… my dreams are mostly in what I’ll make, rather than what I’ll have.

Uses This is an interview site. They interview creative people to talk about what they use to make their art. The last question they always ask is “What is your dream setup?”

Dream setup

As much as I love taking a peek into people’s creative toolboxes, and exploring all the tools I can, it’s not really important which pen or app I use, is it?

I’m more interested in process, the repeated actions to create things than the tools that are used. Maybe I’m coming around to this later in life than I should have. I hope it gives me the time, space, and energy to focus on more important things.

What I want to make: Connections via images, words and conversations.


Art is a way to express oneself. Ideally artists make things that make a personal statement. Reactions to the creation can drive discussion and understanding. Making art is one of the ways we’ll get through all the challenges we face. Hasn’t it always been that way?


I’m drawing a lot more these days. At work I draw ideas to help teams communicate better. Practictioners of this kind of work call it something like “Visual Communication”. At home I’m using the same techniques and process to eventually make some comics or zines. More on that soon.

Also, I’ve rewritten this article several times. Each time it sounds pretentious or from a place of privilege. Sometime both. Maybe it still does?


In my book, a garden is a work of art. So is code. So are craft projects.

  • What are you working on?
  • Has making something helped you cope with the state of the world?
  • What is standing in your way of making something?

Some recent doodles

Hero’s Journey

Too much noise

Practicing shadows and highlights