Practice practice practice

Practice is one of the hardest things for me to make time for consistently as an illustrator. Whenever I sit down to practice, I end up feeling like I need to end with a finished piece, or the time will have been “wasted.” This gives a lot of anxiety about starting at all! I have to really deliberately schedule practice with the understanding that the point is to have a lot of “unfinished” work.

Of all the types of exercises I use, regular figure drawing improves my work in general the most. This month I’ve been dedicating 10-30 minutes a day to drawing figures, and it’s been really helpful!

If you’re looking for someplace to practice too, a few good sites for timed figure drawing practice are SenshiStock Sketch and Sketch Daily, which even has a 30-minute class mode. Practice on, y’all.

Abolish medical debt

Medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in the US, even as many debtors report having health insurance at the time of their illness. If you’re in debt, you’re not alone! Our financial system is designed to keep us down.

I spent most of college drowning in medical debt, despite having had health insurance at the time of my injury. I was cut without warning from my insurance six months later, and unable to get any injury care for years afterward. What a waste!

This is excerpted from Debt Trap, originally published by The Nib. Grab a print copy here.

Holiday Sale! 20% off until Dec 18th

Are you a last minute holiday shopper? ME TOO. In honor of the upcoming, sacred tradition of Holiday Shipping Deadline’s Eve, I’m running the HARRIED HAG HOLIDAY SALE. Every item in my shop is 20% off from now until Dec 18th.