• Inktober is rough
    Art and design

    Inktober 2018: what I learned from my first art challenge

    This year I did my first try at the Inktober challenge created by artist and illustrator Jake Parker. The challenge is simple enough, every October you do a drawing a day with a prompt list either from the official site or of your own making. The challenge is intended for traditional medium artists with a focus on inking but over the years that part of the challenge has become optional. This was my first real attempt at an art challenge and I learned some stuff over the past month. If you’re considering taking on a challenge or are just curious about my time with it then read on.   1…

  • Rats read books
    Art and design,  Blog posts

    Books on art worth reading

    Like so many other self taught artists drawing enthusiasts I got my start by learning from books. I’ve read a few and have some thoughts on them. Here they are.   Fun with a pencil – Andrew Loomis   Andrew Loomis is possibly the godfather of art and illustration in the modern age. His methods are still widely used today by numerous artists and if you don’t think he’s worth looking up then you’ll never get beyond the fundamentals of art.   Fun with a pencil is just one of many books Loomis published to teach art and drawing. Out of all of them it’s not necessarily the best but…

  • A visual summary of how we handled our brand
    Rough Rat

    The 10 major mistakes we made with our brand

    This time last year I started a side hustle with my brother designing t shirts and selling them online. To date we haven’t sold more than a handful of shirts. We dropped the ball. With the benefit of hindsight I can say that we did a lot of things a wrong. We built the brand on very rickety foundations. So what did we do wrong?   1: Lack of any real market research   In the beginning, my idea of market research was trailing on insta and seeing what other people were doing. I should have been getting stuck in and asking people directly and networking. Instead I lurked on…