Divyam’s comics diary

Recently, my arty morning pages seem to have morphed into night-time pages. I've been using Lynda Barry’s 4-minute diary. It's a wonderful way to keep a diary and is easy to squeeze in, even at the end of the busiest day. Here are the steps: List ten things you did List ten things you saw …

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 …

All the best warriors I know are on TV

O! To rest On a great wooden chair, Covered with sheepskin, And drink a cup of ale Between battles! * * * Something troubling you? Why not follow Lynda Barry's sage advice and draw a monster? That's what I did today and found it so much more satisfying to see my fears visualised and externalised …

How will I know?

One of the things I'm loving about art journaling is that you don't need to know where you're going when you start a page. In fact, it's often better not to know! This week I took a wonderful tutorial with Pam Garrison, guest artist of Season of Art 101 at Get Messy. We worked in …

Ways in to colour

After spending almost all of 2016 working in black and white, I decided it was time to play around with some colour. So I set off on my winter holiday with my little Koi Sakura sketch box of 12 watercolours, determined to give it a go. But the task was not so simple. I realised that …

The Queen of the Underworld cooks dinner

One of my favourites from Lynda Barry's Syllabus is the suggestion to draw yourself going about your day as Batman. I had a go at this some time ago and the cartoons still crack me up each time I look at them! Then I wondered: what other characters could be going about my day? The …

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 …

Chapter 1: The Cowgirl and the Golden Lasso

In which our heroine attempts to bale a barnful of hay, dances to the music of the fiddlers three, and is given a wondrous gift. The story continues tomorrow with Chapter 2: The Convention of the Birds! * * * I wrote this story for a dear friend, drawing on the experience of story-writing I had with …

The self-portraits of ‘Igor Stravinsky’

It's been two weeks since 'Writing the Unthinkable' with Lynda Barry. And what an incredible experience it was: 5 days in a room with the rockstar hero of my creative world! Writing, drawing, looking, listening, laughing, crying, and doing it all over again. On the train ride back down the Hudson the day the workshop ended, …

A little goes a long way

With a house move and renovation on the go, it has seemed lately like there is little time for creativity. Then I remembered the magic that is Lynda Barry's 4-minute diary. I spent some time over the winter practicing this every day and it has felt so good to return to it. Here's how it goes: Spend …