Is it just me, or is this year picking up speed towards the end?? Usually, winter feels so slow and quiet, but for some reason, my November was a blur! I have a lot of stuff coming up in December, and it feels like Christmas is just around the corner! But despite the craziness of… Read More Watercolor Sketches
I had a surreal moment this week: I scheduled all of the pages for chapter 1 of my comic*. All of the pages. They are drawn, inked, edited, lettered, and scheduled. There is no more work for me to do on chapter 1. I’ve been working on this comic for years. Originally, it was in… Read More I’m So Excited for New Territory!
I’m determined to raise the storytelling capacities in my sketches, and here are some of my specific goals!… Read More Good Sketching Habits
“It wouldn’t be so hard if you did it more often.” My mom has said this about laundry, cleaning my room, doing dishes, dusting and sweeping, mowing and raking, and exercise. Do it more often, and it gets easier. After writing about habit in a previous post, this bit of Mom Advice occurred to me,… Read More Best Mom Advice Ever
I’ve been thinking a lot about style lately, wondering what “style” even is. How do you find your own “style”? How do you deliberately cultivate it, when it’s something that’s supposed to grow naturally? In other words, how to make something happen without making it do something it shouldn’t? As an artist, I know Renoir had… Read More Style Is the Way We Say Pictures
Virtually all of us have a natural instinct for telling stories, and it comes out in day-to-day conversation. When your car breaks down and you’re telling your friends about it, you don’t simply say, “I ran out of gas this morning. But my mom picked me up, and nothing else really happened, so I’m fine.”… Read More The Case for Storytelling
Inspiration: the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something creative. Here’s my theory: Inspiration is the state of being when the desire to create something specific is greater than any apprehension of possible failure. Just wanting to create isn’t enough, because you can still be paralyzed by the blank canvas/page. Inspiration is just not… Read More Inspiring Inspiration Manually