Why I want to be a Children’s Book Illustrator
Hello and welcome to my blog! I thought I would introduce myself to new readers and share why I want to be a Children’s Book Illustrator and Author.
Since I was a little girl, I have been writing and drawing children’s picture books. From “The Powerful Pumpkin” aka the superhero pumpkin who saved baby vegetables from sugary treats I wrote when I was 6, to the story of the last dragon who lived in an oak tree and made friends with knights instead of fighting them I wrote in middle school, I have always loved both writing and drawing!
However, life seemed to get in the way of my childhood dreams, and my ambitions of becoming a children’s book illustrator became just that…a dream.
But like many people, 2020 was a year of a lot of soul searching and finding out what really matters in life. I realised that my childhood dreams could become reality if I really focused on manifesting them. I started research how to be a children’s book illustrator guides, became a SCBWI member, joined a weekly critique group and even started my own book club. I also tried (and failed) to self-publish my first ABC children’s book. I bit off far more than I could chew and set unrealistic deadlines for myself, but hey! I learned something invaluable – that failing is a part of the journey!
I am very excited to start my journey as a Children’s Book Illustrator, starting with the CYA conference this weekend. I have been wanting to join this conference for years and finally invested in this for myself! So wish me good luck, and I will try to share my review of the children’s book conference once it’s finished!
Thank you for reading!
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Lauren Metzler is an illustrator and comic artist. Originally from Oregon, she spent her childhood hiking the forests and waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest and now resides in Sydney, Australia. When she’s not drawing, you can usually find her playing Dnd or reading fantasy novels with her kitty Luna.