Here are the rest of my 'favourite things'. The artist Aubrey Beardsley: using only the pen tool; and my favourite time of the year: using illustrator and photoshop.
I was ineffective with time management and have to admit these illustrations suffered from being rushed. I think good illustration requires time to be experimental and playful otherwise it becomes formulaic; and I definitely noticed that as the deadline veered closer, I resorted to shortcuts that didn't satisfy me in the same way it would have, had I given myself more time. Balancing the 'getting it done' with the breathing space to actually be creative is - I think - fundamental to illustration.