Neotrad Owl

Less, but better.

Less…but better. What is something you’re doing that you could do less of? What’s something you own that you could use less of?

How can you invest in less, but better? Less cookware of higher quality? Less clothing so you have higher quality and comfort? Less on your to-do so you can focus on the shit that truly matters?

Even as I’m trying to diversify my income, I’m narrowing my focus. I’m building a new basket for some of my eggs, but it’s very closely related to my career. One basket will help the other. Niche diversity.

Ideas and Actions

Ideas are a dime-a-dozen. Action is what makes a finished piece of art.

It takes both to successfully create something. Creation starts with imagination. Asking “what if…?”

It’s fun. It’s playful.

Execution comes next.

And execution is the opposite of imagination. You go from looking for possibilities to eliminating them. The first mark you put down limits your options for the next mark.

The last little highlight or detail you add to a piece is the ultimate elimination of other possibilities, but it’s also what turns an infinite pool of possibilities into ONE finished piece.

How weird is that? You have to move through both spaces — possibilities and limitations — to create a finished piece of art. Whether it’s visual, musical, or written. It doesn’t matter.

Create What You Want to See

Creativity is one of those features that makes us unique in the animal kingdom.

But what IS creativity? Creativity is a remix. In Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon encourages people to make the stuff they want to see in the world. As he puts it:

“The manifesto is this: Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use—do the work you want to see done.”

Find the stuff you love and make more of it. If you’re an artist, find the art you love, see what was done, and imagine what would come next. Now make that stuff.

What’s next in your practice? Here’s mine.


En-Courage. To give courage to someone else. If courage is considered the greatest virtue of all, is encouragement the best gift we could give someone else?

We could all use encouragement sometimes.

The smallest “good job” or “you can do this” can have a profound impact on someone’s day.

Who can you give some courage to today?

Oh, and just in case YOU need to hear it: You’ve got this.

Third Dimension

A bit of an update along with something new I’m working on. I’ve paused the 100 heads challenge to pursue things that were necessary next steps for my career. The clients dictate what I need to learn more than a curriculum. So I moved on to learning about ZBrush. And I’m loving it!

Here’s the update, though — I spent all summer being a stay-at-home dad and ruining the experience for myself. Now that my kids are back in school, they’ve brought home every virus and illness they can find. So I’ve been sick more often than healthy since early September. That is taking its toll on me more than it ever has. Venting done. 🙂 Wish me good fortitude through the rest of the school year!

Last Minute

I booked an open spot today with this last-minute design. I actually really like how it turned out for being a design done quickly.


Potent potion bottles — flash designs for work.

Disney Noir – Belle Sketch

I’m staring a new series for tattoos. 😀 Here’s a sketch of the first one.

One of Many

I have been incredibly overwhelmed lately, so I let my sketchbook slide. Time to resume. 🙂 Here’s one of many, many, many things that I’ve done over the past month.


What would happen if I compressed a quarter into two months instead of three? Or operated on a 1/6th of a year timescale? Just a slight compression of goals that let me accomplish two more big projects per year than your average quarterly goal-setter…

Just as an experiment, I’m going to pretend that a year has 6 quarters next year. Even though the “term” is incorrect. I’ll operate under the assumption that we have Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4, Q5, Q6. The person who can iterate the fastest wins.

Jellies 1

My first session on the Jellies sleeve yesterday. I’m loving the spiral flow of the tattoo.