An Artist Is A Process

I have suffered for some time under the illusion that “being an artist” was a goal. A thing. An identity. It’s not. An artist is a byproduct of the process of creating art.

There is no such thing as “being an artist”. You can be “someone who creates art”, but an artist is really a verb. It’s a pattern. To paraphrase Alan Watts, it’s like this whirlpool in a river — not made of this water or that water, but rather of the pattern of energy. The water only flows through that energy pattern which is the actual whirlpool. Thus, an artist too is this whirlpool, this pattern of energy, and art flows through it.

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The Apple Artist Podcast #15

I just posted our 15th podcast over at The Apple Artist. If you’re a digital artist working on a Mac, this is for you. Joined by my Mac artist friends Krishna Sadasivam and Tracy Bishop. We discuss the popular Cintiq alternative Yiynova MSP19u and the brand new Manga Studio 5. As usual, filled with other tips, app suggestions and other geeky stuff. I’ve even been told that PC artists find it helpful!

More Yiynova MSP19u & Manga Studio 5 – The Apple Artist Podcast #15 – The Apple Artist.

New Art & Illustration Portfolio

Psychedelic temple sketch by George Coghill

Finally got an art blog/website set up for my personal artwork at my main domain. It was sitting as placeholder ever since I migrated my business website over to There’s not much to see right now since it’s just been set up, but had to get that technical hurdle out of the way first.

Many people probably think of my cartooning work when they think of my artwork, but my personal art goes off in much different directions. I spent a good amount of my time over the past 5 years setting up and running my cartooning business, and have really had the itch to start getting the artwork I create for myself out there for the world to see. I’ve got plans for that art as well.

The sketch above should give you a hint at the kind of stuff to expect. It has a cartoon vibe, but the subject matter has a mystical bent with psychedelic/visionary art inspiration thrown in. It will be more apparent as I get more art posted.

George Coghill – Art & Illustration.

iPad bag + Sketchbook

I recently picked up this great iPad bag made by Keen (who also make my favorite footwear). Personally I think it’s overpriced, but I got it at a good deal and have to say I really like the bag. The one thing I wanted to go along with it was a good old analog sketchbook that fit it alongside the iPad. I found this softcover Moleskine notebook/sketchbook that fits in perfectly alongside the iPad. A nice little combo for all you iPad-owning artists out there.

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