In high school, I didn't belong to any of the cool cliques. I always had my nose buried in a book and was voted Most Studious as a result. And now as a grown-up, when I wait outside the school to pick up my daughters, I see that the other parents have formed little cliques of their own. I don't really feel comfortable in any of these cliques. I usually hang back by myself or sometimes glom onto another solitary mom. Sometimes I look at the cliques with envy. But then I remember that I'm a part of a wonderful international clique of artists and illustrators who are warm and welcoming. And that's the best clique of all.
I was inspired by Emily and Ces to put more detail into my work. Good golly, I don't have the patience or skill to put in as much amazing detail as they do, but I tried.