How did you get started in the illustration field?

I drew and drew and drew. Eventually I had such a lot of material that showing prospective employers what I could do was fairly easy. Then I got lucky… I met the right guy (Bob Sessions at Penguin Books Australia) at the right time (the publishing business was in great shape) with the right idea (he suggested I do something Australian – I went home and wrote Gooligulch). Then I worked very hard – which wasn’t that hard really because I loved what I was doing – I got my first publishing deal, and it just went from there.