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Stick to the process - it won’t let you down. In the event of coming up with as many quick ideas as possible, there are some that, given a different day, would have won the nomination to be evolved into the most colourful of artwork.
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Sometimes the ideas are just there in the conversation, and they pop up like a gopher in a hole, unsurprised by you just as you’re surprised by them. They practically draw themselves. No it’s like this!

Other days, the conversation is slow, the clouds are heavy, the creative juices are glacial and idea generation requires a concerted effort. And chocolate, caffeine, darts and other habitual dependencies.
So what about some of those ideas that never made it, forever frozen in an archived presentation? Well, every once in a while they cross my path, and they instantly teleport me back to the conversation they came from, which makes me smile, as I’ve had the pleasure of visually collaborating with some loverly people.
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Wizard of Pollution
The idea above was one of many created for #breakfreefromplastic for last year's World Ocean Day.


For a while now, I’ve been using the Carbo app to take a photo of the many hand-drawn sketched ideas in order to solidify the black, and knock out the background.
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It’s pretty useful for popping a quick visual idea in a document, which (like cracking Dad jokes) I do with irrepressible regularity...

This doodle was created on paper for Grant Potter for being generally brilliant.
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My spuds need liquid love
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Bob, you're on mute
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Open Source Motivations

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