I love to see what other illustrators get up to in their working days so I am always reading a variety of illustration blog. It is really inspiring and motivational and a way of seeing new trends appearing. It can also help you see where there are gaps in your portfolio and spur on your creative juices with a new theme. As an freelance illustrator it can be so easy to get set in your ways and your work can become stagnant and even (gasp!) boring. There have been times when you do feel that you are churning out the same sketches so it is vital to remain fresh and excited to create the next illustration by pushing the boundaries and trying to improve. Inspiration not only appears in the form of blogs and social platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook Pages and Twitter but also the world around you. I am constantly looking through books, magazines, products in shops, art galleries and just observing people, architecture and nature.
I am really inspired by colour and pattern at the moment and have been sketching flowers and painting other elements that I can include in my work. Cute detail is my new motivation!
It is also vital not to compare yourself to others as it can fill you with self doubt. Every day you need to be proud of your own skills and successes and be inspired and motivated by fellow creatives' achievements. :-)
"Comparison is the thief of joy" - Theodore Roosevelt