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Sometimes You Need to Draw Animals

Hannah Donovan
September 17, 2013

Sometimes You Need to Draw Animals

In 2011 I quit my job at Last.fm, clinging to what was left of my ability to make things – which, at the time, wasn’t a hell of a lot. Since then, I’ve spent the majority of my personal time working on this as a design problem. Not just fixing what was broken, but redesigning the architecture to prevent it from happening again.

As makers, burnout is something we all face. It might be big, it might small. Mine was pretty big. This is the story I’m going to tell you.

(Presented at JSConf EU 2013, Berlin)

Hannah Donovan

September 17, 2013
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  1. YOU NEED
    ANIMALS
    Somet
    imes
    t
    o d
    raw
    +$11$+'2129$1Ť

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  2. I’m a full-stack
    designer and I make
    music products. London, where everyone looks
    like this obv.
    I’m @han
    HELLO!

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  3. Last.fm
    Drinkify

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  4. Last.fm
    Drinkify
    This Is My Jam

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  5. Last.fm
    Drinkify
    This Is My Jam

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  6. Last.fm
    Drinkify
    This Is My Jam

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  7. Last.fm
    Drinkify
    This Is My Jam

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  8. Photo credit: Kerstin Joensson

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  9. Design school

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  10. Design school

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  11. Design school

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  12. Design school
    Design job

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  13. Design school
    Design job

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  14. Design school
    Design job
    Better design job in a better city*
    *for design

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  15. Design school
    Design job
    Better design job in a better city*
    *for design
    Awesome design job in an awesome city

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  16. Design school
    Design job
    Better design job in a better city*
    Nothing…
    *for design
    Awesome design job in an awesome city

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  17. APRIL 2011
    Hong kong
    more nothing...

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  18. “I need
    a designer.
    Can you Help?”

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  19. “I need
    a designer.
    Can you Help?”
    “...yes.”

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  20. Enough of me.
    WHY DOES THIS MATTER
    TO YOU?

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  21. MY STORY ISN’T UNIQUE

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  22. This will probably happen to you too
    (if it hasn’t already).
    MY STORY ISN’T UNIQUE

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  23. MY STORY ISN’T UNIQUE

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  24. As makers, you’d think one of the
    most important things to learn would
    be how to take care of our abilities

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  25. As makers, you’d think one of the
    most important things to learn would
    be how to take care of our abilities
    I’M NOT CONVINCED THAT HAPPENS

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  26. And because we don’t talk about
    this problem…

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  27. And because we don’t talk about
    this problem…
    IT’S SELF REINFORCING

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  28. FOR “MAKER’S BLOCK”
    APRIL 2011
    Hong kong

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  29. These aren’t just
    about fixing what
    was broken, but
    redesigning how
    I approach making.
    FOR “MAKER’S BLOCK”

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  30. LEARN WHEN
    TO STOP

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  31. LEARN WHEN
    TO STOP

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  32. START WITH
    SOMETHING SHIT

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  33. START WITH
    SOMETHING SHIT

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  34. START WITH
    SOMETHING SHIT
    Shit first iteration of a profile screen

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  35. START WITH
    SOMETHING SHIT
    Shit first iteration of a profile screen
    Profile screen today

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  36. LET ACTION CREATE
    MOTIVATION

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  37. CREATE PATTERNS FOR
    PERSONAL SERENDIPITY

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  38. DO SOMETHING
    DIFFERENT

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  39. Commemorative Last.fm planning poker cards

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  40. Commemorative Last.fm planning poker cards
    Infographics for Invincible Iron Man #33 back up story (collaboration with Jamie McKelvie)

    View full-size slide

  41. Commemorative Last.fm planning poker cards
    Infographics for Invincible Iron Man #33 back up story (collaboration with Jamie McKelvie)
    Design for Art Brut’s ‘Brilliant! Tragic!’
    (collaboration with Jamie McKelvie)
    6
    8
    7
    She says she no longer has time for fiction
    Well I disagree
    If I have to live in this world
    I want something better to read
    Maybe you arrived on your own
    But you won’t be leaving alone
    I’m still here, just dog eared
    You say people misunderstand you
    Well I get misunderstood too
    So let’s hang around together
    And we can misunderstand each other
    Maybe you arrived on your own
    But you won’t be leaving alone
    I’m still here, just dog eared
    We’ve found a plot of land
    Just for ourselves
    We’ve started digging foundations
    If you want to help
    I’m still here, Just dog eared
    I still see every schoolboy crush
    as a missed opportunity
    I want to turn up at their houses
    See if they remember me
    Monday morning double maths
    You at the front me at the back
    Martin Kemp Welch 5-A-Side
    Football Rules
    That’s all I learnt in school
    Self portraits drawn in charcoal and chalk
    A wavy line where I tried to talk
    I used to dream of walking you home from school
    And seeing the posters on your bedroom wall
    Martin Kemp Welch 5-A-Side
    Football Rules
    That’s all they taught me at school
    This world is fucked
    And you’re an idiot
    Take a long look at my middle digit
    Trouble at home
    And at school
    But you’re watching over me from my
    bedroom wall
    When the world’s got you by the fucking throat
    Who do you want in your corner? Axl Rose
    No one understands me or even comes close
    Who have I got in my corner? Axl Rose
    No one’s going to tell me what to do
    I’m going to do what the hell I want to
    When the world’s got you by the fucking throat
    Who do you want in your corner? Axl Rose
    No one understands me or even comes close
    Who have I got in my corner? Axl Rose
    I want to give the world the finger
    With the exception of my favourite lead singer
    I want to give the world the finger
    With the exception of my favourite lead singer
    FUCK OFF
    I know what you’re all thinking
    That I know what you’ve all been thinking
    You had to put in the hours
    I was born with special powers
    ESP IS GOOD FOR ME
    I am the psychic
    There is no point in whispering
    All your secrets I can hear them
    I’ve seen every scene you’re in
    I know every sin you’ve sinned
    ESP IS GOOD FOR ME
    I am the psychic
    Second guessing is doing your head in
    You can try and hide your thoughts
    But you will get caught
    I am the psychic
    Is Dog
    Eared (6:17)
    5 Martin Kemp Welch
    5-A-Side Football
    Rules (2:14)
    Axl Rose (3:28)
    I Am The Psychic
    (2:44)
    & © 2011 Art Brut under exclusive license to Cooking Vinyl Ltd. A
    ll
    Rights of the producer and owner of recorded work reserved. Unauthorised copying, hirin
    g, renting, public performance and broadcasting of this record is prohibited. LC:7180
    M
    ade
    In
    The
    EU
    | www.cookingvinyl.com | [email protected]
    BRILLIANT! TRAGIC!
    ART BRUT

