Feel the burn.

Get better at helping others make their work shine. It’s a wonderful gift to give another storyteller. But it’s not all altruism: every time you work through a story, you learn more about your own work, and how to improve it.

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Open the Black Box to put an end to procrastination

The number one thing I see as standing in the way of getting the creative projects we want to be making actually made is procrastination. And when we procrastinate, we beat up on ourselves, which only makes it worse. We tell ourselves that procrastination as a character flaw. like, “oh I’m just a procrastinator.”

But procrastination is not about your character. It’s the manifestation of anxiety.

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diy: making minicomics

diy: making minicomics Hey cartoonist! So glad you’ve found this resource to get you started with DIY publishing! Making comics is really challenging, so if you’re ready to publish, that deserves major congratulations. But if you’re finding yourself stuck in the process, that’s totally normal, too. And maybe I can help. I help creative people…

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DIY: Tracing

This tutorial dates from 1998. A more complete, current tracing demo can be found in chapter 8 of Drawing Words & Writing Pictures. OK, this may sound totally idiotic; i.e., why should I teach you how to trace? So you can copy other people more easily? No, it’s so you can trace yourself more easily.…

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DIY: Materials

This tutorial dates from 1998. There’s more up-to-date and clear information on materials throughout Drawing Words & Writing Pictures. There’s also a more current Supplies List at DW-WP.com with buying links. Paper:Page size:Whenever we talk about page size, we’re actually talking about “image area”, which means the part of the page on which you are actually drawing.…

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