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Back to school

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So what do you do when you feel stuck in your routine, a million ideas buzzing around your head but you are unable to channel your creativity into something productive? Exactly, you grab a batch of clay, form an innocent rabbit and prong it onto a chopstick. Under professional supervision, of course.

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Saint Martins School of Design offers a wide range of short courses during the Easter break, and I have the pleasure to take part in the four-day-long Children’s Book Illustration course this week. Held by the lovely April Wilson, every day is packed with lots of helpful advice, new ideas and a lot of inspiration.

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Although she is a successful and published children’s book illustrator and author, April is not the least bit patronising. There is no right or wrong, no good or bad. When she was at the very beginning of her career, she had two little children to look after and knows about the challenges this situation brings with it. I am trying to get as much advice from her on how to plan my projects and set goals as realistically as possible. She is an inspiration in herself and unbelievably generous when it comes to sharing all the little tricks and tips.

Big M has taken the week off to look after little L, who did not only turn one this week, but also fell terribly ill AND is teething AND is letting us have a little preview on what is to come next year. Terrible twos starting at one? Oh yes!

Do I miss my little darling during the day? Yes and no. It feels so good just to be myself again, work on my projects and being able to concentrate on one thing for more than three minutes without interruption – it almost makes me feel guilty. Almost.

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