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  42. Commemorative Last.fm planning poker cards
    Infographics for Invincible Iron Man #33 back up story (collaboration with Jamie McKelvie)
    Design for Art Brut’s ‘Brilliant! Tragic!’
    (collaboration with Jamie McKelvie)
    6
    8
    7
    She says she no longer has time for fiction
    Well I disagree
    If I have to live in this world
    I want something better to read
    Maybe you arrived on your own
    But you won’t be leaving alone
    I’m still here, just dog eared
    You say people misunderstand you
    Well I get misunderstood too
    So let’s hang around together
    And we can misunderstand each other
    Maybe you arrived on your own
    But you won’t be leaving alone
    I’m still here, just dog eared
    We’ve found a plot of land
    Just for ourselves
    We’ve started digging foundations
    If you want to help
    I’m still here, Just dog eared
    I still see every schoolboy crush
    as a missed opportunity
    I want to turn up at their houses
    See if they remember me
    Monday morning double maths
    You at the front me at the back
    Martin Kemp Welch 5-A-Side
    Football Rules
    That’s all I learnt in school
    Self portraits drawn in charcoal and chalk
    A wavy line where I tried to talk
    I used to dream of walking you home from school
    And seeing the posters on your bedroom wall
    Martin Kemp Welch 5-A-Side
    Football Rules
    That’s all they taught me at school
    This world is fucked
    And you’re an idiot
    Take a long look at my middle digit
    Trouble at home
    And at school
    But you’re watching over me from my
    bedroom wall
    When the world’s got you by the fucking throat
    Who do you want in your corner? Axl Rose
    No one understands me or even comes close
    Who have I got in my corner? Axl Rose
    No one’s going to tell me what to do
    I’m going to do what the hell I want to
    When the world’s got you by the fucking throat
    Who do you want in your corner? Axl Rose
    No one understands me or even comes close
    Who have I got in my corner? Axl Rose
    I want to give the world the finger
    With the exception of my favourite lead singer
    I want to give the world the finger
    With the exception of my favourite lead singer
    FUCK OFF
    I know what you’re all thinking
    That I know what you’ve all been thinking
    You had to put in the hours
    I was born with special powers
    ESP IS GOOD FOR ME
    I am the psychic
    There is no point in whispering
    All your secrets I can hear them
    I’ve seen every scene you’re in
    I know every sin you’ve sinned
    ESP IS GOOD FOR ME
    I am the psychic
    Second guessing is doing your head in
    You can try and hide your thoughts
    But you will get caught
    I am the psychic
    Is Dog
    Eared (6:17)
    5 Martin Kemp Welch
    5-A-Side Football
    Rules (2:14)
    Axl Rose (3:28)
    I Am The Psychic
    (2:44)
    & © 2011 Art Brut under exclusive license to Cooking Vinyl Ltd. A
    ll
    Rights of the producer and owner of recorded work reserved. Unauthorised copying, hirin
    g, renting, public performance and broadcasting of this record is prohibited. LC:7180
    M
    ade
    In
    The
    EU
    | www.cookingvinyl.com | [email protected]
    BRILLIANT! TRAGIC!
    ART BRUT
    Commemorative cookbook of my grandmothers’s recipes
    (Collaboration with Monika Wensel & Sophie Wensel)
    VICKI’S KITCHEN
    by Victoria Koller
    A collection of
    heritage recipes
    and their stories.
    92 | Holidays
    BARSZCZ (Beet Soup)
    [BARSH-ch] Strain this Polish soup or leave it unstrained for an
    everyday meal. On Christmas Eve, it is more special with uszka (soup
    dumplings). It has been the main course of the traditionally meatless
    Christmas Eve meal at Kathy’s home for years.
    Cook beets by boiling in water. Remove and drain. Let cool, peel and grate.
    Chop onion and sauté in oil until transluscent. Grate carrots, beets and cabbage (if
    using) and add to onions. Cover with vegetable stock and add honey, vinegar, and
    salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil and simmer.
    Top with sour cream and parsley. For Christmas Eve, place 3 to 4 uszka (p. 94–95) in
    the bottom of the bowl before ladling in barszcz.
    Serves 12.
    stalk
    ½ cup
    cups
    ¼ cup
    ¼ cup
    for garnish
    celery
    onion
    carrots
    beets
    cabbage if desired
    vegetable stock
    honey
    white vinegar
    parsley
    0 VICKI’S TIPS 0
    If you have sauerkraut in the fridge, use some
    of the brine in place of white vinegar.
    Add 1 can tomato soup for a smooth, thicker
    consistency
    Holidays | 93
    94 | Holidays
    USZKA (Soup Dumplings)
    [OOSH-ka] Uszka means “little ears” in Polish. These dumplings are
    usually served in Barszcz (p. 92–93).
    Dough
    Mix flour, egg and oil. Knead slightly. Cover and refrigerate while preparing filling.
    Filling
    Fry onions and oil in a large saucepan. Add mushrooms, lemon juice, salt and
    pepper. Combine bread crumbs and parsley into the mixture. Once fully cooked,
    allow to cool. Refrigerate.
    Assembly
    Roll the dough out as thinly as you can (the secret is in the thin dough!). Keep extra
    dough covered so it does not dry out.
    Cut into 1½" or 2" squares. Place ½ teaspoon of filling on each square. Pinch edges
    together to form a triangle. Position with the hypotenuse at the bottom. Fold the
    top down, then the left and right corners in and pinch or tie the corners together.
    Drop into rapidly boiling, salted water, no more than a few uszka at a time. Cook
    for approximately five minutes or until they float to the top. Remove with a slotted
    spoon. Toss lightly with melted butter.
    To serve, place a few uszka in a bowl and ladle hot barszcz over top.
    cups
    Tbsp
    ½ lb
    Tbsp
    ½ Tbsp
    Tbsp
    to taste
    to taste
    flour
    egg
    oil
    mushrooms
    onion minced
    vegetable oil
    bread crumbs
    lemon juice
    salt
    pepper
    0 VICKI’S TIPS 0
    Filling is best if made the day ahead.
    Save a small amount of pierogi
    dough to make uszka.
    Holidays | 95
    1. Put filling on square of dough.
    2. Fold dough over and pinch to seal.
    3. Fold down top, then corners.
    4. Pinch or tie corners to secure.

