Lynda Barry on drawing as a message

Sometimes you freak out about your drawing ability. But what if you consider your drawing as a message from a part of you you don’t know much about? Some part of you that is still trying to communicate in spite of being hated. There are so many ways of drawing, styles of drawing, ways of …

Austin Kleon on having several passions

If you have two or three real passions, don't feel like you have to pick and choose between them. Don't discard. Keep all your passions in your life. This is something I learned from the playwright Steven Tomlinson. Tomlinson suggests that if you love different things, you just keep spending time with them. "Let them …

Tim Girvin on scribbling dreams and inspirations

My sense of the scribbling extends from the idea of reaching into the psyche, letting the lines unfurl in the manner of elastic gestures of opening — to the more long term and meditative examination. That might be in the personal script of your making — the secret code of you. The journal — that …

Danny Gregory on “the reason why I draw”

"My drawings began as a way to count my blessings. To study, capture, catalog the things that, despite it all, make my life rich. First, my immediate surroundings: The sun that falls on my notepad. Jack’s new paintings on the fridge. The slow tumble of a dust bunny under the dining table. I try to …

Danny Gregory on making creativity a habit

"My advice: keep making and stop critiquing. Don’t ask others’ opinions before you are at a solid solution. And think about how what you are doing matters to the world in some way, how your creativity solves problems or brings joy. Get out of your head and your own concerns and see how you can …