|This week's virtual studio, from left to right: Alice Tillotson Ratterree, Andrea Offermann, Erin O'Shea, Jen Betton Rogers, Lisa Anchin, Maple Lam|
Part of being a freelance illustrator involves long, lonely hours in the studio. There are times when we need private space to make things work, but there are also times when we felt abandoned by the world. Being a recluse for an extended period of time can really hinder the creative juices from flowing.
I am lucky to have a group of talented close friends who share the same thoughts. We all live in different parts of the world, but we would turn on the computer camera and have our virtual studio online. It's like back in college, when we had studio hours to work on our own projects, and friends were around you, working and chatting. We shared ideas; we shared thoughts; we shared process. It was fun and inspiring.
I guess we are living the Jetsons age!
PS: Google Hangout, if you are reading this, you can consider us on your next commercial: Google+ & how it helps the children's book illustrators.