What advice would you give a student entering into the field of illustration?

The Four Ps.

PASSION: you have to love what you do.

PERSPIRATION: you must be prepared to work hard to turn your ideas into reality.

PERSISTENCE: never give up; you will strike disappointments, keep going regardless.

PROVENANCE: sometimes you just need to be in the right place at the right time – be aware of these times and capitalise on them. Luck is part of the equation!