Letters About Drawing

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114 / Ink and Inspiration

New drawings from my latest sketchbook and inspiring quotes from great artists to spark your creativity.


111 / Taking The Boat Out

The unexpected benefits of writing and drawing short stories and some advice from the masters.


105 / Noticing What You Notice

Trusting that something is interesting simply because you find it interesting…a radical act of self-love.


098 / March 26th, 2013

I realised there was something that I really wanted to do…and then carried on doing other things — for eight years!


097 / Portrait Of A Year

I drew myself every week for a year - and now I see myself transformed.


095 / Fill More Sketchbooks!

A new year is a perfect time to start a new daily sketchbook habit. Here’s some more advice on how to make it work.


094 / How I Made a Comic Short Story

A step-by-step breakdown of making my four-page comic Negroni With A Twist - with lots of pictures!


092 / Another Story About The Universe

Big Magic is everywhere, if you know where to look. Plus a new film I’ve made is now out!


089 / The Professional Beginner

As we get older, it gets harder to be a beginner - but that is where the adventure lies!


085 / Storytelling Panel By Panel

The third and final guest letter, with some useful advice on plotting out the panels of a comic.


083 / Get Better Faster

The first in a short series of guest letters from Third Something readers, sharing their own ideas about creativity and visual storytelling.


076 / Miles And Miles Of Squares

A fun warm-up exercise for your sketchbook that improves your technical skills at the same time.


072 / Maybe It Is Not What You Achieve, But Who You Inspire

Apparently seeing inside my sketchbook has inspired lots of you start drawing again - and that’s wonderful!


071 / The Lockdown Diaries

I’ve been keeping a visual journal during lockdown and I’ve learned to pay attention to the little things.


067 / The Sketchbook Problem

Sketchbooks are supposed to be a place for creative freedom. But rarely feel like that. A very long post with lots of pictures!


062 / Spirals

I’ve just finished my first sketchbook of the year! Here are some things I’ve learned.


060 / Stormy Weather

A short comic about weathering my own personal storms this month.


059 / Ink And Gifts

Your hand-painted postcards are on their way! Here’s a step-by-step process of how I made them.


058 / A Kind of Aliveness I Live For

A crucial distinction for all artists - you don’t think in order to draw, you draw in order to think.


054 / Rock, Chalk and Ink

You share your advice on keeping a daily sketchbook practice and I try to do some simple drawing exercises.


053 / Fill Sketchbooks!

My plan for 2020 is to fill as many sketchbooks as I can, starting with filling pages of collage. Plus some advice on keeping a sketchbook.


052 / End of Season Finale

I have published a newsletter a week for a whole year! But what next? Plus an update on my postcards project.


050 / Ink and Card

I’ve just come up with an idea for an exciting project and I want to tell you all about it!


043 / Hobbies Update

I’m nervous about this letter - I’m letting you see my first attempts at drawing real life models.


032 / Hobbies

How I have denied myself a hobby for most of my life - until this summer.


026 / Your Questions, Answered

A Q&A session with Third Something Readers - I answer questions about filmmaking and my creative process.


022 / Looking and Seeing

Here’s a useful exercise in using drawing as a form of meditation and awareness. Try it out!