Letter to Our Readers

Hello Dear Readers,

Once Upon a Sketch was created in order to share our knowledge of the children’s illustration market with you, our readers and listeners. We started out with four contributors and after six months we were down to two. Since then Wilson Wiliams Jr and I have been working on this site every week, creating posts about the children’s market and trying to share our knowledge and information with you. Wilson and I talked twice a week about the site, how we could improve both the site and ourselves as artists. It was great to have someone to cheer for you, telling you how much they liked your last post and things that you could have added to improve that article. We bounced ideas off of each other, gave each other advice, critiqued each other’s artwork and talked about the latest episode of whatever was on TV that week. It was a really great experience for me. It’s helped me grow so much as a freelancer, artist and as a person. Mostly just reminding me that there are other people out there experiencing the same thing I am, going through life with a pencil and paper always next to you. Sadly, all good things come to an end. Saturday morning, August 17, 2013, Wilson passed away. Wilson had not been feeling well for the last week or so and from the last conversation I had with him, he thought he had food poisoning. Even the day before he passed he sent out this tweet “#foodpoisoning is no joke! May be good for losing a few pounds though…” It’s amazing how life works, one week you’re talking with someone and the next they are gone. It was truly great to have known him. My only wish was that I had the chance to tell him myself.

So what does this mean for Once Upon a Sketch? That’s a good question. I’m not sure. There is so much of Wilson in this site, I’m not sure how to continue without him. For now the site is going on hiatus. Then I will start looking for another contributor/partner to help me run the site. Thank you all for your readership. It was amazing for both Wilson and I to check the Google analytics on the site and see the numbers continuing to grow. Wilson loved that the content we created was out there helping others. I will work hard to help continue this legacy the best I can.

He was one of a kind and will be missed. If you have any wishes or sentiments you would like to leave for Wilson’s family please leave them on his Facebook page.

Norm Grock