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  43. Commemorative Last.fm planning poker cards
    Infographics for Invincible Iron Man #33 back up story (collaboration with Jamie McKelvie)
    Design for Art Brut’s ‘Brilliant! Tragic!’
    (collaboration with Jamie McKelvie)
    6
    8
    7
    She says she no longer has time for fiction
    Well I disagree
    If I have to live in this world
    I want something better to read
    Maybe you arrived on your own
    But you won’t be leaving alone
    I’m still here, just dog eared
    You say people misunderstand you
    Well I get misunderstood too
    So let’s hang around together
    And we can misunderstand each other
    Maybe you arrived on your own
    But you won’t be leaving alone
    I’m still here, just dog eared
    We’ve found a plot of land
    Just for ourselves
    We’ve started digging foundations
    If you want to help
    I’m still here, Just dog eared
    I still see every schoolboy crush
    as a missed opportunity
    I want to turn up at their houses
    See if they remember me
    Monday morning double maths
    You at the front me at the back
    Martin Kemp Welch 5-A-Side
    Football Rules
    That’s all I learnt in school
    Self portraits drawn in charcoal and chalk
    A wavy line where I tried to talk
    I used to dream of walking you home from school
    And seeing the posters on your bedroom wall
    Martin Kemp Welch 5-A-Side
    Football Rules
    That’s all they taught me at school
    This world is fucked
    And you’re an idiot
    Take a long look at my middle digit
    Trouble at home
    And at school
    But you’re watching over me from my
    bedroom wall
    When the world’s got you by the fucking throat
    Who do you want in your corner? Axl Rose
    No one understands me or even comes close
    Who have I got in my corner? Axl Rose
    No one’s going to tell me what to do
    I’m going to do what the hell I want to
    When the world’s got you by the fucking throat
    Who do you want in your corner? Axl Rose
    No one understands me or even comes close
    Who have I got in my corner? Axl Rose
    I want to give the world the finger
    With the exception of my favourite lead singer
    I want to give the world the finger
    With the exception of my favourite lead singer
    FUCK OFF
    I know what you’re all thinking
    That I know what you’ve all been thinking
    You had to put in the hours
    I was born with special powers
    ESP IS GOOD FOR ME
    I am the psychic
    There is no point in whispering
    All your secrets I can hear them
    I’ve seen every scene you’re in
    I know every sin you’ve sinned
    ESP IS GOOD FOR ME
    I am the psychic
    Second guessing is doing your head in
    You can try and hide your thoughts
    But you will get caught
    I am the psychic
    Is Dog
    Eared (6:17)
    5 Martin Kemp Welch
    5-A-Side Football
    Rules (2:14)
    Axl Rose (3:28)
    I Am The Psychic
    (2:44)
    & © 2011 Art Brut under exclusive license to Cooking Vinyl Ltd. A
    ll
    Rights of the producer and owner of recorded work reserved. Unauthorised copying, hirin
    g, renting, public performance and broadcasting of this record is prohibited. LC:7180
    M
    ade
    In
    The
    EU
    | www.cookingvinyl.com | [email protected]
    BRILLIANT! TRAGIC!
    ART BRUT
    Commemorative cookbook of my grandmothers’s recipes
    (Collaboration with Monika Wensel & Sophie Wensel)
    VICKI’S KITCHEN
    by Victoria Koller
    A collection of
    heritage recipes
    and their stories.
    92 | Holidays
    BARSZCZ (Beet Soup)
    [BARSH-ch] Strain this Polish soup or leave it unstrained for an
    everyday meal. On Christmas Eve, it is more special with uszka (soup
    dumplings). It has been the main course of the traditionally meatless
    Christmas Eve meal at Kathy’s home for years.
    Cook beets by boiling in water. Remove and drain. Let cool, peel and grate.
    Chop onion and sauté in oil until transluscent. Grate carrots, beets and cabbage (if
    using) and add to onions. Cover with vegetable stock and add honey, vinegar, and
    salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil and simmer.
    Top with sour cream and parsley. For Christmas Eve, place 3 to 4 uszka (p. 94–95) in
    the bottom of the bowl before ladling in barszcz.
    Serves 12.
    stalk
    ½ cup
    cups
    ¼ cup
    ¼ cup
    for garnish
    celery
    onion
    carrots
    beets
    cabbage if desired
    vegetable stock
    honey
    white vinegar
    parsley
    0 VICKI’S TIPS 0
    If you have sauerkraut in the fridge, use some
    of the brine in place of white vinegar.
    Add 1 can tomato soup for a smooth, thicker
    consistency
    Holidays | 93
    94 | Holidays
    USZKA (Soup Dumplings)
    [OOSH-ka] Uszka means “little ears” in Polish. These dumplings are
    usually served in Barszcz (p. 92–93).
    Dough
    Mix flour, egg and oil. Knead slightly. Cover and refrigerate while preparing filling.
    Filling
    Fry onions and oil in a large saucepan. Add mushrooms, lemon juice, salt and
    pepper. Combine bread crumbs and parsley into the mixture. Once fully cooked,
    allow to cool. Refrigerate.
    Assembly
    Roll the dough out as thinly as you can (the secret is in the thin dough!). Keep extra
    dough covered so it does not dry out.
    Cut into 1½" or 2" squares. Place ½ teaspoon of filling on each square. Pinch edges
    together to form a triangle. Position with the hypotenuse at the bottom. Fold the
    top down, then the left and right corners in and pinch or tie the corners together.
    Drop into rapidly boiling, salted water, no more than a few uszka at a time. Cook
    for approximately five minutes or until they float to the top. Remove with a slotted
    spoon. Toss lightly with melted butter.
    To serve, place a few uszka in a bowl and ladle hot barszcz over top.
    cups
    Tbsp
    ½ lb
    Tbsp
    ½ Tbsp
    Tbsp
    to taste
    to taste
    flour
    egg
    oil
    mushrooms
    onion minced
    vegetable oil
    bread crumbs
    lemon juice
    salt
    pepper
    0 VICKI’S TIPS 0
    Filling is best if made the day ahead.
    Save a small amount of pierogi
    dough to make uszka.
    Holidays | 95
    1. Put filling on square of dough.
    2. Fold dough over and pinch to seal.
    3. Fold down top, then corners.
    4. Pinch or tie corners to secure.
    Identity for the Manhattans Project
    LONG
    VINEGARED G&T
    Hendrick’s Gin, elderflower and tonic with a
    smidgen of dessert wine vinegar. Refinement
    personified, then turned into a drink. £8
    ITALIAN PALE ALE
    Flying Dog ipa and Campari, served over ice
    with a grapefruit wedge. To be honest, we
    didn’t expect it either. £7
    HOUSE CLASSICS
    TOM COLLINS
    LADY MACBETH
    SHERRY COBBLER
    RED HOOK
    A rotating list of classics we think deserve a
    little more attention. All £8
    At the Manhattans Project, we like great booze,
    strong drinks and have a penchant for classics.
    We like questions too, so please talk to us if you
    have any about the menu.
    No vertical drinking. Discretionary 12.5%
    service added.
    SHORT
    HOUSE MANHATTAN
    Rittenhouse 100, softened with cognac,
    rounded with a blend of vermouths and
    topped with a homemade brandied cherry. It’s
    pretty much our thing. £10
    MOONSHINE BOULEVARDIER
    Redneck Georgia Moon goes to finishing
    school with Aperol, Campari, Cocchi
    vermouth and peach liqueur. Dang she done
    scrub up purdy fine. £10
    GREENGAGE OLD FASHIONED
    Bourbon’s night off. La Penca mezcal
    brightened with old-timey greengage
    syrup, stirred down over ice with a dash of
    Peychaud’s bitters. £10
    LAPSANG MARTINEZ
    Fruity Tanqueray 10, Lapsang tea and Talisker,
    mellowed with Antica formula. Smoky and
    complex; half Churchill, half Roosevelt. £10
    7 RUM MAI TAI
    If you like rum so much why don’t you go live
    there? A Tiki mix of seven rums, manhandled
    into submission with almond syrup and fresh
    citrus. £10
    CLASSIC COCKTAILS DONE RIGHT
    PDQKDWWDQVSURMHFWFRPŤWZLWWHUPDQKDWWDQVPRJCTŤIDFHERRNPDQKDWWDQVSURMHFW

