October 14th 2000
YouCanDraw.com's Insiders Communique
In this issue -
1) Note: Insider's Loft back on line
2) First Aid for "tough drawing" days
1) Note: For any of you who've had a problem accessing the Insider's Artist
Loft in the last 48 hours, it's back on line. Periodically the server goes
down for maintenance. Sorry for any inconvenience.
2) Hi all,
Hope you're in the middle of or had a great weekend. From time to time I get
requests for help from folks who're frustrated and just can't seem to get
started or motivated. There's lots of reasons why this happens - unable to
find the time, can't find a private area, been meaning to get to it...
all sound familiar to me: I've said them all myself. Even though the
atmosphere caricatures are conceived in is meant to be fun, having fun
getting there might be a little more elusive. So what follows today is a
hodge-podge, a little "first aid" grab bag of tid-bits and sites to get you
back moving! (BTW - I'm not getting paid for passing these sites on to you. :-)
First, see April 29th's Communiqué for one approach to dealing with trying times.
Looking at some of the topics in the Archives in general might spur you on -
glance over the titles of the different issues:
Julie Cameron's wonderful books
For those of you working your way through or want to work your way through
Julie Cameron's most excellent book "The Artist's Way", her site is at:
This woman has really struck a vein - she's probably single-handedly been
the catalyst for getting more people excited about pursuing their artistic
goals than any one person living right now. She doesn't preach, she doesn't
rah-rah you, she gets you moving. And that alone (IMHO), is worth it's
weight in gold. And speaking of gold...
She's also released a second book in the last 18 months: "Vein of Gold" - if
you've gotten through the "Artist's Way", and looking for more ideas this
book is the motherload! You might even find half a dozen (or more) other
areas of interest you need to explore - drawing might just be the tip of the
iceberg. Here's the Amazon link:
If it's a pep talk you need here's a site recommended to me by a friend:
"Motivational quotes" I haven't checked it out any more than a surface scan
but it looks pretty complete - (Julia Cameron's site is even listed there):
Now I caricatured this next guy a few weeks back but here's a related site:
Mr. Tony Robbin's "Dreamlife" - it might be an unofficial site but there's
lots of info here - and lot of it for free. Free e-zine too. Actually I just
looked a little closer - he's heavily promoted here but it's not his site -
his link is there though:
Noah St. John
Other free motivational e-zines you can sign up for: Noah St John's "Success
Clinic of America". Noah sends out a monthly free e-zine that covers various
topics in the area of success - why people tend to avoid it, are actually
scared of it (!) and what to do get around that fear. Here's his link:
And as long as we're heading down this vein, for those of us really stuck,
here's a quip about a group called "A.R.T.S. Anonymous" - a 12-step program
for those who know how creative they are but just can't seem to tap into it
- avoidance, envy, resentment, all that fun stuff. That's what these guys
And a contact address for ARTS Anonymous:
For a list of international meetings, contact A. R. T. S. Anonymous, Box 175
Ansonia Station, New York, NY 10023, USA.
Some times the best way into a tough situation is through the back door -
i.e., through an entirely unrelated approach....which is why I included the
following two links on corporate brainstorming and training. At the root of
hatching new ideas and learning new skills is using all parts of your brain:
left and right sides. (Sound familiar?) These sites underscore that need.
This first link is for trainers and gives short descriptions to a whole
gang of training techniques - different methods people have used to get
other people motivated and excited about learning a new skill, role playing,
and a whole gang of spin-off ideas. All can be tailored to your own specific
situation. Check this out for a list of different approaches:
Just plain fun brainstorming:
Read about Doug Hall's "Eureka! Stimulus Response" approach to getting new
ideas - this guy is all about fun, making brainstorm sessions a gas instead
of a "braindrain". When you see "Romper Ranch" you'll know you've arrived at
the right place. (And no, it's not in Nevada. :-) Their motto: "Where
serious fun is the root of innovation".
Small Business ideas - using a different "back door" to get you fired up
For those of you closer to running or already running your own e-business
here's a great small business resource: Dr. Ralph Wilson's free e-zine.
You'll find all sorts of topics pertinent to starting, maintaining and
growing your own web business. If you've just thought about starting your
own business, this just might offer the carrot you've been looking for.
Dr. Wilson also has an "industrial" strength version you can sign up for at
For putting together a great marketing plan/campaign: try Madison OnLine's
If any of you have other suggestions, or have ideas that have got you
unstuck in the past and would like to tell the rest of us about them, please
email me and I'll happily post your ideas. Take care and keep on drawing!
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