If there is one message I try to get through to students or anyone looking to become an illustrator, it's this: Just draw. Draw all the time. Draw to get excited, draw to get angry, draw to improve, draw to make mistakes. But for God's sake, just draw!
Renata Liwska's sketchbooks take the cake! Check out this really great video made by Mike Kerr.
A Quiet Look - How to become a children's book illustrator in one (not so easy) step from mike kerr on Vimeo.
Reminders like this are important for me to remember that important ingredient for creativity!