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  44. Commemorative Last.fm planning poker cards
    Infographics for Invincible Iron Man #33 back up story (collaboration with Jamie McKelvie)
    Design for Art Brut’s ‘Brilliant! Tragic!’
    (collaboration with Jamie McKelvie)
    6
    8
    7
    She says she no longer has time for fiction
    Well I disagree
    If I have to live in this world
    I want something better to read
    Maybe you arrived on your own
    But you won’t be leaving alone
    I’m still here, just dog eared
    You say people misunderstand you
    Well I get misunderstood too
    So let’s hang around together
    And we can misunderstand each other
    Maybe you arrived on your own
    But you won’t be leaving alone
    I’m still here, just dog eared
    We’ve found a plot of land
    Just for ourselves
    We’ve started digging foundations
    If you want to help
    I’m still here, Just dog eared
    I still see every schoolboy crush
    as a missed opportunity
    I want to turn up at their houses
    See if they remember me
    Monday morning double maths
    You at the front me at the back
    Martin Kemp Welch 5-A-Side
    Football Rules
    That’s all I learnt in school
    Self portraits drawn in charcoal and chalk
    A wavy line where I tried to talk
    I used to dream of walking you home from school
    And seeing the posters on your bedroom wall
    Martin Kemp Welch 5-A-Side
    Football Rules
    That’s all they taught me at school
    This world is fucked
    And you’re an idiot
    Take a long look at my middle digit
    Trouble at home
    And at school
    But you’re watching over me from my
    bedroom wall
    When the world’s got you by the fucking throat
    Who do you want in your corner? Axl Rose
    No one understands me or even comes close
    Who have I got in my corner? Axl Rose
    No one’s going to tell me what to do
    I’m going to do what the hell I want to
    When the world’s got you by the fucking throat
    Who do you want in your corner? Axl Rose
    No one understands me or even comes close
    Who have I got in my corner? Axl Rose
    I want to give the world the finger
    With the exception of my favourite lead singer
    I want to give the world the finger
    With the exception of my favourite lead singer
    FUCK OFF
    I know what you’re all thinking
    That I know what you’ve all been thinking
    You had to put in the hours
    I was born with special powers
    ESP IS GOOD FOR ME
    I am the psychic
    There is no point in whispering
    All your secrets I can hear them
    I’ve seen every scene you’re in
    I know every sin you’ve sinned
    ESP IS GOOD FOR ME
    I am the psychic
    Second guessing is doing your head in
    You can try and hide your thoughts
    But you will get caught
    I am the psychic
    Is Dog
    Eared (6:17)
    5 Martin Kemp Welch
    5-A-Side Football
    Rules (2:14)
    Axl Rose (3:28)
    I Am The Psychic
    (2:44)
    & © 2011 Art Brut under exclusive license to Cooking Vinyl Ltd. A
    ll
    Rights of the producer and owner of recorded work reserved. Unauthorised copying, hirin
    g, renting, public performance and broadcasting of this record is prohibited. LC:7180
    M
    ade
    In
    The
    EU
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    BRILLIANT! TRAGIC!
    ART BRUT
    Commemorative cookbook of my grandmothers’s recipes
    (Collaboration with Monika Wensel & Sophie Wensel)
    VICKI’S KITCHEN
    by Victoria Koller
    A collection of
    heritage recipes
    and their stories.
    92 | Holidays
    BARSZCZ (Beet Soup)
    [BARSH-ch] Strain this Polish soup or leave it unstrained for an
    everyday meal. On Christmas Eve, it is more special with uszka (soup
    dumplings). It has been the main course of the traditionally meatless
    Christmas Eve meal at Kathy’s home for years.
    Cook beets by boiling in water. Remove and drain. Let cool, peel and grate.
    Chop onion and sauté in oil until transluscent. Grate carrots, beets and cabbage (if
    using) and add to onions. Cover with vegetable stock and add honey, vinegar, and
    salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil and simmer.
    Top with sour cream and parsley. For Christmas Eve, place 3 to 4 uszka (p. 94–95) in
    the bottom of the bowl before ladling in barszcz.
    Serves 12.
    stalk
    ½ cup
    cups
    ¼ cup
    ¼ cup
    for garnish
    celery
    onion
    carrots
    beets
    cabbage if desired
    vegetable stock
    honey
    white vinegar
    parsley
    0 VICKI’S TIPS 0
    If you have sauerkraut in the fridge, use some
    of the brine in place of white vinegar.
    Add 1 can tomato soup for a smooth, thicker
    consistency
    Holidays | 93
    94 | Holidays
    USZKA (Soup Dumplings)
    [OOSH-ka] Uszka means “little ears” in Polish. These dumplings are
    usually served in Barszcz (p. 92–93).
    Dough
    Mix flour, egg and oil. Knead slightly. Cover and refrigerate while preparing filling.
    Filling
    Fry onions and oil in a large saucepan. Add mushrooms, lemon juice, salt and
    pepper. Combine bread crumbs and parsley into the mixture. Once fully cooked,
    allow to cool. Refrigerate.
    Assembly
    Roll the dough out as thinly as you can (the secret is in the thin dough!). Keep extra
    dough covered so it does not dry out.
    Cut into 1½" or 2" squares. Place ½ teaspoon of filling on each square. Pinch edges
    together to form a triangle. Position with the hypotenuse at the bottom. Fold the
    top down, then the left and right corners in and pinch or tie the corners together.
    Drop into rapidly boiling, salted water, no more than a few uszka at a time. Cook
    for approximately five minutes or until they float to the top. Remove with a slotted
    spoon. Toss lightly with melted butter.
    To serve, place a few uszka in a bowl and ladle hot barszcz over top.
    cups
    Tbsp
    ½ lb
    Tbsp
    ½ Tbsp
    Tbsp
    to taste
    to taste
    flour
    egg
    oil
    mushrooms
    onion minced
    vegetable oil
    bread crumbs
    lemon juice
    salt
    pepper
    0 VICKI’S TIPS 0
    Filling is best if made the day ahead.
    Save a small amount of pierogi
    dough to make uszka.
    Holidays | 95
    1. Put filling on square of dough.
    2. Fold dough over and pinch to seal.
    3. Fold down top, then corners.
    4. Pinch or tie corners to secure.
