A formula for drawing a story
Math and art have more in common than you may imagine.
Wouldn't it be handy if there were an equation for expertly combining pictures and words? I’m no Archimedes, but here’s my equation for solving creative problems.
So here's my formula for artistic success:
“The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.” - Philosopher and mathematician Paul R. Halmos
The same is true about drawing and making art.
Solving equations may not make you a mathematician, but practicing drawing does make you an artist.
There are a lot of factors and variables here. Your formula may differ from mine, but drawing and writing are constants.
You need to draw and write a bunch over a long period of time. At some point, you’ll start to enjoy this process and keep going. That’s right, enjoying the process is a skill.
At the risk of sounding like an after-school special, let me say this: you're capable of creating the work you want to make.
That's where online artist communities have been so valuable. They're a commitment to practice. They've made drawing in my workspace fun and engaging.
Drawing with other artists helped me solve the brain-bending algebraic equation of making art I like. If you’re looking for support and companionship in your journey, this community is here for you.
Paid community members have access to the replays, drawing demos, and process videos, including the one below. It's a walk-through of my process for thumbnailing my Folktale Week story.