I filmed myself drawing recently. I was in a hotel, there were square pieces of paper on the desk, the pen was extra smooth, and something just clicked. Continue reading
I recently illustrated a book cover for Marie Marshall’s upcoming novel, and there’s been talk of further collaboration on a graphic novel. This got me thinking about what makes a good graphic novel good, which is just another way of asking:
“What is a graphic novel that I’d want to read?”
So I revisited my favourite titles and came up with this brief list of high-level elements often found in a good graphic novel: Continue reading
We got our Math pop quizzes back today.
I covered my mark with my thumb and waited for my nerves to steel. In the end, it wasn’t terrible, but I was insulted that the teacher gave me bonus marks for writing my name.
“Maybe you should, like, read your textbook sometime,” Robyn said.
I groaned and looked at her perfect paper. “I’ll live vicariously through you.”
Robyn blinked. “You wouldn’t want to.”
“True,” I said. “You’re too predictable.”
Robyn set the paper down, and gave me a strange, calculating look. Continue reading
Edward Gorey is one of my biggest artistic influences. Continue reading
It occurred to me three years after I worked with him that I didn’t know anything about Edward’s family. Continue reading
You’ve heard poorly informed parents claim that Mozart makes their fetuses smarter. Then there’s the more scientifically substantiated idea that listening to Baroque music enhances your concentration and emotional wellbeing.
More recently, researchers at Stanford discovered that listening to different movements of music in one sitting helps your brain “sharpen its ability to anticipate events” and “sustain attention.” To paraphrase the research study, as soon as a tune ends, the transition period between the first song and the next song triggers a consistent neurological response that strengthens your attention span and improves your ability to anticipate unknown events.
The implications of this study for writers are significant. Continue reading