Cartoon artist struggling to choose what to draw.

Consider this scenario: A person that’s hungry and thirsty is placed midway between food and water. Unable to make any decision, they die of hunger and thirst. They can’t make a rational decision between the food and water. In their paralysis, they fail to move in any direction.

When you…


Consider this an introduction and I’ll get my first awkward video out of the way. My name is James Joyce and I’m a designer.‍

https://youtu.be/7qhbUxNgBcE

My quick story

I started drawing in 2010, making it about 10 years since I’ve been a creative professional. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been more…


Fear is a natural response to the unknown. You can’t predict how you’re drawing will come out. That absence of information can paralyze you from creating.

People want to fall in love with their creations, not hide in shame over them. The truth is, even artists of the highest…


Cartoon character posing next to the text, anime is art.

Almost a week ago I answered a question on Quora for a student who’s passionate about anime. He’s being discouraged not to draw it. I was shocked to find that educators were furthering that discouragement in the comments below.

Let’s make something clear from the beginning, anime is art. Anyone…


Cartoon character hugging a digital drawing pen.

When you’re learning to draw, you hit a point where you’re discouraged by your progress. That discouragement can lead to frustration and the end of your drawing career. Your circumstances are unique but we share this common emotion with our art. The pros who work at Disney or Netflix are…


Cartoon character drawing from imagination.

“Artmaking grants access to worlds that may be dangerous, sacred, forbidden, seductive, or all of the above. It grants access to worlds you may otherwise never fully engage.” David Bayes & Ted Orland — Art & Fear.

‍Drawing a whole world from imagination takes extraordinary skill. Every movie you…


Cartoon character inking a snake according to a detailed plan

The journey to become a professional artist is misunderstood.

I started drawing in 2010. After nearly graduating with a Computer Science degree, I took an elective that changed my life. A year later I was in California at the Laguna College of Art & Design studying entertainment design. …


I’ve been talking with my friend lately about the pressure that comes with learning how to draw. She’s graciously allowed me to be her art mentor as I fine-tune the framework for improving our drawing skills faster. …


Cartoon character trying to look smart.

Your creativity and intelligence have a special relationship. Regardless of your skill level, when you draw you benefit your body and mind. Your memories are easier to access, and you learn at a deeper level.

Drawing is a superpower you can use to become smarter and more successful.

Drawing increases your mental fortitude

When I…


Your brain is beautiful. It registers far more than you’re conscious of and it’s capable of some truly remarkable things. For all intents and purposes, your brain is you, but for some reason, it doesn’t always listen to you. Though you may tell it to do one thing, it might…

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