After using Freehand for so long, Illustrator is really frustrating to use! So I'd come up with a list of things that were bugging me, and enrolled for a night class at Natcoll. I felt so sorry for the tutor Claire, as she thought that she was teaching an Introduction to Illustrator, but everyone that is on the course are either full time designers or Mac operators! So she was a bit thrown and ditched her lesson plan for a quick overview of the tools in Illustrator. She did such a good job of it that all of my questions that I'd saved up were answered in one night!!
As expected, there were not the most beautiful results after the first night, but everything we did was really valuable. And one little personal victory - I drew a (purple) page with a curl *yay!*