    Identity for the Manhattans Project
    LONG
    VINEGARED G&T
    Hendrick’s Gin, elderflower and tonic with a
    smidgen of dessert wine vinegar. Refinement
    personified, then turned into a drink. £8
    ITALIAN PALE ALE
    Flying Dog ipa and Campari, served over ice
    with a grapefruit wedge. To be honest, we
    didn’t expect it either. £7
    HOUSE CLASSICS
    TOM COLLINS
    LADY MACBETH
    SHERRY COBBLER
    RED HOOK
    A rotating list of classics we think deserve a
    little more attention. All £8
    At the Manhattans Project, we like great booze,
    strong drinks and have a penchant for classics.
    We like questions too, so please talk to us if you
    have any about the menu.
    No vertical drinking. Discretionary 12.5%
    service added.
    SHORT
    HOUSE MANHATTAN
    Rittenhouse 100, softened with cognac,
    rounded with a blend of vermouths and
    topped with a homemade brandied cherry. It’s
    pretty much our thing. £10
    MOONSHINE BOULEVARDIER
    Redneck Georgia Moon goes to finishing
    school with Aperol, Campari, Cocchi
    vermouth and peach liqueur. Dang she done
    scrub up purdy fine. £10
    GREENGAGE OLD FASHIONED
    Bourbon’s night off. La Penca mezcal
    brightened with old-timey greengage
    syrup, stirred down over ice with a dash of
    Peychaud’s bitters. £10
    LAPSANG MARTINEZ
    Fruity Tanqueray 10, Lapsang tea and Talisker,
    mellowed with Antica formula. Smoky and
    complex; half Churchill, half Roosevelt. £10
    7 RUM MAI TAI
    If you like rum so much why don’t you go live
    there? A Tiki mix of seven rums, manhandled
    into submission with almond syrup and fresh
    citrus. £10
    CLASSIC COCKTAILS DONE RIGHT
    PDQKDWWDQVSURMHFWFRPŤWZLWWHUPDQKDWWDQVPRJCTŤIDFHERRNPDQKDWWDQVSURMHFW
    Design for Salomon Orchestra’s 50th year
    Newman Fox Fanfare
    Williams Star Wars Main Title
    Korngold The Sea Hawk
    Arlen Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz
    Walton Battle & Bailero from Henry V
    Herrmann Salammbo Aria from Citizen Kane
    Gershwin An American in Paris
    Int er val
    Jarre Lawrence of Arabia Overture
    Steiner Tara’s Theme from Gone with the Wind
    Schönberg I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables
    Bernstein On the Town (3 Dance Episodes)
    Goodwin 633 Squadron
    Sample One Day I’ll Fly Away from Moulin Rouge!
    Williams Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter
    Williams Flying Theme from E.T.
    29 June 2013
    C ad o g an Hall
    Philip Ellis
    Conductor
    Olivia Safe
    Vocalist
    Edward
    Secker son
    Compère
    was made for the screen and has only recently been made into a stage show.
    Harold Arlen and his librettist e.y. Harburg were hired by mgm to write the
    songs and they won the 1939 Academy Award for Best Original Song. ‘Over the
    Rainbow’ has subsequently received many accolades including being named
    as the American Film Industry’s “Song of the Century”, and yet mgm ’s chief
    executive, Louis b. Meyer wanted to drop the song as he felt it slowed down the
    dramatic action. How wrong he was!
    SIR WILLIAM TURNER WALTON (1902 – 1983)
    Battle & Bailero from Henry V
    A few years later the Oscar for original score was
    awarded to a British film. When in 1944 Laurance Olivier
    made his film of Shakespeare’s Henry V he invited
    Walton to compose the score. Walton subsequently
    extracted several scenes to create a concert suite, and it
    is the third movement that we hear tonight: ‘Charge and
    Battle’ was the soundtrack to the Battle of Agincourt.
    Walton cleverly contrived to give his music a sense of
    the period, even though his musical language is firmly
    rooted in the twentieth century. As the battle subsides
    he even incorporates a reference to the French folk
    song: ‘Bailero’.
    BERNARD HERRMANN (1911 – 1975)
    Salammbo Aria from Citizen Kane
    Released in 1941, Citizen Kane is regarded by many
    as the greatest film of all time. Directed by and
    starring Orson Welles it is the rags to riches story
    of media tycoon Charles Foster Kane, a character
    based partly on William Randolph Hearst. Its
    importance as a film is due to the innovative
    techniques employed by the director, from telling the
    concert programmes alongside Beethoven, Strauss and Wagner. Following the
    success of the first trilogy, John Williams went on to compose the music for the
    Prequel trilogy in 1999 – 2005 and it has recently been announced that he will
    continue to work on the project as it enters its third phase in 2014.
    ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD (1897 – 1957)
    Sea Hawk
    Of course using leitmotifs in film scores was nothing new. A
    generation earlier Erich Korngold was winning Oscars using
    the same compositional techniques. In the early years of the
    twentieth century Korngold impressed both Mahler and Strauss
    with his youthful compositions and by the early 1930’s he had
    established himself as one of Europe’s leading composers of
    concertos and operas. He was originally invited to Hollywood in
    1934 to work on an adaptation of Mendelssohn’s music for A Midsummer Night’s
    Dream, and then, four years later, Warner Brothers invited him back to work on a
    new project. It was during this visit that Germany annexed Austria and it became
    too dangerous for Korngold, a Jew, to return home. He settled in California and
    incorporated operatic techniques into his film music, winning an Academy Award
    in 1938 for his original score to The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Errol
    Flynn. He was nominated again in 1940 for his next project, another historical
    swashbuckler, but in The Sea Hawk Errol Flynn was cast as a heroic English
    sea-captain in the time of the Armada. In this music Korngold used leitmotif
    development to compose a symphonic score that has stood the test of time more
    successfully than the film itself.
    HAROLD ARLEN (1905 – 1986)
    Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz
    Judy Garland’s signature song was the Oscar-winning:
    ‘Over the Rainbow’ from the 1939 mgm musical
    fantasy The Wizard of Oz. Unlike many film musicals,
    which are adaptations of existing stage shows, this
    programme.indd 6 18/06/2013 01:01

