5 Popular posts

more drawings - cute is growing on me, though I wish I could be more edgy.

It has been a rather productive year here on Pikaland, and we’re just talking about the posts! We know that some of you may not have been able to catch up, but here’s a tip – inspiration-based posts and discussions are held every Monday, and it’s something I’d love to continue into the new year.

So without further ado, here’s a top 5 list of posts that gathered quite a few feedback from our readers and is also among my favorites so far:

1. Why artists and illustrators should get a job

Here I share about what I still do to keep food on my table while I keep Pikaland running; and what you can do too.

2. Why artists and illustrators should blog

Keeping a blog is going to change the way you look at your work and connect with others. And no literary-prize winning writing skills needed at all!

3. 100 things to draw

I made up a list of 100 things to draw – for fun. Available as a free downloadable PDF!

4. Copycats and lessons we can learn

Take a leaf from the fashion industry and see what you can do about copycats. Hint: it’s a new way of thinking about the issue at hand! See also Creativity, competition and copycats.

5. Illustration and innovation

Don’t just do what’s current – experiment, fail often and throw lots of ideas around!


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And whoa! Can you believe it’s a mere two more days before 2012 is here? I’ve resolved to draw more, and you can see some of my work in progress over at Instagram (my username is pikaland!)

5 things: Books

While waiting for 2012 to arrive in just a few days, I thought that I’d do a collection of posts to mark some of my favorite things on the blog that I’ve featured throughout the years. First up: books.

I’ve reviewed almost 30 books on the blog, and I’ve grown fonder of some more than others (they don’t know it – shhhh.) Whittling down the list to 5 is a little tough, but here’s some of my favorites in no particular order:

Let's Make Some Great Art

Let’s Make Some Great Art by Marion Deuchars

A fun book that made me want to hoard it for myself. See why!

Julia Rothman's Farm Anatomy

Farm Anatomy by Julia Rothman

Beautiful illustrations and a fascinating read on what goes on in those barns! Read my review here.

Behind the Zines

Behind the Zines

Big, beautiful and full of zines – what more can I say? See more pictures and read up more here!

problem solving 101

Problem Solving 101

My first ever book review here on the blog, and it is still my go-to book when I’m stuck. It helps that the illustrations are beautiful! Read all about it here.

Norm Brodsky

The Knack by Norm Brodsky

One of my favorite business books of all time – and I tell you why.


Coming up tomorrow: The top 5 posts here on Pikaland!

Season’s greetings!

Happy new year 2012!

Season’s greetings everyone! Over here at Pikaland HQ, we have quite a few things to be thankful for this year:

  • YOUR support for cheering Pikaland on — we’re going to be 4 years old in February!
  • The launch of Camp Pikaland – a virtual school for artists, taught by fabulous artists such as Jamie Shelman, Michelle Fifis, Kim Welling and Alexandra Hedberg! Next year will be amazing as we introduce new teachers in our line up! 🙂
  • Thank you for supporting Pikabooks as we publish artists zines and also our popular Good To Know zines that brought illustrators, artists and designers together to discuss creativity, life and business.
  • Thank you to our sponsors this year – many of you sponsored that loaf of bread I put on the table, and I thank you tremendously.
  • There are lots of amazing things coming up for 2012 and I’m excited to see where the wind will take us! To make sure you don’t miss a thing, sign up for our fun, friendly and free newsletter to be in the loop!
  • And lastly, there’s too many folks to list down here, but I’m truly indebted to the many wonderful blogs and people who featured Pikaland on their websites and publications; as well as those who left comments and lent us their quiet support – we know who you are!

Happy holidays and a big cheer for 2012 — here’s wishing you lots of joy, happiness and warmth from our family to yours.