****I ran the below blog on December 18th but had to pull it the same day after I found out that word had not been made official yet that I was approved by Lucasfilm. SO for the last 3 weeks I have been sweating it out, waiting for word. But it's official now. I'm in like flynn. I'm also doing 150 more cards than previously expected. Like Indy said, I finally found my "fotune and glory"*****
You know it always sucks when you are awakened by a doorbell and have to answer the door looking like crap. But when it rang, I just knew. I knew it was the Fed Ex guy. And while he's been round my door plenty of times before, THIS, was potentially the most important doorbell ring in my career.
So I darted over, bad breath and all, and there he was. Like a sparkling star he smiled and laughed at my stupid "I just woke up" joke, handed me my package and wished me a happy holiday.
I knew this box would make it so.
I walked into my kitchen with my seven year old daughter in tow. And like Ralphie in A Christmas Story, I tore through the fed ex box. My smile slowly grew larger as I read what was inside. The anticipation was building even in my daughter. She was anxious, like she too knew what was inside. So I began to hum outloud, that adventurous tune I'd heard in a theater and on DVD so many times. The tune that graces my cell phone anytime a call comes.
And just like that, I pulled out one of my blank Topps Indiana Jones Heritage Sketch Cards!!!!
Hailey and I were jumping up and down dancing in the kitchen. Our screams awoke even my three year old.
After almost two long grueling months of waiting, I was officially a Lucasfilm Ltd. approved artist.
I'll be drawing 156 Indy cards over the next month or so, and I couldn't be happier. Indiana Jones as a property is my Holy Grail. My childhood and heart lay within the universes of Indy and Star Wars, and now my artistic career gets to voyage there as well.
Lucasfilm Ltd approved artist.... Merry Christmas to me!