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    Infographics for Invincible Iron Man #33 back up story (collaboration with Jamie McKelvie)
    Design for Art Brut’s ‘Brilliant! Tragic!’
    (collaboration with Jamie McKelvie)
    6
    8
    7
    She says she no longer has time for fiction
    Well I disagree
    If I have to live in this world
    I want something better to read
    Maybe you arrived on your own
    But you won’t be leaving alone
    I’m still here, just dog eared
    You say people misunderstand you
    Well I get misunderstood too
    So let’s hang around together
    And we can misunderstand each other
    Maybe you arrived on your own
    But you won’t be leaving alone
    I’m still here, just dog eared
    We’ve found a plot of land
    Just for ourselves
    We’ve started digging foundations
    If you want to help
    I’m still here, Just dog eared
    I still see every schoolboy crush
    as a missed opportunity
    I want to turn up at their houses
    See if they remember me
    Monday morning double maths
    You at the front me at the back
    Martin Kemp Welch 5-A-Side
    Football Rules
    That’s all I learnt in school
    Self portraits drawn in charcoal and chalk
    A wavy line where I tried to talk
    I used to dream of walking you home from school
    And seeing the posters on your bedroom wall
    Martin Kemp Welch 5-A-Side
    Football Rules
    That’s all they taught me at school
    This world is fucked
    And you’re an idiot
    Take a long look at my middle digit
    Trouble at home
    And at school
    But you’re watching over me from my
    bedroom wall
    When the world’s got you by the fucking throat
    Who do you want in your corner? Axl Rose
    No one understands me or even comes close
    Who have I got in my corner? Axl Rose
    No one’s going to tell me what to do
    I’m going to do what the hell I want to
    When the world’s got you by the fucking throat
    Who do you want in your corner? Axl Rose
    No one understands me or even comes close
    Who have I got in my corner? Axl Rose
    I want to give the world the finger
    With the exception of my favourite lead singer
    I want to give the world the finger
    With the exception of my favourite lead singer
    FUCK OFF
    I know what you’re all thinking
    That I know what you’ve all been thinking
    You had to put in the hours
    I was born with special powers
    ESP IS GOOD FOR ME
    I am the psychic
    There is no point in whispering
    All your secrets I can hear them
    I’ve seen every scene you’re in
    I know every sin you’ve sinned
    ESP IS GOOD FOR ME
    I am the psychic
    Second guessing is doing your head in
    You can try and hide your thoughts
    But you will get caught
    I am the psychic
    Is Dog
    Eared (6:17)
    5 Martin Kemp Welch
    5-A-Side Football
    Rules (2:14)
    Axl Rose (3:28)
    I Am The Psychic
    (2:44)
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    BRILLIANT! TRAGIC!
    ART BRUT
    Commemorative cookbook of my grandmothers’s recipes
    (Collaboration with Monika Wensel & Sophie Wensel)
    VICKI’S KITCHEN
    by Victoria Koller
    A collection of
    heritage recipes
    and their stories.
    92 | Holidays
    BARSZCZ (Beet Soup)
    [BARSH-ch] Strain this Polish soup or leave it unstrained for an
    everyday meal. On Christmas Eve, it is more special with uszka (soup
    dumplings). It has been the main course of the traditionally meatless
    Christmas Eve meal at Kathy’s home for years.
    Cook beets by boiling in water. Remove and drain. Let cool, peel and grate.
    Chop onion and sauté in oil until transluscent. Grate carrots, beets and cabbage (if
    using) and add to onions. Cover with vegetable stock and add honey, vinegar, and
    salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil and simmer.
    Top with sour cream and parsley. For Christmas Eve, place 3 to 4 uszka (p. 94–95) in
    the bottom of the bowl before ladling in barszcz.
    Serves 12.
    stalk
    ½ cup
    cups
    ¼ cup
    ¼ cup
    for garnish
    celery
    onion
    carrots
    beets
    cabbage if desired
    vegetable stock
    honey
    white vinegar
    parsley
    0 VICKI’S TIPS 0
    If you have sauerkraut in the fridge, use some
    of the brine in place of white vinegar.
    Add 1 can tomato soup for a smooth, thicker
    consistency
    Holidays | 93
    94 | Holidays
    USZKA (Soup Dumplings)
    [OOSH-ka] Uszka means “little ears” in Polish. These dumplings are
    usually served in Barszcz (p. 92–93).
    Dough
    Mix flour, egg and oil. Knead slightly. Cover and refrigerate while preparing filling.
    Filling
    Fry onions and oil in a large saucepan. Add mushrooms, lemon juice, salt and
    pepper. Combine bread crumbs and parsley into the mixture. Once fully cooked,
    allow to cool. Refrigerate.
    Assembly
    Roll the dough out as thinly as you can (the secret is in the thin dough!). Keep extra
    dough covered so it does not dry out.
    Cut into 1½" or 2" squares. Place ½ teaspoon of filling on each square. Pinch edges
    together to form a triangle. Position with the hypotenuse at the bottom. Fold the
    top down, then the left and right corners in and pinch or tie the corners together.
    Drop into rapidly boiling, salted water, no more than a few uszka at a time. Cook
    for approximately five minutes or until they float to the top. Remove with a slotted
    spoon. Toss lightly with melted butter.
    To serve, place a few uszka in a bowl and ladle hot barszcz over top.
    cups
    Tbsp
    ½ lb
    Tbsp
    ½ Tbsp
    Tbsp
    to taste
    to taste
    flour
    egg
    oil
    mushrooms
    onion minced
    vegetable oil
    bread crumbs
    lemon juice
    salt
    pepper
    0 VICKI’S TIPS 0
    Filling is best if made the day ahead.
    Save a small amount of pierogi
    dough to make uszka.
    Holidays | 95
    1. Put filling on square of dough.
    2. Fold dough over and pinch to seal.
    3. Fold down top, then corners.
    4. Pinch or tie corners to secure.
    Identity for the Manhattans Project
    LONG
    VINEGARED G&T
    Hendrick’s Gin, elderflower and tonic with a
    smidgen of dessert wine vinegar. Refinement
    personified, then turned into a drink. £8
    ITALIAN PALE ALE
    Flying Dog ipa and Campari, served over ice
    with a grapefruit wedge. To be honest, we
    didn’t expect it either. £7
    HOUSE CLASSICS
    TOM COLLINS
    LADY MACBETH
    SHERRY COBBLER
    RED HOOK
    A rotating list of classics we think deserve a
    little more attention. All £8
    At the Manhattans Project, we like great booze,
    strong drinks and have a penchant for classics.
    We like questions too, so please talk to us if you
    have any about the menu.
