Charissa J Beukema

I am a woman of many trades. I like drawing. I like painting. I like writing. I like sculpting. I like photographing. I like designing.

I was told I spread myself too thin, that a jack of all trades is a master of none. But I refused to give up a single one. In defiance, I collected more interests: books, shows, movies, plays, games, music, history. It was not until I had amassed such a treasure pile I realized the glittering thread which held them together: story.

All my trades, all my interests, all my likes formed a volcanic passion for story. If you sliced me open you would find Ed Catmull’s famous words, “Story is king,” emblazoned on my heart.

Without story, even the most passionate projects are dead. I have no interest in lifeless works. I am dedicated to creating impact, emotion, and wonder—to changing lives and worlds.

So I will keep my trades, I will keep my interests, and I will use whatever means necessary to tell the best possible story.

Illustration is collaboration.

If you have comments, questions, or offers, I would be happy to hear from you! Please use the form below or the contact information provided and I will respond as soon as possible.

Illustration is a team effort, after all.

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