Art That’s Cool – Ian Barnard

You can check out his site and work here:


I love these big bold letters that he uses.   I also love his sayings and so again I am pondering the question,”Where do you draw your inspiration from?”

Here is what I have learned.

-passionate about typography and lettering

-creates every weekday

-he sells on Creative Market

-he has a love of community like connecting with other artists

-yes he really goes out and helps youth by talking to them

-he seems an all around humble person and it shows with the messages he delivers in every art piece he creates.


I know that I have shown you artists from across the line but its for two good reasons. You need to tell your story as an artist and that means telling your story-your values-your hope-dreams-purpose and fill in the blank.

Oh and you have to practice and draw inspiration from the world around you. Doing what you love is a fabulous way to start.

Art That’s Cool -Allen Say



At an early age  Allen dreamed of being  cartoonist and this was my favorite part of the story.  To succeed at anything in life you have to be adventurous and step out of your comfort zone no matter how crazy it may seem.

He was also encouraged by his father’s friend to go to art school.  A teacher told him,”Someone like you should draw 14 hours a day. I am so captivated by these words because it reminds me to practice so much and dismiss those instances where I make mistakes.

What inspires me the most is the answer to a fabulous question,”Where do you draw your inspiration? ”

Allen drew his inspiration from the world around him-as evidenced in the above picture. Everywhere he went he brought with him a notebook an drew. He drew his teachers and even his experience migrating here all the way from Japan. I will never forget the part when he was left with little money and really needed a job. He actually did get a   job and one that would pay him much more than he had expected.

There are so many lessons to be learned from this book so please check it out.

Allen drew inspiration from being featured in a comic from another artist.

Allen Say is an inspiration to me because he lived his dream and drew with his heart.. He  many wonderful children’ books and  that’s something I want to do. For more about all his books and illustrations head here:




Hand Lettering 5000 or 10,000 times

1108151913a[2]I had a low point the other day with lettering. It is hard to keep your heart on the love and passion for what you are doing. You may get frustrated because you have a brilliant idea but the skills jut aren’t there yet. I drew and drew and then I thought I am going to keep things simple and decorate this jar. A little wonderland inspiration and my favorite color-well one of my favorite colors and here it is.  Never never give up!