When I was younger, I had a freelance job programming, and code had to be ‘compiled.’ It took three minutes, allowing me to think about what I wanted to do next. Then I got a much faster computer and compiling took thirty seconds. Suddenly, the compiler finished, and I hadn’t had time to think about what to do next!
I have this same feeling with social media gone. What should I draw now with all that extra free time?More
I noticed an interesting thing happening as we played.
The team captain directs the team; in this case, he gave feedback to fellow players, pointing out things they were doing wrong.
And then he proceeded to make the same mistakes!More
There is a drawing by a child in chapter five of the book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”. In it, his parents were standing in the center. He stood on one side of them, and on the other side stood his bigger sister. From his sister emanated a huge claw-like hand on a monstrously long and big arm that bent around the back of the parents and towards him while she also shows her sharp teeth.
That drawing said something about his relationship with his sister as he perceived it when he was making the drawing.More
A while back, I made book illustrations for a few self-published writers. It was great fun, and I learned a lot. I wrote about it here.
The trick was to read their book first, so I understood the tone of the story, and to ask questions after that. Which famous movie celebrity did their characters look like the most? What did they think things looked like?
I will be making drawings I am happy with, of course, but the goal is also to make drawings a customer is satisfied with. You need to find out what they see in their mind's eye. If what you produce doesn't come anywhere near that, they will be disappointed and won't use the art, which will be a gigantic waste of everyone's time.More
The rule I want to take a closer look at is the rule that you should avoid tangents.More
When my daughter was around two, I remember that she was drawing, and I decided to draw along with her. I took a color pencil, and I started to make lines on the same paper.More
Long ago, I worked at a software company where they had aggressive, ambitious product plannings.
They would end-of-life a version of a product and then ramp up production of the new version. The company made a lot of money every day. The thing about that was that you couldn't miss even a day. Each day you miss revenue, you will never get that back. So if I was one day late at delivering the software, the company lost a lot of money.More
People act surprised when I tell them that I don’t see myself as an artist.More
What went right, what went wrong, and what do you want to change for the coming week?More
This week, I will argue that you should consider doing many different things instead and not stick to doing one thing.More
The Case Against Using Link-trees.
You know link trees: Instagram, and many other platforms, allow you to have one link in your bio. But you do so much! You have a YouTube channel. An Etsy shop! A website! And more!!!
Which link should you put there?More
He instructed one half to produce one finished piece at the end of the period, and they had to make it as good as possible.
The other half was instructed just to make as much as they could.
The interesting result was that the group that produced many quick pieces ended up with better results!More
Well, this week, I shall explain why you should completely ignore everything I said in that last letter.
You choose which of the two is more applicable to you.
To start with, you don’t create good work if you don’t “feel” it.More
In this letter, I will argue that you should consider your audience, and in the following letter , I will argue the opposite.
Here’s the thing.
If you want to make money with your art, or if you are just out for admiration from an audience (and it is a good idea, to be honest about that, to know what drives you), you need to make something they need.
Why do people buy your work?More
I did that because, to be honest, each approach has its advantages and disadvantages. Which approach is best for you depends on what you want to achieve. And since I don’t know what you want, you should not trust my opinion.
All I can do that could be of value to you is lay out the advantages and disadvantages of each.
I want to split a topic into three for the next three weeks. I want you to think about it first, and then I will argue both sides like there is no tomorrow.
The issue at hand is: should you make things with an audience in mind, or should you make what pleases you?More