When not drawing cuddly creatures or pesky kids, I spend my time thrashing out some editorial illustrations for a number of publications.
The approach couldn't be more different from illustrating books for children, the main factor being time. Or more specifically, the race against it. With a picture book for example it could be a long period of fermentation, brewing up ideas and turning them into visuals. A nice leisurely stroll if you will(most of the time).
Now editorials, well, it can be a mad dash and it's you that's running it. A quick unexpected phone call or email, and it's away you go, with a tight deadline of a few days. Or even be hours.
But sometimes I like that, within no time and unsure how exactly you did it you've bashed out a new illustration that meets the needs of the client. The quick turnaround can be a thrill, and the subject matter can vary wildly. You just don't know what the topic is going to be.
And while I'll always like my little casual strolls, every now and again you can't beat a good race against the clock.