James Foley, a Perth based illustrator, http://jamesfoley.com.au/ frequently gets requests from TAFE students. They always ask him what the work of a professional illustrator looks like. So he decided to write a blog-post about it http://jamesfoley.com.au/2015/03/04/how-to-survive-as-an-illustrator-advice-for-a-student/ . For James the thing that really started his career on the right track was joining SCBWI and learning about the industry from others who already had a degree of success. However the bulk of his income comes from doing talks and workshops. It took 6 years of having a day job before he could go full time with illustration. But that is only an appetiser, the blog-post has much more.
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