What I Learned from Ten Years of Making Illustrations of Monkeys, Mountains and Monsters

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Freelancing / Inspiration / Personal Development

“I love how you did the little houses and the trees, but can you make the mountains look less like breasts?”

“How about like this?”

“Yes, that works. Can you make the path around the lake a little more heart-shaped?”

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Why Your Main Mission Must Be Shamelessly Selfish

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Motivation / Productivity / Taking Action

There is a flaw with the idea that your purpose should be to help others.

I say this not because it’s wrong and not because Satan has taken over my computer.

‘Flaw’ because it diverts your attention away from what is more important.

We all want to make a difference in the world. We all want to contribute something amazing, inspire people, and leave a legacy.

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Over 65 Ways to Make Money From Your Creative Skills

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Business / Money / Resources

I’ve spent most of my life devising wacky and occasionally reasonable schemes for making money.

As an artist with an interest in business, I’ve often found myself wedged between the two seemingly alien worlds.

Earning money from creative expression has always been a contentious issue because many think that money impinges on the integrity of the creative work.

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11 Things That Stop You Being a Top 1% Creative

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If you dislike the idea of ‘cheating’ your way to the top, look away now.

Building a rewarding career from your artistic skill takes a special combination of dedication, experience, hard work and talent.

Even more so if you want to be considered among the very best.

But as an apprentice gains from the wisdom of her mentor, having access to the right knowledge can help anyone get there more quickly.

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How to Survive the Biggest Creative Job Decline of All Time

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Adding Value / Freelancing / Remarkability

Are designers, illustrators and visual artists turning into commodities?

I was recently asked by a reader to discuss the health of the graphic design and creative industries in general.

His concerns centre around what appear to be the ‘commoditisation’ of these industries and the people working in them, with the following example:

On an online exchange, you can buy a decent quality illustration for $5 for commercial use.

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How to Live with Purpose, Even if You Don’t Have a Clue

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“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” Dostoyevsky

If I were to ask you to define your purpose in one sentence, could you?

Congratulations if you can. You are in the minority.

Most of us understand that living a fulfilled life requires this mysterious quality of having purpose.

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