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This is how I make a book: by hiding from writing by drawing, or the other way around.

Hey y’all,

Other than daily blogging, I haven’t done much at all besides work like crazy on a new manuscript. Last week I shared 10 things about writing, so this week I thought I’d share 10 things about the other half of what I do, drawing: 

  1. I call myself a “writer who draws,” which is something I stole from Saul Steinberg, my all-time favorite drawer.
  2. My favorite piece of writing about drawing: this blog post by film critic Roger Ebert, “You can draw, and probably better than I can.” (Here are some of his sketches from Cannes.)
  3. If you don’t think you can draw, pick up Emberley’s Make A World. (I also like Betty Edwards’ classic, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.)
  4. Mister Rogers talking about drawing.
  5. Kids are naturally awesome at drawing. Ever noticed how their drawings look like ancient cave drawings? (My 3-year-old loves drawing along to Super Simple Draw.)
  6. My 3 favorite art supplies for drawing with little kids: Crayola Slick Stix, plain ol’ construction paper, and Do-A-Dot markers.
  7. My personal favorite drawing tools: a Blackwing Palamino or Sharpie marker on generic printer paper. I also like Pilot G2 Bolds and Uni-ball Visions. If I had to pick a sketchbook, I’d probably go with a Moleskine sketchbook with the thick pages
  8. Some favorite drawers you can follow on Instagram for inspiration: @wendymac, @wcraghead, @jasonpolan, @abstractsunday, @davidshrigley, @tuckernichols, @tomthinks, @lianafinck@squinkyelo, Owen Kleon, and Jules Kleon.
  9. Some other favorite not-on-Instagram-because-they-are-dead drawers: Tove JanssonWilliam Steig, Basquiat, Klee, Thoreau, and George Grosz.
  10. Drawing is part of a cure.
Thanks for reading. Next week I should have some really exciting news to share. If you like this newsletter and want to support it, forward it to a friend, buy a book, or tweet me some love.

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

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