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Sep 02, 2014
Mise en place is a French cooking term that means “everything in place.” It’s used to refer to the way chefs will have all of their ingredients organized and ready to go before they start cooking. (Obviously, it’s an idea that applies to other types of work.)
Without mentioning it explicitly, cartoonist Kevin Huizenga explains why mise en place is important for artists:
Maybe you have a hard time getting to work because you really haven’t taken the time to figure out what materials you need, and you don’t have them ready-to-hand. They shouldn’t be “organized” in the sense of “visually organized.” One’s studio should be definitely be “messy,” but only in the sense that everything is where it’s most useful. If papers everywhere on the floor makes working easier right now, because you need to constantly refer to them, then they should stay there. So you need first to get the material conditions in place, before you can work.
Apr 10, 2013
I wrote a blog post about Mindfulness Meditation.
The important thing is to actually meditate, so try to do it along with them in the “Introduction to” podcasts. On my own I started out doing it daily 10 minutes, then 20 minutes, and now I do 25 minutes, using a timer. Some days it goes well and I get concentrated and some days I sit and just think about stuff and try to relax. It’s one of those things that can sometimes seem like a chore, but you never regret doing it. It gets better the more you do it, like exercising any skill.
Ah! This is so great. Love Kevin’s work and I’m obsessed with meditation right now.
Dec 18, 2012
Dec 09, 2012
from Wild Kingdom
Man, I love the way Kevin draws these suburban skylines. He sent me a great little zine a while back. (You can get his zines here.) His new one, Gloriana, is on my Christmas list.
Jul 28, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
Kevin Huizenga’s “The Sunset,” from Gloriana
All comics involve a lot of diagramming… Comics are showing you spatial relationships. It’s not just a picture you’re looking at; you’re looking at a diagram of what’s going on. You’re looking at some simplified icons, and you’re looking at word balloons and thought balloons that are incorporated into the composition. You’re not reading them as pictures; you’re reading them as symbols that carry information. Textual information, not pictorial information.
Jan 30, 2012
May 23, 2011
May 16, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
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