This is the archive of essays for artists which I send out to my newsletter every Sunday.
If you’re an artist like me, you’re probably constantly on the lookout for the perfect sketchbook. Each sketchbook has different properties. Which ones to choose?Read article.
Each October, there is a drawing challenge where you are invited to draw based on a daily prompt.Read article.
I tried out episodic stories online a few years back and decided to try that out on public domain stories. One story I tried it on was The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle—the story on which Jurassic part was later based. It is pretty interesting to read the story after seeing the movie. The filmmakers did lift a lot of ideas from the original story. But I digress.Read article.
One of the reasons some people are attracted to writing non-fiction is that it feels like it can be timeless. We’re all afraid of death, and all want to leave something behind in this world. We all want to become immortal.Read article.
I am experimenting with hand-written emails and blog posts. I haven’t seen anyone else try this even though email is so suitable for this!Read article.
Some years ago, I decided I wanted to try to make illustrations for stories. I posted on Twitter, asking the writing community if anyone would be interested in trying it out. I’d do it for free.Read article.
I just came back from a wonderful, superb—and therefore too short—holiday with great friends—hi, you-know-who-you-are!—in Normandy. I had taken several books with me with the plan to copy from them.Read article.
As you know, I have been trying my hand at making YouTube videos. One cool thing about it is that, when it comes to audience retention, the things you can do to make your video a success actually translate well to other things you make!Read article.
I often say that it is good practice to copy other artists. But isn’t that bad?Read article.
You need to set goals in life, but the thing is, which goal you choose doesn’t actually matter as much. This is because actually reaching a goal isn’t that much fun. I mean, it feels great for a short while, but then you feel empty inside and you’re rudderless, without direction. What to do now?Read article.