I am currently studying illustration in graduate school. I entered the school because I knew that I needed to do art for a living. But I wasn't quite sure what kind of art.
This semester I took a Children's Book Illustration class (you can see some of my homework here) and I believe that this is the fit for me, because I've always enjoyed art that tells stories. Furthermore, most children's book illustrators work from home, which I would like very much.
So, at my professor's urging, I am trying to get my career started now, even though I won't graduate for a year and a half. I designed a website to display my illustration work and my amazing brother-in-law Dusty put it all together for me. Just yesterday I ordered some business cards and postcards as well.
Taking these steps is kind of scary. Everyone says that children's book illustration is a very competitive field, and there are so many talented artists out there. But I believe that with talent, hard work, and maybe a little luck, I can make it. Talent I have. Hard work I can do. Luck I can only pray for.