1. Creative Thinking

     
  2. Making the Leap

     

  3. Anonymous said: Wait Grant you practice orthodontics? I never knew you were a dentist. Love your comics by the way.

    Yes, though I hide that secret in the final line of my bio.

    If there’s one thing comics can teach us, it’s the importance of having an alter ego.

     
  4. Picasso Blues

    For best results, sing the words of this comic in the voice of bluesman Robert Johnson. Further reading/listening: the latest on Picasso’s "Blue Room" and the best song about Picasso ever written. 

     
  5. Life with A Toddler

    In celebration of Father’s Day, here are some thoughts about the beautiful chaos of having an 18-month-old.

     
  6. The Problem of Perception

     
  7. Conflict in Literature

     

  8. prodigis said: i love your comics and want to make a comic myself for the first time, any advice?

    1. Make the words and pictures do different things.

    2. Don’t try to cram too much into a single panel.

    3. One of the main characters should be a cat.

     
  9. Collecting My Thoughts

     

  10. shmarmigans said: in which i attempt to ask the most overused question of all time: how did you learn to draw? and then there's a follow-up: where can i learn to do that?

    Great question! Unfortunately, I haven’t taken any art classes, aside from a couple in high school and middle school. I got angry when my 7th grade art teacher told me my drawings of hands relied too heavily on outline, but I think she was probably right.

    I learned to draw comics by studying the work of cartoonists I admired. I’ve been most influenced by the loose, expressive drawings of Roz Chast and the precise, minimally designed panels of Tom Gauld. I think that drawing style and ability is fluid - it changes drastically over the course of a career, and sometimes over the course of a single comic strip. I try to constantly search for new visual influences to inspire my drawings, and I still get frustrated at my artistic limitations.

    My best advice is to become a connoisseur of color, composition, and line quality. Hopefully by trying to draw like a few different people at once, you’ll end up drawing like yourself.