Retrospective: Michael Nobbs

I think a lot of people get caught up in the *process* of doing more (how to make lists or get things done) without actually doing it. So if you kind of strip away all the complexity and systems, you actually have a lot more time and energy left anyway. . . . But actually trusting to take that step is quite difficult, I think.
— Michael Nobbs, creator of

In this episode, Jen interviews Michael Nobbs, the creator of and the author of Drawing Your Life: Learn to See, Record and Appreciate Life's Small Joys.  Listen in to the conversation as Michael and Jen talk:

  • time, sufficiency and the pervasive pressures of the internet
  • Michael's journey: from diagnosis to drawing to a creative career
  • the artists and works that have inspired and influenced Michael along the way
  • "Murder She Wrote" and becoming an author
  • and how to build trust in the model of working slowly, with time on your side.

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You realize you can get somewhere over a period of time, and I’m a firm believer that if you stick to something, it almost doesn’t matter what you do, but if you stick to it eventually you will get somewhere. . . . Drawing became the thing I did, and I just kept doing it. But it could have been anything really.
— Michael Nobbs, author of Drawing Your Life
Michael Nobbs is a full-time artist, blogger and tea drinker (not necessarily in that order). He is author of the popular blog, Sustainably Creative and writes, tweets and podcasts about drawing and trying to keep things simple. In the late 1990s he was diagnosed with ME/CFS and over the last decade and a half he has learnt a lot about sustaining a creative career with limited energy. His new book, Drawing Your Life (made one page at a time!) was be published by Penguin/Perigee Books on 5th March.