Finding a style?

After 20 years of doing graphic design, and thinking that's where my success came from, it's hard to make a switch to illustration. Suddenly drawing and painting are what I enjoy, not text and photo placement, and page grids and logos. I guess all along I was doing "graphic illustration," but this new direction is different. It's loose and painterly and layered. It's been a long time since I've had to pull myself away from working because I am enjoying it so much.

Is it necessary to have "my own style" to find success as an illustrator? I think that's part of it. Reading Holli's year of articles on Creative Latitude Becoming An Illustrator has been the map that is guiding this process. But starting a blog, and redesigning my website, and experimenting with new processes is only the beginning. Now it's time to find the technique that expresses me and my view of the world. Wish me luck.

Here are two of the latest illustrations I've done in my hunt to find myself...

Illustration of my daughter, Rachel, playing her cello.

Whenever a dog is on TV and my Maltese, Pearl, is nearby, she always barks at "the dog in the box."

Please feel free to share your comments and suggestions.