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Mar 20Liked by Mitchell Volk

Awesome interview with one of my favorite people!!! Please tell Lynda substack needs her!! Will be eagerly awaiting her arrival!

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I second this. Lynda Barry is a Goddess.

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May 23Liked by Mitchell Volk

No question.

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Oh yes that would be awesome!

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I feel like I could print off 100 things from this post as inspirational posters - love all of this!

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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this!! Feeling like I should get back and start bad drawing againnn

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You should!

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Mar 22Liked by Mitchell Volk

This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing! The chair of our graphic design department (circa 2008) required that all assignments were done by hand. I learned so much about letterforms from painstakingly painting them with gouache. Also learned the delicate balance of drinking enough coffee to stay up late working but not too much so my hands would shake because I definitely could not paint letters with shaky hands.

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Oh wow I bet you would learn so much working that way! I could see that being simultaneously frustrating and rewarding.

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And now I know something about Lynda Barry! A very curious individual. We need to nurture more of that. Curiosity. It's there, in the kids. And then something happens - life and all that jazz, I guess. And some of us forget to tap back into it. Thanks for sharing. Love it.

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She does a great job of helping people tap back into it.

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Mar 18Liked by Mitchell Volk

WELP I love this visit to Lynda Barry's classroom so much! The comics room name as alter ego is particularly great (I pick Knotted Tree!)

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ooooo I love Knotted Tree

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This was fantastic, thank you. I'm going to use "drawing as a way of thinking" on my next batch of nature journaling students.

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Mar 25Liked by Mitchell Volk

That video took me all the way back to middle school yearbook!

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A delightful read, thanks for sharing!

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I keep what I call « throwaway sketchbooks » when I encounter art block. Little cheap sketchbooks that I write BAD ART ONLY on the front. I’ve explained to my students that it gives me a space to create without the pressure of it being my best work, gives me a space to experiment etc. Loved the points about making bad art on purpose.

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I love the idea of make bad things on purpose. It's practice with no pressure :)

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Loved getting to read this and thank you for sharing!

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Me encanto esta ¿¿¿??? entrevista, lo cierto es que siento que amplie mi vision, y es que cuando se trata de crear, ya sea un dibujo o una historia, la practica despierta nuestras neuronas, nuestras ideas, y es que "se aprende haciendo, asi sea un error" , o lo que encontramos erroneo en un primer momento, podemos sacar algo genial. Me encanta esta profe y sus ideas, hasta me inspire para comprar libretas, lapices y colores y empezar a dibujar, voy a hacerlo...

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dear mitchell,

thank you for sharing this!

“I was going to think of that!” is incredible.

love lynda barry! love all of this! thank you again for sharing!

love,

myq

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