At the time, I was writing and illustrating my first picture book. In those days I just used paper and pencils. I didn't know anything about how to do ink and pen illustrations or paint with watercolors, let alone use a computer to clean up paintings and design the layout for a book. I just knew I had to document some of our family stories for posterity. I took heart and gained some courage to go forward from looking at those early drawings by Dr. Seuss.
So, after years of attending workshops, watching YouTube training videos, acquiring some technology tools, and practicing a lot, I can actually see how my illustrating skills have grown. Can't say that my books are ready for the market, but I know that I have a few grandchildren fans. (And that's the most important thing because these are family stories after all!)