Welcome to my little corner of the web.
Or, well, maybe it's best described as my various nooks and crannies of the web.
My name is Jennifer Walker, and I have a thing for monkeys.
In fact, I call myself the Queen of the Helper Monkeys--not because I suffer from delusions of grandeur, but because I disliked the term "minion"; Helper Monkeys just sound more fun.
And, really, monkeys are curious creatures, very agile when jumping between tree limbs or vines, just like me with my many interests and endeavors.
My love of learning has led me down many paths over the years. While I currently spend my days as a bookkeeper for a commercial printing company in Tallahassee, FL, my evening and weekend pursuits allow me to flex my creative muscles.
An early interest in cake decorating led to enrolling in Culinary School and graduating in 2000 with a short stint as acting Pastry Chef for a AAA 4-diamond Plantation Resort in South Georgia.
Unfortunately, that couldn't pay the bills so I went back to bookkeeping and turned to art as my primary outlet. While taking a couple of courses at the local community college (figure drawing and watercolor) I fell in love with webcomics and decided to try it out. The love affair has lasted 5 years and is still going strong.
Combining comics and food (and my more-recent love of cocktails) led to the creation of the original Character Cocktail and my soon-to-be-released comic book cookbook: What to Feed Your Raiding Party.
Around the same time as the webcomics began, I took a position writing How Tos for a certain helpful website as their Arts (& Crafts) "Expert." Learning is one thing, being able to share that knowledge and experience with others is a whole new level of enjoyment for me. My time writing-for-hire is over but it just means I have more time for my own projects and blogs.
But as much as I love working on my own projects, I've found collaboration with others to be a creative kick-in-the-pants, too. In 2011 I started accepting freelance illustration clients, creating mascots and illustrating concepts for creative small business owners.
And then there's my etsy shop--I think it's some sort of Internet rule that you have to have one, but really it gives me a space to share the various projects I still love but without which I might never find the floor of my studio again!