    No vertical drinking. Discretionary 12.5%
    service added.
    SHORT
    HOUSE MANHATTAN
    Rittenhouse 100, softened with cognac,
    rounded with a blend of vermouths and
    topped with a homemade brandied cherry. It’s
    pretty much our thing. £10
    MOONSHINE BOULEVARDIER
    Redneck Georgia Moon goes to finishing
    school with Aperol, Campari, Cocchi
    vermouth and peach liqueur. Dang she done
    scrub up purdy fine. £10
    GREENGAGE OLD FASHIONED
    Bourbon’s night off. La Penca mezcal
    brightened with old-timey greengage
    syrup, stirred down over ice with a dash of
    Peychaud’s bitters. £10
    LAPSANG MARTINEZ
    Fruity Tanqueray 10, Lapsang tea and Talisker,
    mellowed with Antica formula. Smoky and
    complex; half Churchill, half Roosevelt. £10
    7 RUM MAI TAI
    If you like rum so much why don’t you go live
    there? A Tiki mix of seven rums, manhandled
    into submission with almond syrup and fresh
    citrus. £10
    CLASSIC COCKTAILS DONE RIGHT
    PDQKDWWDQVSURMHFWFRPŤWZLWWHUPDQKDWWDQVPRJCTŤIDFHERRNPDQKDWWDQVSURMHFW
    Design for Salomon Orchestra’s 50th year
    Newman Fox Fanfare
    Williams Star Wars Main Title
    Korngold The Sea Hawk
    Arlen Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz
    Walton Battle & Bailero from Henry V
    Herrmann Salammbo Aria from Citizen Kane
    Gershwin An American in Paris
    Int er val
    Jarre Lawrence of Arabia Overture
    Steiner Tara’s Theme from Gone with the Wind
    Schönberg I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables
    Bernstein On the Town (3 Dance Episodes)
    Goodwin 633 Squadron
    Sample One Day I’ll Fly Away from Moulin Rouge!
    Williams Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter
    Williams Flying Theme from E.T.
    29 June 2013
    C ad o g an Hall
    Philip Ellis
    Conductor
    Olivia Safe
    Vocalist
    Edward
    Secker son
    Compère
    was made for the screen and has only recently been made into a stage show.
    Harold Arlen and his librettist e.y. Harburg were hired by mgm to write the
    songs and they won the 1939 Academy Award for Best Original Song. ‘Over the
    Rainbow’ has subsequently received many accolades including being named
    as the American Film Industry’s “Song of the Century”, and yet mgm ’s chief
    executive, Louis b. Meyer wanted to drop the song as he felt it slowed down the
    dramatic action. How wrong he was!
    SIR WILLIAM TURNER WALTON (1902 – 1983)
    Battle & Bailero from Henry V
    A few years later the Oscar for original score was
    awarded to a British film. When in 1944 Laurance Olivier
    made his film of Shakespeare’s Henry V he invited
    Walton to compose the score. Walton subsequently
    extracted several scenes to create a concert suite, and it
    is the third movement that we hear tonight: ‘Charge and
    Battle’ was the soundtrack to the Battle of Agincourt.
    Walton cleverly contrived to give his music a sense of
    the period, even though his musical language is firmly
    rooted in the twentieth century. As the battle subsides
    he even incorporates a reference to the French folk
    song: ‘Bailero’.
    BERNARD HERRMANN (1911 – 1975)
    Salammbo Aria from Citizen Kane
    Released in 1941, Citizen Kane is regarded by many
    as the greatest film of all time. Directed by and
    starring Orson Welles it is the rags to riches story
    of media tycoon Charles Foster Kane, a character
    based partly on William Randolph Hearst. Its
    importance as a film is due to the innovative
    techniques employed by the director, from telling the
    concert programmes alongside Beethoven, Strauss and Wagner. Following the
    success of the first trilogy, John Williams went on to compose the music for the
    Prequel trilogy in 1999 – 2005 and it has recently been announced that he will
    continue to work on the project as it enters its third phase in 2014.
    ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD (1897 – 1957)
    Sea Hawk
    Of course using leitmotifs in film scores was nothing new. A
    generation earlier Erich Korngold was winning Oscars using
    the same compositional techniques. In the early years of the
    twentieth century Korngold impressed both Mahler and Strauss
    with his youthful compositions and by the early 1930’s he had
    established himself as one of Europe’s leading composers of
    concertos and operas. He was originally invited to Hollywood in
    1934 to work on an adaptation of Mendelssohn’s music for A Midsummer Night’s
    Dream, and then, four years later, Warner Brothers invited him back to work on a
    new project. It was during this visit that Germany annexed Austria and it became
    too dangerous for Korngold, a Jew, to return home. He settled in California and
    incorporated operatic techniques into his film music, winning an Academy Award
    in 1938 for his original score to The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Errol
    Flynn. He was nominated again in 1940 for his next project, another historical
    swashbuckler, but in The Sea Hawk Errol Flynn was cast as a heroic English
    sea-captain in the time of the Armada. In this music Korngold used leitmotif
    development to compose a symphonic score that has stood the test of time more
    successfully than the film itself.
    HAROLD ARLEN (1905 – 1986)
    Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz
    Judy Garland’s signature song was the Oscar-winning:
    ‘Over the Rainbow’ from the 1939 mgm musical
    fantasy The Wizard of Oz. Unlike many film musicals,
    which are adaptations of existing stage shows, this
    programme.indd 6 18/06/2013 01:01
    Logo & design for THREE (collaboration with
    Kieron Gillen, Ryan Kelly & Jordie Bellaire)
    $2.99
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  46. Talk about them
    and make your
    colleagues
    aware of them.
    YOUR

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  47. Grumpy otter, 2011
    Duster, 2012 Magic pen, 2013

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  48. YOU NEED
    ANIMALS
    Somet
    imes
    t
    o d
    raw

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  49. YOU NEED
    ANIMALS
    Somet
    imes
    t
    o d
    raw
    THANK YOU!
    Want to get in touch?
    @han on the internet
    Email: [email protected]
    Image credits:
    Photos & illlustrations by me except the
    alpacas (Kerstin Joensson) and Art Student
    Owl, who was born on the internet:
    fyeahartstudentowl.tumblr.com
    Further reading & references:
    The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron
    Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
    The Creative Habit – Twyla Tharp

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