I’m afraid I have to diagnose you with a rather acute case. We’ve seen your behaviour over the last few weeks. Is there something wrong with you? Your thoughts jolt you from sleep. You forget to eat. Your friends are beginning to worry about you. Others ridicule you. That can’t be good, can it? Unpleasant […]

My name is Alex, and I’m a self-conscious wreck. At least, I used to be more of the time. Self-consciousness stops us enjoying the beauty of interacting with others and delivering our truth. We can end up in a spiral of doubt, poor performance and further doubt. It can be crippling. I’ve been there many […]

I’ve done some new illustrations for an article about the Japanese ‘Aikido’ philosophy. I was struck by how inspiring and relevant to today his writing was. His words bring a much-needed freshness and vigour to the distracted and stressful lives many of us can live. What I like is how he often uses the natural […]

I’m tired of mediocre. I’m tired of ‘ok.’ I’m tired of spreading myself thin. I’m tired of a lack of ‘traction.’ I’m tired of nice. I want my craft to make people blush. … I was never attracted to average. None of us are. But we keep allowing ourselves to be. We all want more. […]

It’s tough to make an impact with art these days. It always was, but these days especially. You are a tiny grey dot in a sea of dots. You work hard to create something fresh. You share it. It might get some interest and a few likes. Big whoop. You wonder whether you should give […]

When was the last time you labeled something without understanding it? Judged something as one thing when you didn’t know what it meant? I know I’ve done it. Given that we can never fully understand anything, in theory, we do it all the time. I label; we all label. It is a human need to […]

I look for ways to improve the lives of others. I seek solutions to things that are not working. I build on what is working. I am in harmony with the present. I acknowledge the sensations in my body. I am a good steward of what I already have. I am outcome independent. I act […]

Many years ago, I made the decision to avoid a corporate lifestyle at all costs and earn a living working for myself writing and making pretty pictures. The freedom of working for myself has brought with it joy and greatly reduced levels of office small talk. Having done this for over ten years, I would […]

Sometimes I get frustrated and ask myself what it is all for. I spend three whole hours making an illustration on my iPad, and all it gets are three measly likes on Instagram. What a waste of time. Why contribute? Billions of people are making better illustrations on Instagram than I do. What is the […]

One of the most valuable lessons of working as a freelancer over nine years has been the importance of doing work for myself, rather than for others. This sounds selfish, because I suppose it is, and I get that this seems to go against a lot of what I’ve written about before, which it does […]