Just stumbled across this wonderful resource for you as you build your visual vocabulary: Diane Bleck’s Top 100 Icons Remember: copying is what you do in art school to learn how others have solved drawing challenges. It’s good to copy, then modify, then make things your own. Spend a happy hour or two copying these … Continue reading Copy Everything You Like: Icons!
When I was in culinary school, I found the end of the day my mind was active but my body was exhausted. Back then I was still drawing on my iPad with 53’s Paper (I’ve since returned to actual paper and pens.) I would half-watch TV and draw the recipes I’d learned, Like the tarte … Continue reading My Recipes, Illustrated
Need something to draw? Open the fridge… I drew these on the ipad with 53’s Paper.
They Draw and Cook is a collection of illustrated recipes, all from different artists with very different styles. Gorgeous, useful and a great holiday gift. Check out these excerpts!
In Pencil Me In, I talk about chefs who sketch out their dishes, both to think about the composition and to communicate with their teams. Here are a few examples I’ve collected Atelier Crenn Alinea And from The Notebooks of Michel Bras
Anyone who has read Pencil Me In knows I love Ivan Brunetti’s geometric approach to cartooning. It has influenced my style a lot (along wiht Lynda Barry and Don Hertzfeldt) Since this week’s theme has been drawing food, I thought I’d include his New Yorker cover for you to contemplate. There is a lot here … Continue reading Copy Every Thing You Love: Brunetti
Terrific essay on Open Culture “Physicist and saxophonist Stephon Alexander has argued in his many public lectures and his book The Jazz of Physics that Albert Einstein and John Coltrane had quite a lot in common. Alexander in particular draws our attention to the so-called “Coltrane circle,” which resembles what any musician will recognize as the “Circle of … Continue reading John Coltrane Draws a Picture Illustrating the Mathematics of Music
Kate Rutter is one of the first folks I asked to contribute. Many know her as Adaptive Path designer turned Co-Founder of LUXR, the first Lean UX agency. But I have along admired her for her work with sketchnote meetups and sketching are a core thinking skills. Spend some happy hours with her slideshare collection, … Continue reading Follow Friday: Kate Rutter
In Pencil Me In, I talk about the different types of drawing: Life drawing, Drafting and “Idea” drawing, or doodling. Doodling is a icon-based drawing system, more resembling writing than what an artist would do. That means rather than drawing something exactly as it looks, you draw an idea of how it looks. Some things … Continue reading How to Draw a Squirrel
A pyramid is a powerful and easily understood metaphor for things building upon each other. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is the most popular of these metaphors: Since then, perhaps because of the familiarity of Maslow, the pyramid has been used to explain other systems, like Stephen P Anderson’s 😡🤬 … Continue reading Explaining Systems with Pyramids