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Work Archetypes

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Working alone can be scary. It’s easy to get discouraged and the more time I spend by myself, the more brittle my self image becomes. Luckily I don’t have to do it all alone, thank goodness for messenger. Using instant message, I can chat with my BFF and accountability partner. We’ll talk through ideas, schedules and challenges together. We check… Read more »

What’s the Big Idea

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“Like a flame came the fox through the forest” A while back, I was watching a classic episode of Sesame Street and this cartoon short came on. It was one of those classic right place in the right time moments, because that one line struck a chord with me. It was so evocative, and I could see this fox running… Read more »

Five Favorite Books 1-2 The Harper Hall Trilogy

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About the Setting The Pern novels are Science Fiction, or at least that’s where you’ll find them in the book store. Being born the same year that Star Wars came out, I’ve been a fan for my whole life, and I‘d always thought of myself as a lover of Science Fiction. As I look back on it though, the closest… Read more »

INKtober Day Fifteen – Ten-Thousand Hours

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“They” Say it takes ten-thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery of something. Ten. Thousand. Hours. It’s kind of mind boggling. By that metric, if you were to set aside ten hours a week to draw, you’d log five-hundred twenty hours a year. Every two years, would be one-thousand forty hours. At that rate, it would take you twenty years… Read more »

INKtober Day Fourteen – A Sketch Book Exercise

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Pull out a piece of paper and do a drawing of someone sitting and reading out of your head. What details did you add? Are they in a setting, or just floating in space? “I wouldn’t have put this detail in here if I was drawing this out of my head”, is one of the things that I think about… Read more »

INKtober Day Thirteen – Kids Don’t Know How Good They Have It

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I remember having a pretty huge collection of magazines when I was a kid. Not that kind of magazine, I’m talking about stacks of National Geographics, HOW, Modelers Resource, Star Log, Wizard, and Artist’s Magazine. I’d spend hours reading articles, looking at tiny, grainy pictures trying to figure out how they did it, and being inspired. NOW though. Now, we… Read more »

INKtober Day Twelve – What Do You Do With It?

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Sometimes, I think there must be a lot of people out there with nothing on the walls in their houses. Which seems weird to me, because I use framed artwork like some people use wallpaper. If there’s a blank spot, we need to find a picture to fill it with. A large portion of my income is from Art and… Read more »

INKtober Day Eleven – Staying Out of the Way

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I often have to remind myself that the dishes can wait a minute while I help my daughter draw a heart. I can wait to read that article, or write that blog post until I get the paints out for the girls to work on. I have to remind myself that sometimes my daily routine gets in the way of… Read more »

INKtober Day Ten – The Elves and the Shoemaker

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Do you remember the story The Elves and the Shoemaker? The story goes that a shoemaker would cut the leather for the next day’s shoes every night before bed. When he woke and went down to the shop in the morning, he’d find that the shoes would be mysteriously finished. He discovers that elves had been entering the shop in… Read more »

INKtober Day Nine – Like Drawing Birds in Flight

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“It’s scary not loving the job that everyone thinks we should love. It’s terrible waking up and feeling like what you love is a burden.” I wrote this on a post-it note sketch I did earlier this summer and has been a theme this year in both my personal and professional life. Doing the thing that I love most in… Read more »