I love making money. And it’s easier than it seems. Just crumple up a bill or spread it out — and then open your workbook and dive deep into the details with your pen.
The way I approach this little bit of counterfeiting is the same way I draw anything complex. I’ll take you through the steps in this video.
It’s a lovely subject for meditation. Spend a half hour doing this and you’ll emerge much richer. And so will your workbook.
As you know, I am rather lazy and always eager to get out of work. So don’t be deceived by the plethora of seemingly-fresh videos below.
Last year, when the original Art Before Breakfast came out, I made a bunch of quick videos to explain the principles behind the week of drawing lessons. As I have a similar week of instruction in the workbook, I am resharing those videos for you to follow here. Lazy, but effective.
Despite their vintage, the lessons still work.
Spend a week watching the videos and doing the exercises in the workbook, and, by the weekend, you’ll be ready for your first one-person show at the museum of your choice.
BTW, I filmed these in the winter and I think I was sick with something during a couple of them, so you’ll notice turtlenecks, sweater vest, pale skin and a red nose. Don’t be alarmed. I’m better now.
I try. But when a stressful day with too little sleep has me on the ropes, my best intentions go out the window. Here’s an example. My pledge to share an exercise from the Workbook as often as possible — draw, make a video about it, and then blog about it — collided with my recent travel itinerary and the results are recorded on YouTube.
Warning: this video is a little crabby, a tad unreasonable, and the drawing’s not something a professional teacher would share with his class, but the actual valuable lesson in it is about life, the challenges of trying to better oneself, and when to board a plane. Enjoy. Then get back to work.
Let’s get down to some actual drawing. This video is a trick for turning lousy drawings into a cool piece of art. It’s all about the power of more, how a page of even mediocre drawings gains power and beauty as you add more drawings. And this approach is so fast and simple, taking just a minute each — a minute you can fit in, no matter how busy your day. Just make sure you keep that workbook handy for when the moment strikes.
This week is all about finding triggers that will help make drawing into a regular part of your day, building new patterns and habit to make you more creative and productive. It’s also about why you should bother— why do you want to be creative? What are your goals and aspirations?
I am really enjoying poodling along in my workbook. The paper is hefty, the size is just right. And I’m having fun making these simple little videos — no SBS level production value, just me, my iPhone, my kitchen, workbook, and pen.
It’s funny being taught by myself. I thought about all of these exercises a lot when I wrote the book and its predecessor but, with the distance of time, I am now able to dig into each assignment as if for the first time.
But enough about me.
I hope you are working alongside me and filling in the pages of your workbook too. And if you don’t have one yet, it’s not too late to enter for the giveaway. Just email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pop it in the hat. I’ll be drawing names at my Facebook Live thingee on Saturday.
Yay! To celebrate the launch of my new book and your new creative habit, Sketchbook Skool and my publisher, Chronicle Books, are giving away 10 copies of Art Before Breakfast: The Workbook.
To enter for a chance to win, email email@example.com before Thursday. Good luck!
(For more details, click here.)