Creativity can be effortless in some moments and a nightmare in others. At times, it flows, like a catamaran gliding over glassy waters in a persistent gale. At others, we feel like weary explorers battling through the thick, grasping vines of our jungle minds. Often we try to start our work when we are scattered. We […]

Here it is again. That wave of discomfort. It starts like a rippling in my chest, and then a ping in my throat. I couldn’t describe the emotion because it is composed of several. Frustration; boredom; anger; restlessness; confusion, and borderline despair. I’m also sleepy. This can’t be a good start, can it? Well, yes […]

Finishing things is mega important. It means that the stuff we make has a greater chance of being seen, used and loved. When we finish things often, we have a shot at making a dent in this silly Universe. But there is one thing that is even more important than finishing, and that’s starting. “The […]

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 […]

Here it is again. I couldn’t hold Patience within the city walls any longer. These feelings remind me that life isn’t as smooth as I remembered. My bad mood has taken hold. I’m in even more of a mood because I know I’m in a bad mood. I’m in what my dad calls: ‘a decline.’ […]

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 […]

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 […]

You’ve probably heard it rattled into your brain several times over the last few weeks, even days: if you want to get anywhere in life, take action. And when we’re talking about the projects and businesses we work on, yes, taking action trumps all the planning and learning, fidgeting and worrying you will ever do. […]