clients?

  • Do not undervalue yourself.
  • Watermark your work until it is paid for.
  • Get a clear understanding of what your client really wants. Spend time with them.
  • Do thumbnail sketches to completely work the ideas through.
  • Settle your terms upfront with a simple contract.
  • Do not accept work you KNOW you cannot do. You CANNOT make everyone happy and that is OK!

Illustrating is a labor-intensive process-I only take on one writer at a time. I do a zillion side jobs yet only one book job and I work fast. Regardless, you can only work as fast as your writer looks, approves and communicates.

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I am a retired medical office worker who sold everything, bought an old RV and began traveling around the state of Florida with her mother and youngest daughter. My mother has since passed and I work on my books, blogs and websites in the rural quiet of Suwannee County Florida.

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