Sharing what I've I've learned about lettering and illustration.

REVIEW: Keep Going by Austin Kleon

Keep Going Austin Kleon

 

The first book I saw by Austin Kleon was “Steal Like An Artist” in a shop at San Francisco airport. Aside from the intriguing headline, it was a friendly, non-intimidating book about unlocking your creativity. He’s also written “Show Your Work”, which talks about sharing your process. In “Keep Going”, the focus has more of a “Chicken Soup for the Soul” approach.

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When Does Research Become Procrastination?

research and procrastination

 

I recently did a webinar on social media marketing. It had some compelling stuff, and I was furiously writing down notes. As it concluded, we got the obligatory “Sign up now for a limited time discount on our program”. I was pretty damn close to hitting that buy button, but I asked myself—when does research become procrastination? I’m sure I would have gotten some good insights, but it felt like a cop-out.

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Illustration Step-By-Step: Cow Abducted By UFO

ufo cow illustration

 

I figured it was about time for another Step-By-Step Illustration post.

I always look for an excuse to do an alien or space themed piece. At the time of this writing, my home page has four alien themed pieces. There’s always room for one more.

Like my other work, it’s light hearted and whimsical. I’m sure that’s not the case for the poor cow (if you believe that sort of thing).

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Stop being a perfectionist

I’ll admit it’s hard for me to stop being a perfectionist. I recently finished painting the interior of our home. That meant a lot of spot-fixes for dents and holes. Most were pretty obvious. It was the smaller ones that I got hung up on. I found myself fixing ever smaller imperfections. It got to a point where I turned off the lights and shone a flashlight sideways onto the wall to spot them all.

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