REVIEW: Leuchtturm 1917 Sketchbook

leuchtturm 1917


I thought it was about time I reviewed the Leuchtturm 1917 sketchbook. This is where most of my ideas get developed, and it figures prominently in a lot of my posts.

Looking back on other sketch books I’ve used, I was mainly looking for something cheap, and not too large that I couldn’t easily carry it in a messenger bag. I did use larger sketchbooks for a time, but quickly realized they were unwieldy for transport.

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REVIEW: The Art and Flair of Mary Blair by John Canemaker

the art and flair of mary blair by john canemaker


When I got into lettering and illustration, I started compiling a list of other artists whose work I really admired. Miroslav Sasek (I wrote about him here) and Alain Gree come to mind.

Mary Blair came up quite often in the online forums. Her best known work would be the It’s a Small World ride at the Disney parks.

Ok. I know what you’re thinking. That’s the kiddie ride you bypass on your way to the Haunted Mansion. Or if you’re traveling with little ones, you go on because you HAVE to.

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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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Standing Desk: Not as weird as I thought.

standing desk


I’ve been battling with lower back issues for years, but in the summer of 2018 they became quite bad. I started to re-evaluate how I was working. I knew prolonged sitting isn’t good, and is stressful on the lower back. There are a myriad of studies on the dangers of prolonged sitting. As my chiropractor put it, “We’re meant to move.”

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How did 2018 measure up for me?

metal ruler


I’ve written a year (ok, 54 weeks) of consecutive, weekly blog posts. Here’s a look back on those things I thought went well, and those things I want to improve on.

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