Audible while you work. That’s my new workflow adjustment, and it makes me feel extra productive. Now I can absorb books while I draw. So my ears are consuming hours of fascinating knowledge while my Wacom pen flashes across my screen, and so I remain immersed and wholly engaged for three to four hours. Input: Coffee, an Audible biography about Alexander Hamilton, and output: Ergo comics, educational worksheets for kids, and disoriented collection of random ideas and notes.
It’s been a chaotic month. But lately, thanks largely to the book Messy by Tim Harford, I’m a bit less self-criticizing of my messiness. Granted, things are a bit messier than usual, because I rather impulsively decided that now was the time to renovate my kitchen. And if I’m going to renovate the kitchen, then, well, I might as well throw out the old laminate floor too, and rip out some walls to make the apartment seem a bit bigger.
Amidst that serene background, I started a new Printables Magazine, wherein I’m combining my Ergo characters with entertaining printable activities: connect the dots, mazes, word searches, etc. All the pages are sketched but I still need to ink and color a bit. It’s being published piecemeal. I’m also working on some Halloween stuff, including the Halloween spot the difference I posted a few days ago.
Tim’s Book Recommendations
Messy by Tim Harford – A look into why creative people are messy and chaotic, and how great ideas and business strategies naturally emerge from this tumultuous environment. I thought the part about Jeff Bezos and the creation of Amazon was the best. Format: Paperback
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury – One of my all-time favorite books. A nostalgic look at childhood in the year 1928. Douglas Spalding, 12, experiences a Illinois summer filled with mysteries, imagination, and visceral memories. This is Ray Bradbury at his very best.
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow – This guy was amazing, even as Founding Fathers go. His prolific writing, especially his work in the Federalist Papers, helped interpret the Constitution, define Executive power, and shape the American identity. As Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton also established the American financial system, including the National Bank and the US Mint. While other Founding Fathers either ignored or actively participated in slavery, Hamilton bolding supported abolition. His life was fast-paced, epic, and tragically short.
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