What Tim Burton has taught me - "Sketch Everyday"

Last week I finally got to visit the Tim Burton Retrospective at MOMA in NYC. The massive amount of sketches and work done by Burton that essential no one ever sees is just mind boggling. While at the show my sister turned to me and said "Now what did you learn today Tim?" to which I immediately knew the answer. "Sketch everyday."

Since my return back to my apartment I have not sketched everyday. Partially because I'm lazy but also partially because I'm not confident enough in my ability to sketch. Which is why I've changed my motto from "Sketch everyday" to "Photoshop everyday".

I would describe myself primarily as a digital artist before anything else. So it only makes sense to adapt what Burton has taught me and apply it to my own practices. Well, it starts today. I need to work, make anything, once a day. Just like working out your muscles, you need to train and keep your artistic muscles fit by working them everyday.

New Animology Prints

Here are the new prints from my Animology collection now available in my Etsy shop here!

Follow your Leads

Everything is inspiration, no matter where it takes you. Dead ends don't exist, everything will influence your work on some level. This is especially true across mediums and styles. If an idea doesn't work for one style test it out on another.

Failures are lessons learned. Doesn't necessarily mean that your work is terrible, there are things you can take away. Ideas are transferrable. Concepts or images can be used or reused. Everything you see, magazine clips, television, advertisements, books, anything you see you record.

If you feel like you've hit a dead end in you work, or your concepts seem stale work back around to the beginning. You'll approach your first style or concept with all the information and images you absorbed over the project. This will make you see your work in a whole new light.

Follow every lead, every interesting image or concept. Once you feel you've hit a dead end, work back from the beginning applying all your new images and concepts to your work.

Stores Back Open

Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know that my Etsy shop is back open. I'll be posting a new item picture tomorrow. So check back again after lunch.

Who is this?

I have no idea who the artists is that made this? But I love it. Can someone tell me who it belongs to?


it's amazing.

A Well Read Audio Book

Reading is something I wish I did more often. Recently I discovered the awesomeness that is - audio books. I've spoiled myself though, with the first book I listened to being Douglas Adams "The Life, the Universe and Everything". Read by the man himself, it just doesn't get any better. You really get a great sense of his voice and style. The more I read his work the more I enjoy his style. Theres no greater way to read a book then to have it read to you by the author.

So I highly suggest you listen to any "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" book in the series read by Douglas Adams.