In another life, I was a team leader at a technology company. We were developing a new geographical mapping dataset, and we hired a young student who had an affinity with maps to look over them to find out if there were mistakes in them.
In the first weeks, he’d find around eight mistakes a day! And these were severe mistakes. He’d walk up to my desk, a big smile on his face because he’d found a stupid error in our data again.More
Caravaggio lived before and was an inspiration to Rembrandt. He made these still-life paintings of fruit, giving each a different texture to brag about his skills.
One day, he broke part of a wall and ceiling in his apartment to get the perfect light from above on his still life, for which he naturally got in trouble with his landlord.More
For the longest time, I got nervous when I hadn’t drawn for a day because I thought I had to draw every day.More
The topic for today: you shouldn’t make art just for social media. Social media, if you let it, will just gobble up all of your time.More
I find that there are five skill levels, and for any single skill, you are somewhere on that scale.More
He found out the anatomy books were wrong!More
Cézanne made a painting once where you saw a fruit bowl. The thing with fruit bowls, though, is that they tend to be symmetrical, and in his painting, the fruit bowl wasn’t symmetrical at all.
It’s not that he couldn’t paint symmetric fruit bowls; he had proper training at an art academy. He was perfectly capable of painting a perfectly symmetric fruit bowl.More
I soon figured out that it wasn’t for me. To be an editorial cartoonist, you have to make yourself angry every day, and I am just not like that.More
Then, one year, I decided to choose a “motto for the year,” which was “Do Not Overthink It.” And it helped immensely. Each time I had a new idea, as soon as I started to pile on new parts, I saw the motto at the top of my to-do list, and I managed to stop myself from doing so.More
And it is great fun to fill sketchbooks. But! What you miss if you don’t create finished pieces is that rush of endorphins when you finish and publish something.
I think it is like playing computer games: you play a level, and you enjoy the process of going through the level. But when you reach the end of the level, that’s it. First, you are elated, but then you feel restless, directionless. What to do next? And oh, of course, the computer game has the next level for you: one that is slightly more difficult and more fun. And you dive into that next level.More
In her remarkable book ‘Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain,’ Betty Edwards explains how you should shut out words from your mind while drawing.
Those words are from that know-it-all part of your brain that is constantly talking loud. If you shut that down and create perfect silence in your head, your silent, creative part of your brain starts to tell you things.
It is very subtle.More
What Pen Do You Use?
If you watch Kim Jung Gi’s YouTube channels, you can sometimes hear the exasperation in his voice when yet another person asks what pen he uses.
I still take it as a compliment when someone asks me which pen I used. I mean, it is an insult; it implies that yes, my drawing is nice, but surely that’s because of the pen!
Do Not Do This!
I’m noticing this surprising thing as I am starting my YouTube channel: other creators comment on my videos in a way that makes it clear that they watched my videos, liked my videos, subscribed to my channel.
And now they would like me to reciprocate and follow back their channel and to also watch and like their videos.
The so-called follow-for-follow strategy.More
What is the single worst advice you have ever seen when it comes to making art?
For me, it’s from the book “The War of Art.” I literally could not finish the book, so disgusted was I with the premise.More