Earlier this year I received a dedicated copy of R.O. Blechman's Dear James: Letters to a Young Illustrator via an uncle of mine that is his neighbor in New York. I wrote him a thank you letter after reading it and found in my mail today an unexpected and enjoyable response from him. R.O. Blechman's book is an inspirational read, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys drawing, especially those who would like to get into an illustration career.