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02 May 2014

Networking with other Illustrators

As many of you are aware I am in my final year of an Illustration course. The end of the year is looming fast and I have committed to putting myself out there in preparation for hopefully finding some work soon.

Participating in the 52 Week Illustration Challenge is part of that commitment. I have met some wonderful illustrators in that group. As a whole the group is amazing and supportive and encouraging and friendly. I have been made to feel very welcome there. I am pleased to be able to consider some of the other participants as new friends.

Part of my networking goal was to actually seek advice on the Illustration industry from a couple of these wonderful people. I chose a few whom I admire, work in the children's book industry and whose style resonates with me.

Kayleen West was one of the people I contacted. Not only did she gladly offer to provide the information I was seeking but she posted it as a page on her blog for others to benefit from as well. She is a very kind hearted lovely woman and I am so thankful for her words her advice and wisdom.

Here is a link to her blog and the page she created. I hope you go over and have a read and look at all the other wonderful information she has available.  Kayleen West Q & A for Illustration students

Never underestimate the power of networking and just participating in social media and getting to know others in your industry.


  1. If you want to join paper, Paint, Paper Pencils & Pens please email me at and I will get you set up there. Thanks for your interest. Lynn

  2. I just stumbled upon this today Jacqui! Thank you for such beautiful words. I am very touched and so pleased I could encourage you hun x Kayleen