It took me a long time to understand this, but the day-to-day job of the artist is not ‘making art’, it is filling sketchbooks.
As Austin Kleon says, “filling my sketchbook” is a perfectly legitimate answer to the question “what are you working on right now?”
The sketchbook is a…
Why making art is a cosmological miracle.
When I was researching my sci-fi show Parallax back in 2017, I spent a lot of time learning about xenology.
Xenologists think about biology, chemistry, physics and so on as they might relate to alien species, and my own thinking was that if…
I filled five whole sketchbooks in 2020 — and my drawing ability has improved significantly. I even drew my first comic!
This is down, in many ways, to changing how I use my sketchbook.
Before I begin, I should say I am not a trained artist, just an enthusiastic amateur…
In my experience, a good idea almost never appears fully formed.
It’s more like a vast gas cloud in space: a feeling here, a colour there, a quote, a couple of chords that float past your nostrils and evaporate. …
I have thought about this advice, from designer Frank Chimero, a lot over the last year: once through, cleanly.
It’s very simple: when you are beginning a new project, create it in a format that means you can complete the idea in a single sitting.
If you are developing a…
How Jason Lutes masters visual storytelling.
On my desk sits a framed page of storyboards from Hayao Miyazaki’s film Spirited Away.
Spin the frame around and on the other side is a print from Scott McCloud’s graphic novel The Sculptor.
With minimal self-help fluff, he presents a tangible and usable process for building good habits and getting rid of bad ones.
The big revelation for me was Clear’s distinction between goals and systems.
Our outcome-orientated society cares…
A simple straight line that will elevate your visual storytelling
One day, when I was storyboarding a complicated film for The New York Times, I realised something about how visual stories function.
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