Letters About The Creative Process

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140 / Page One

Thoughts on managing multi-year creative projects.

139 / Daily Rituals

This creative routine works for me, it might work for you.

136 / One Day You'll Be Ready Too

On finding the focus and commitment to write a book

135 / The Next Stage

How I wrote the first draft of my graphic novel

133 / Portrait Mode

I’m back in the sketchbook for the first time in more than a year!

131 / The Permanence of Paper

Will my art outlive me?

129 / When Your Story Rewrites You

An incredible tale of creative transformation.

127 / What Do You Actually Want?

It’s one of the hardest questions to answer. Here are some exercises to help you to figure it out!

124 / You Can Draw Anything!

Lessons I’ve learned from creating & publishing my first zine

123 / Make Art, Get It Seen

I’m thrilled to announce my debut short story collection is now on sale!

122 / Hibernation Contemplation

As the nights draw in, I’m learning the value of some intentional wintering.

121 / Goals vs Systems (Part II)

How I use systems to power my creative work and be productive and fulfilled.

115 / The Way You Do It

Something for the artists who strive to be interesting and original.

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.

110 / New Shoots

On creative bereavement and new beginnings - plus some important announcements about this newsletter.

106 / Songwriting With Sir Paul McCartney

A good set of instructions for any artist.

104 / A Compendium Of Courage

Here’s what courage looks like to you in 2022.

103 / Curiosity And Courage

A challenging question to begin your new year.

102 / Silence, Please

Notes on quiet from the midst of self-isolation.

100 / Reasons To Be Optimistic

A video every creative person should see about the future of the creator economy.

096 / You Don't Have To Start At The Beginning

Spending time with Hayao Miyazaki has kickstarted my comics storytelling!

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!

090 / Don't Make Work Out Of Things You Enjoy

Some thoughts on creativity and work, plus an important announcement about the future of this newsletter.

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.

084 / Birds And Words

Continuing a summer of guest letters, Jess shares a personal story from their career in the military.

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.

082 / More Advice On Filling Sketchbooks

I’ve finished three sketchbooks and I have learned a lot about building a sketchbook habit. This letter’s full of practical advice!

079 / A Leap Into The Void

If making a piece of art is transformative for you, then it will be transformative for your audience.

076 / Miles And Miles Of Squares

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

074 / Fuck Fish

Why do I suddenly give up on something right when things seem on the verge of taking off?

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!

069 / What A Good Idea Feels Like

A good idea feels like a visitation and a chain reaction all at once!

068 / Perfecting The Theory

I’ve lost too much time trying to study the craft instead of just getting my hands dirty and making mistakes.

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.

061 / Once Through, Cleanly

Some solid advice from designer Frank Chimero on how to make the most progress in the early stages of a project.

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.

056 / Negative Capability

On the inevitable uncertainty of making art and how filling sketchbook pages is helping me to tolerate it.

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.

051 / Banksy And The King

A story about the time Banksy squared off against London’s greatest graffiti artist - and lost.

049 / A Story About The Universe

I believe that when you move towards your dreams, the universe will move with you. I see evidence of this everywhere.

046 / Residency

Artists residencies are a great way to find focus - but you don’t have to wait to be invited to one!

045 / Goals vs Systems

A radical rethink of how to achieve your goals, thanks to James Clear’s new book Atomic Habits

033 / As The Electromagnetic Pulse Ripped Through The City, He Saw It Was All For Nothing

When I’m not scared of losing my life’s work, I think about destroying it.

030 / A New Film I'm Proud Of

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!

028 / On The Thermodynamics of Creativity

An important message for artists - your work will not exist by itself!

026 / Your Questions, Answered

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

025 / The Threshold Of Awareness

This diagram helps me tell visual stories that make the audience both think and feel. Here’s how to use it.

023 / A Vague Haze of Malaise

I’ve been feeling depressed lately and I wonder if it’s connected to how much time I make for myself to create.

022 / Looking and Seeing

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

021 / My Storyboarding Process

A step-by-step look at my previsualisation process for making a video for The New York Times.

019 / Five Miscellaneous Things

There’s a lot in this one! Poetry, filmmaking, graphic novels and visual storytelling - take your pick!

018 / Planned Improv

Notes on the balance between preparation and improv in the creative process, while shooting a film for The New York Times.

017 / Practicing Scales

Some practical advice on how filmmakers can build a daily practice habit that improves their craft.

012 / Musical Interval

Playing around with loops and ossilations, I discover whale music inside a 95-year-old song.

010 / Building A Body Of Work

You’re not just publishing into a never ending stream, you’re building a library of work

005 / The Screenplay Problem

The problem with screenwriting as a creative pursuit, and three ideas to fix it.

004 / It's Telling You What It Wants To Be

Thoughts on the creative process and letting the work tell you what it wants to be.

002 / Trust The Process

Thoughts on patience and the creative process on months-long projects.