20-ish years ago, I graduated with a fine art degree and became an art teacher, but now (for reasons I don't particularly want to go into here), I no longer wish to teach. Ideally, I would like to break into the illustration profession, but don't know how realistic this is.
I realise that, first and foremost, it is necessary to build a portfolio, but beyond this, things get rather vague. I have read various articles on the subject, and most tend to say something along the lines of what Emma Block says here:
There is no standard career path to becoming an illustrator. To be honest, it's a bit of a weird career ... I can't tell you how to become a successful freelance illustrator, but I can tell you what I've learnt so far.
Needless to say, there are many questions left unaswered, the most crucial of all being, is it worth it? I realise that only I can answer this, but I would like to be a little better informed before I make my decision.
There are some branches of illustration that don't interest me (infographics, technical drawing, etc.). I lean more towards children's / book / editorial illustration. However, the publishing industry has clearly been in decline since the digital revolution, and will continue to be. How has that affected these areas of illustration in terms of competition / career sustainability? Comparatively, how competitive is this field?