Letters About The Creative Process
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It’s one of the hardest questions to answer. Here are some exercises to help you to figure it out!
I’m thrilled to announce my debut short story collection is now on sale!
As the nights draw in, I’m learning the value of some intentional wintering.
How I use systems to power my creative work and be productive and fulfilled.
New drawings from my latest sketchbook and inspiring quotes from great artists to spark your creativity.
The unexpected benefits of writing and drawing short stories and some advice from the masters.
On creative bereavement and new beginnings - plus some important announcements about this newsletter.
A video every creative person should see about the future of the creator economy.
Spending time with Hayao Miyazaki has kickstarted my comics storytelling!
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.
A step-by-step breakdown of making my four-page comic Negroni With A Twist - with lots of pictures!
Big Magic is everywhere, if you know where to look. Plus a new film I’ve made is now out!
Some thoughts on creativity and work, plus an important announcement about the future of this newsletter.
As we get older, it gets harder to be a beginner - but that is where the adventure lies!
The third and final guest letter, with some useful advice on plotting out the panels of a comic.
Continuing a summer of guest letters, Jess shares a personal story from their career in the military.
The first in a short series of guest letters from Third Something readers, sharing their own ideas about creativity and visual storytelling.
I’ve finished three sketchbooks and I have learned a lot about building a sketchbook habit. This letter’s full of practical advice!
If making a piece of art is transformative for you, then it will be transformative for your audience.
A fun warm-up exercise for your sketchbook that improves your technical skills at the same time.
Why do I suddenly give up on something right when things seem on the verge of taking off?
Apparently seeing inside my sketchbook has inspired lots of you start drawing again - and that’s wonderful!
A good idea feels like a visitation and a chain reaction all at once!
I’ve lost too much time trying to study the craft instead of just getting my hands dirty and making mistakes.
Sketchbooks are supposed to be a place for creative freedom. But rarely feel like that. A very long post with lots of pictures!
I’ve just finished my first sketchbook of the year! Here are some things I’ve learned.
Some solid advice from designer Frank Chimero on how to make the most progress in the early stages of a project.
Your hand-painted postcards are on their way! Here’s a step-by-step process of how I made them.
A crucial distinction for all artists - you don’t think in order to draw, you draw in order to think.
On the inevitable uncertainty of making art and how filling sketchbook pages is helping me to tolerate it.
You share your advice on keeping a daily sketchbook practice and I try to do some simple drawing exercises.
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.
A story about the time Banksy squared off against London’s greatest graffiti artist - and lost.
I believe that when you move towards your dreams, the universe will move with you. I see evidence of this everywhere.
Artists residencies are a great way to find focus - but you don’t have to wait to be invited to one!
A radical rethink of how to achieve your goals, thanks to James Clear’s new book Atomic Habits
When I’m not scared of losing my life’s work, I think about destroying it.
A behind-the-scenes look at a new film I’ve made for The New York Times - plus some exciting news about a film I directed last year!
An important message for artists - your work will not exist by itself!
A Q&A session with Third Something Readers - I answer questions about filmmaking and my creative process.
This diagram helps me tell visual stories that make the audience both think and feel. Here’s how to use it.
I’ve been feeling depressed lately and I wonder if it’s connected to how much time I make for myself to create.
Here’s a useful exercise in using drawing as a form of meditation and awareness. Try it out!
A step-by-step look at my previsualisation process for making a video for The New York Times.
There’s a lot in this one! Poetry, filmmaking, graphic novels and visual storytelling - take your pick!
Notes on the balance between preparation and improv in the creative process, while shooting a film for The New York Times.
Some practical advice on how filmmakers can build a daily practice habit that improves their craft.
Playing around with loops and ossilations, I discover whale music inside a 95-year-old song.
You’re not just publishing into a never ending stream, you’re building a library of work
The problem with screenwriting as a creative pursuit, and three ideas to fix it.
Thoughts on the creative process and letting the work tell you what it wants to be.