As a picture-book illustrator
I signed up for the illustrating children’s books class with MATS again.
It’s the third time I’m doing it, the first time as a picture-book illustrator.
The first time I did it I had no idea what was required to be a picture-book illustrator. I did the five week course and kept working on my craft for a year.
The second time I did it I was on the verge of becoming a picture-book illustrator. I was pushing myself to my limits. It’s at your limits that the strength of a group helps you along.
Now I’m doing it while working at my dream job of being a picture-book illustrator. I’m doing it as training. To keep my ‘fitness’ up, and to try and get fitter. When you’re on the job, you’re working at the level of your training.
It’s in training that you grow. Through instruction. With humility and curiosity and struggle. In the presence of a group.