This week: the art of getting ideas, saying no, reading comics, and more...

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Hey y’all,

Man, I had a rough one this week. Thank goodness for bourbon, soul music, and the bears. (One night I counted over a dozen on camera!)

Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing this week: 
  1. I got a bunch of good responses to this post I wrote on getting ideas and the creative process: “Ideas in cars, honking.”
  2. This week I finally got my hands on Chris Ware’s Monograph, which is just a stunning book. (I posted some of my favorite parts on Twitter.) I’m in awe of Ware’s work, but I’m not always the biggest fan of his longer narratives — but I love his gag strips, his design work, and his sketchbooks. This book really tied all that stuff together for me in a beautiful way.
  3. Reading Ware made me dive into some other comics I had lying around: E.O. Plauen’s Father and Son and Richard McGuire’s Sequential Drawings. (Do check out his book, Here, and the original comic masterpiece... also, his bass lines for Liquid Liquid!
  4. Speaking of multi-talented people, did you know Tom Wolfe was a cartoonist?
  5. This week in the “Art with Kids” folder: drawing side by sidevisitor sketchbooks at the Rodin Museum, and the distance I can be from my son.
  6. I’m making my way through John McPhee’s Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process. I wrote about how his structure diagrams remind me of Paul Klee.
  7. After I wrote about looking at things upside down, a reader taught me about reading right to left.
  8. Why Mr. Bingo says “no” to most client work.
  9. Why you should stop believing in genius and read books.
  10. I could do that.”
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PS. I’m traveling for a bit, so next week will be my favorite books of the year (so far) and the week after that will be my favorite music and movies. “Regular” emails will return in August! Stay cool :)

Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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