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Can you teach someone to find their (artistic) style?

One of the most asked questions in the illustration and visual arts world is “how to find your style”. When you’re starting out, that becomes huge once you realize that copying photos is not what being an artist is about. I’ve written about originality so much and it’s constantly in the back of my head. It’s a bit pathological in fact, so much, that when …

Conundrums of Art: which are yours?

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I’m currently reading a fantastic book: 33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton It’s a book that presents us with some of the world’s leading professional artists. This means, people who don’t even need to physically create their works but just imagine them and get their staff to make it for them. Strange when just one look at Instagram and we see so many artists …

We’re all reading the same book: Big Magic

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I’ve always enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert’s talks. She is a great public speaker and storyteller. Unfortunately I’m one of those people who didn’t like Eat, Pray, Love. I couldn’t finish it and I couldn’t finish the movie either. Why? It just wasn’t my taste. In fact, I’m not a big fan of memoirs. I love reading diaries though. Right after finishing Big Magic and just a few …

Everything you learn serves a purpose

Comic books are a new to me. Despite the fact I live in the home town of Drawn and Quarterly, I was never particularly attracted to this art form… until now. If I look in my notebooks I will regularly find small “comic book style” drawings that depict certain situations I couldn’t really write about. Either because too many words would destroy the intention and …

Desire is sparked by what we see

About three years ago, I was trying to set up a web design business. I had a full time job but it wasn’t very fulfilling. I was working on my website and I thought I had the look all worked out, I wanted an illustration-based design for my site. I didn’t want to use my picture, I wanted a drawing of me at the computer. …

Friday Illustration and great internet finds

I have started to draw a series of “Ladies”. After reviewing my year in sketch I realized that I love to draw faces but I couldn’t make them expressive. So I will make an illustration every Friday, I’ll explore different mediums and different ways to paint. The only rule is it must always start with pen or pencil. Today I made a quick sketch this morning. …

Blog inspiration

I got flowers for Valentine’s day. Normally we aren’t big on Valentine’s. But there is something very magical about getting flowers. A sign of appreciation that doesn’t go unnoticed. Plus, it’s winter, flowers in winter are so welcome. They inspire just by being there. There are few blogs that inspire me these days. You might say I’m nuts because if there is something in abundance today is …