A Messy Conversation

Today I had the great pleasure of being interviewed for Get Messy Art Journal by one of my favourite Messy Artists, the fabulous Misty Granade. We talked about my creative story so far, the things that inspire me to create, how there's no such thing as a beginner, and a whole lot more. Here is …

Art and colour open up my world

One of the things I love so much about being part of the Get Messy art community is the feeling of connection with artists all around the world. The forums are alive with conversation - about art tools and resources, what we're working on, and what we've got planned in our creative lives. There is …

Slowing down 

In December, everything seems to speed up in as if time is running out. Then, after Christmas, there is a pause. It can seem as though there's no movement – the stillpoint of winter.  All sorts of things can happen in a space where not much seems to be happening. All you need to do …

Dancing our way through a month of poetry

April is National Poetry Writing Month, AKA NaPoWriMo. Each April, people from all around the world set out to write a poem a day for 30 days. There is something wonderful about a creative challenge in which so many people from so many countries are involved. All that energy and focus; it's like being invited to a big …

Batman and me

Keeping a daily diary in the form of a comic strip has been a lot of fun. Sometimes, however, there are only so many ways to depict yourself eating cereal or doing the laundry. It was time for a new spin on things. The following variation comes from Lynda Barry's tumblr: For your daily diary this week you have  to …

No words allowed!

Recently, I've been keeping a daily diary inspired by exercises in Lynda Barry's Syllabus. One variation on the diary is a 4-panel silent comic showing yourself in scenes from the day. One way to get to know how four panels do the sorts of things they are able to do is to keep a silent daily diary strip …

The wonders of the daily diary

I have kept a diary almost every day since I was 11 years old. At the moment, as I'm doodling along with Lynda Barry, I decided to give her version of the daily diary a go. This starts with a simple 4-minute exercise, recording the things you did, saw, and heard during the day, followed …

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 …

Doodling along with Lynda Barry

Ever since I read What It Is, I've been a big fan of Lynda Barry's wild and wonderful approach to creativity. Recently, I've been exploring new ways of making comics using her latest book, Syllabus, as a guide. Syllabus is a collection of class notes from the courses Barry has taught at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. These are no ordinary …

Here we are in the Underworld (again)

My heroine has just descended into the Underworld. I shouldn't be surprised. All my stories, in one way or another, end up in the Underworld. It took me a while to figure this out. My first novel was going really well until I reached the point where my protagonist crossed over into the Other World. Once she …