ChatGPT helps me draw

Sometimes I use ChatGPT to generate reference images for my illustrations. In this case, it wasn’t very helpful. Here is an excerpt from our conversation: Ingrid Can he go much closer to the suitcase with his head, looking for a small item buried in the stuffed suitcase ChatGPT I encountered issues again while attempting to…

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Creating in public

Are you good enough to pursue [insert whatever you want to do]? Probably not. I wasn’t when I started posting drawings on social media. But I knew I wanted to bring more creativity to my professional life, so I documented my attempts at building a business — with ugly drawings. And, what do you know…

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Your Superpower (not what you think)

The way I define “superpower” is maybe different from the norm. It is NOT superhuman strength and perfection. Possibly, it is quite the opposite. It is to be utterly human and still get what you (and your clients) want.    I strongly believe that showing your imperfections is a superpower – now that AI is creating…

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The problem with truth (it’s complicated…)

Here is maybe the biggest obstacle to clarifying your message: You want to tell the truth. “What I do is complicated! There are many layers to my process! Plus, I’m working intuitively, not in a linear way!” But, for clarity and communication’s sake, you should find out how to extract the main points of what…

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Creative compass

Do you have a framework for your business? Here is an idea to get you started. Ask yourself: What two worlds are you bridging with your business?  Identify your main area of business/work – world 2 Identify a completely separate and distinct domain that brings a unique perspective – world 2 The power comes from…

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Are you a yes or a no?

To grow your business YOUR way, you need to be visible. That means you must publish content to the people you want to reach. This can feel uncomfortable! It sounds like this: I hate social media. I don’t want to work for free for these evil corporations! I’m a very private person! What, daily? I…

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Take the pressure off!

Are you one of the many creative people who would love to draw but never get to the point where they think their work is good enough? That was me for the longest time. And as an artist and designer, I beat myself up about not being able to draw the ideas I had in…

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Create a framework

Do you have a defined process when you are working with clients? A (visual) framework is Very Useful for communicating what you do. Especially if what you do is intangible, abstract, and difficult to explain! Once you have defined your framework, you can… Give it a name and use it as an asset! I started…

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Vision Sketch Session!

I have long wanted to offer something affordable that gives you a taste of working with me and is fun and useful. Introducing… The Vision Sketch Session! It works like this: We meet on Zoom for an hour, and I draw your business vision and -challenges. It can be magical! Here is what happened to…

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Red thread message hunt

Very useful red-thread messaging map My ears always perk up when I hear about a storytelling or messaging recipe. When I found Tamsen Webster’s “Red thread” storytelling framework, I immediately translated it into a visual map – sprinkled with my own ideas.   Start with WHO If you’re not sure about your niche, print a…

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Being an entrepreneur

Here are some reasons why I enjoy being an entrepreneur, and not working for somebody else. But still, I wouldn’t want to change a thing! Because… (see images!) What about you? What do you enjoy about being an entrepreneur… or about NOT being one? —  

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3-minutes LiLLustration

How long does it take to find (or generate…) an image to go with your Linkedin post? I bet that doing a little drawing is faster and more fun. Ok, it might take a couple of hours to learn the basics. (I’ll offer a Crash Course in Simple illustration soon!) Once you have some figures…

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The toothache approach to happiness

These drawings are inspired by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh: When I have a toothache, I discover that not having a toothache is a wonderful thing. I had to have a toothache to know that not having one is wonderful. My non-toothache is peace, is joy. But when I do not have a toothache, I do not…

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Pink Spoon for Pain Brain?

The other day, I did a “Superpower Session” with Beth Cox. Beth is a yoga/movement instructor specializing in chronic pain. She helps her clients with specific movements AND the mindset side, which is important for chronic conditions. Beth calls it “dealing with the pain brain”. Brand Story As a chronic pain sufferer herself, Beth knows…

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Offer a dance – Dance with your offer

I’ve been reflecting on “making an offer” lately. Back in my graphic design days, when I just relied on word-of-mouth, I didn’t make offers. The word alone made me queasy. But now, I see “offer” in a different light. It is not (necessarily) salesy. Offering your work is also about connecting, about sharing a part of…

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Shiny Project Syndrome?

I had a blast sketching live at the Sorø City “Light Festival on Saturday. People were surprised and delighted that there was a real person (me!) drawing, and they could see my drawings emerge in real time on the big facade.      Given their popularity, I reflected on whether to promote these “Lilluminations” more -…

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Your Creative Genius Layer

There’s an endless number of layers to ‘you’, but to simplify things, here are three: The ordinary “everyday you”, that takes care of business, reads emails and wipes noses. Your “brand persona” costume you take on when you publish content. Depending on your brand, it is knowledgable, fun or irreverent. But then there is another…

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Make a point

I was asked the other day how I got started with my business. It is difficult to define the point where I got started, because it feels more like a long process than one point in time. Yes, there were milestones, like when I discovered that drawing could be easy. Or when I posted my…

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How can I make it fun?

Are you struggling with procrastination? Always on a quest to find the best tricks to become more productive? Me too. I started reading Ali Abdaal’s book “Feel Good Productivity”. (Sidenote: Ali is a wildly successful YouTuber, who I found a few years ago because he was talking about sketchnotes on the iPad. Now he is…

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Headache for Clarity

I see it time and time over with my clients and students: They are great at what they are doing. They have worked a long time to perfect their craft. Now, they try to convey every nuance of their thinking and the thinking behind the thinking. And often they talk about what THEY do instead of…

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