Phew. After several months without any professional projects to keep me busy, I now find myself smack in the middle of two great but very different illustration jobs; one, a retelling of Red Riding Hood, the other an educational project on 13 famous Americans.
Going back and forth between the two is proving not only enjoyable but quite welcome stimulation. I work on one for a bit, then a bit on the other, which is keeping me well-paced and my attention span fully intact. I think it's rather ideal to have at least two projects at any given moment, assuming of course that the deadlines are manageable enough to keep your sanity. It's also great exercise for the brain to go between two types of creative tasks.
For the first time since leaving my job in June, I'm finally feeling purposeful again. Doing work for oneself has its positives, but I personally feel much more fulfilled when working for someone else, knowing the challenges (aka the needs of the assignment) and coming up with the solutions (aka the art) is what makes being an illustrator so fun to me. If I can keep myself going with a few great projects a year, I will be a very happy person indeed.