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Drawing is a powerful tool of communication. It helps build self-understanding and can boost mental health.
But our current focus on productivity, outcomes and “talent” has us thinking about it the wrong way. Too many believe the myth of “I can’t draw”, when in fact it’s a skill bu...
Devoting a little time to drawing each day may make you happier, more employable and sustainably productive.
New jobs are emerging all the time for visual thinkers who can translate complex information into easily understood visuals.
Big companies hire comic creators to document corpo...
Art-making can reduce anxiety, elevate mood, improve quality of life and promote general creativity. Art therapy has even been linked to reduced symptoms of distress and higher quality of life for cancer patients.
And it can help you enter a “flow state”, where self-consciousness disappears...
Cultivating a drawing habit means letting go of biases against drawing and against copying others to learn technique. Resisting the urge to critically compare your work to others’ is also important.
Most children don’t care about what’s considered “essential” to a functioning society. They ...
Unlike language, we consider it normal for people not to learn to draw, and consider those who do to be exceptional.
Without sufficient practise and exposure to an external system, a basic system persists despite arguably impoverished developmental conditions.
Use simple tools that you’re comfortable with, whether it’s a ballpoint pen on post-it notes, pencil on paper, a dirty window, or a foggy mirror.
Times you’d typically be aimlessly scrolling on your phone are prime candidates for a quick sketch. Doodle when you’re on the phone, watching a m...
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