I am back from New York!
(with a cold).
There is quite a contrast in airport security between England and the US. Here they tease Pippa for her odd socks when she has to take off her boots at the detector. Over there, you get your fingerprints scanned.
While in New York, I fed squirrels in Central Park with Tonje (one attempted to bite her...he seemed to like biting his friends though), walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, went to the top of the Empire State Building, went to Staten Island (...by mistake), Coney Island (...again, by mistake) had a really wonderful time.
I also met Charles Hively (publisher of the very good 3x3 magazine) and David Goldman (an agent).
I was quite lucky with Hively to get a very balanced review of my portfolio - he was very clear about the pieces he didn't like, ("I don't even know why this is in here") but he was also surprisingly positive about all of my most recent work, and said my illustration of Barack Obama "feels like Obama". He said in Germany, illustrators have a wider variety of styles in their portfolios, but in New York and England, art directors only like to see one style. (Which got me thinking about working in Germany...).
David Goldman is probably what everyone dreams their agent will be like, he was so funny and easy going and full of wisdom. Everyone came out of the meeting with him seeming really positive. He picked out one piece from my portfolio which was very different from the rest "where did this come from?" and suggested I take that direction. Fig Taylor said of the same piece that I could either develop that style or cut it out completely, so now I'm thinking it would be wise to work at it and divide my portfolio into two styles.