Brain — on.

My brain has been whirring this weekend. I now have loads of things I want to make — but only one life to make ’em in.

• I am thinking of new daily projects I want to pursue. My 30-dogs-in-30-days iPad drawing project eventually reached 110 dogs, which was great fun for a while, but it’s feeling forced now and for the first time have missed several days. I am thinking of doing a series of drawings and long-text Instagram posts about my family’s history and my childhood. I spent some time yesterday looking at old photos and had a bunch of ideas. I have thought about writing on this topic before but always flamed out under the weight of it all, worrying more about how to wrangle several generations of dysfunctional people into an ongoing narrative but the idea of doing something bite-sized and episodic seems more doable and fun.

• I want to start up a podcast again. It’s been over a year since I did an episode of Shut Your Monkey and the podbug is nibbling at me again. I am thinking I’d like to do a chatty podcast about art making, probably under the Sketchbook Skool umbrella, kinda of like an audio version of the Zine we’ve been doing. A great new issue of the Zine comes out next week, by the way. I wrote a lot of it. (If you haven’t subscribed yet, get on it.)

• I just signed up for a mysterious creative camp for this summer and I am excited and super curious about that.

• There are only a couple of weeks till Illustration Nation begins at SBS and I have been thinking alot about what project I want to spend a month on. I like the idea of making prints or a book or magazine but am not sure what to do with the things I make. Maybe I’ll give them to you.

• I am very excited about a conference we are planning and keep thinking of more and more ideas about what to do there. Ideas that will get people together, ideas about all the people I want to have speak, ideas about how to promote it, ideas about little videos to show and ideas about what I will wear.

• I have been working on a short-film series on and off for the past year and I think I am now ready to release it. I’ll do so episode by episode. They’re gonna be short and autobiographical. I’m not sure why it’s taking me so long to get them done.

• I would like to do some new episodes of Sketchbook Club and now have an entire shelf of books set aside. I’m thinking of finally tackling Maira Kalman, Lynda Barry, Lapin, Eric Sloane and a few others. I’ll try to get one done in the week to come.

• I have three new shoots with artists scheduled for the next month and I’ll be travelling to Atlanta, then Charlotte and finally Nashville starting in ten days. I have been preproducing these for the last couple of months and I can’t wait to get out there, work with some new artists and film crews, and make some cool stuff.

• Koosje and I have been working on a new kourse that we are calling “Zillion” for short. We have begun filming and it has been so fun to work on a new kourse and to collaborate creatively with my partner.

• I was invited to do two keynotes in Washington DC — and they are major. The audience is super-important and not the usual sort of folks I talk to so I am eager to do something interesting. I am contractually not allowed to say who it is, alas, but let’s just say they are in Washington and work in a large building with flags on it.

Weekends are meant for relaxation so I tried turning my brain off last night by watching a movie. But The Square was the most amazing, brilliant, hilarious, thought-provoking film I maybe have ever seen and so it filled my dreams with monkeys, piles of gravel, and angry children. What an incredible work of art!

Today, I will make some stew and probably not watch the Super Bowl. Maybe the Puppy Bowl instead.

12 thoughts on “Brain — on.”

  1. Just wondering how you would classify yourself in your family…functional, or dysfunctional? I often wonder which I am. Fodder for another idea?

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  2. From your earlier post I thought something was up. Of course it is going to be GREAT!! Thanks for the ride Danny and the inspiration.

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  3. Wow! Your life is so exciting! I like the bite size family history project- could that be integrated into your illustration nation project to get it kick started? (I’m so excited about that kourse by the way! ). Otherwise it looks like you’ll just need to become a vampire so you don’t need sleep and can create 24 hours a day (an Eddie Izzard low-powered vampire, unless the sparkly kind really appeals)!

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  4. So much here my mind is spinning! Thanks for sharing. I’m impressed with your energy, drive, enthusiasm and ability to discover amazing things to do, create and participate in! I look forward to hear more after you realize them!
    Now while my husband watches the super bowl I will hand sew a hanging sleeve on my latest quilt project! I already drew this morning at Starbucks and will probably draw more later today! Life is good!

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  5. Wow..how do you keep all these balls in the air…is it the monkey? Am inspired by what you achieve …I must
    stop procrastinating as there aren’t enough days in a life! Thanks again 🤗

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  6. I think you’re a fabulous writer. When you write about your family, it’s fascinating reading and you paint a phenomenal picture. What if you wrote more about your family, maybe a novel, and illustrate it. I would read it.

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  7. Just another reason to like you! Like me, you prefer the puppy bowl over the Super Bowl! Right on, Amazing that you have continually have ideas to develop and share with others. Very inspired by your writing and the klasses.

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