Here’s a few photos of the book out and about, and more importantly, actually being used by people.
You can still buy it if you want.
And if you do want to share a photo, just tag it with #theartofgettingstarted and I’ll see it, eventually.
I’m going to New York and Texas at the end of this month.
Other than that I’ll just be seeing things, eating things, and hanging out with people.
So, if you know of anything cool that’s happening, or want to maybe hang out*, let me know.
*Please no murderers / stalkers / crazies / or similar.
You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting new work for the last month or so. That’s partly because I’m working on a big project which is sucking me in, and partly because I hate pretty much everything I draw at the minute. Like this sketch.
The Ultimate Warrior was my favourite wrestler as a kid. So when I heard the news that he’d died I did what I normally do, picked out a quote of his and started to draw. After way too long I’d forced out this sketch, but 10 seconds after posting it to Instagram I realised I hated it and didn’t really want to finish it. So I’m not going to.
I think it’s ok to have periods when you hate and/or question your work. I also think it’s ok to have periods when you don’t fall into the trap of posting every single thing you make just to prove that you’re making something.
But it feels like that period has lasted a little too long now. Sharing work regularly, good or bad, has been a pretty important thing for me in the last few years. So even though I’m still in one of those periods where I’m hating everything I draw, I’m going to start posting more regularly again.
Q:is it true that "Maybe ever'body in the whole damn world is scared of each other." (John Steinbeck)? [even if you don't wanna answer, or don't know how to, it's still a nice quote :) ]
I think everybody in the whole damn world is scared of being rejected by each other, more than they are scared of each other.
Q:Hello, I am currently a second year undergrad studying graphic design. I would like to know what work experience you gained from external companies whilst at University yourself whether it be an intern, placement etc and also, how did you promote yourself as a professional creative after graduating?
I am kind of the worst person to answer this question. I lied about going to work experience at uni, and made a fake project to prove that I had been. My course asked us to get work experience outside of our chosen field anyway, because they were “wacky” like that.
I’ve met a lot of people since then who have done internships and work experience, and to be honest I really wish I’d done more. I think it’s definitely valuable to get “real life” experience while you’re at uni, because you can easily forget that real life is going to be there sooner than you think. For a lot of people it’s also a really great foot in the door. I know plenty of people who got their first job as a result of work experience.
There’s a new magazine you should read called intern: intern-mag.com
It’s all about internships in the creative industries. I’ve not read a copy myself, but it looks really nice and I’m sure it’ll have some useful information and opinions in there.
As for promotion, I didn’t really do anything special to promote myself after graduating. I just applied to a load of jobs all over the country and took the one I thought would be best for me.
I sent out my first self-promo as a freelancer last year, which you can see here. I think the best method of self promotion will always be making good work and showing it to people, so that’s what I try to do.