Art Before Breakfast - the workbook: How (and why) to develop a creative habit, no matter how busy you are. 

Based upon my bestselling book, this encouraging guided journal is packed with short exercises designed to help shape a life-enriching artistic habit. Open-ended prompts, visual examples, and lots of blank space for drawing make this workbook a fun, accessible entry to artmaking for anyone looking to carve out time for creativity.

No matter your age or drawing ability, this workbook will become your constant, creative companion. 

Shut Your Monkey: How to Control Your Inner Critic and Get More Done is about that pesky voice in your head that prevents you from expressing yourself creatively. It whispers in your ear and derails your career plans, sabotages your work before it's completed, makes you overreact and misbehave.

In my new book, I explore the impact that voice has on your work, your life and your happiness. I explain its origins and discuss various strategies for keeping the inner critic at bay. And finally I take you through a strategy to not only quiet the voice but liberate yourself so you can do the work you were born to do, the work that will define your life and help the world.


Shut Your Monkey: How to Control Your Inner Critic and Get More Done is based on 30 years of experience as a creative professional and the input of hundreds of other people whose lives have been impacted by the voice in their heads.  

This funny, wise book will help you fight back and finally achieve your best. 

Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are

Creativity is increasingly important for us to succeed and get the most out of life. This books hows you how to develop a creative habit, despite the many demands on your time.  

For aspiring artists who want to draw and paint but just can't seem to find time in the day, I give you 5– to 10–minute exercises for every skill level that fit into any schedule—whether on a plane, in a meeting, or at the breakfast table—along with practical instruction on techniques and materials, plus strategies for making work that's exciting, unintimidating, and fulfilling.

Filled with encouraging words and motivating illustrations, Art Before Breakfast teaches readers how to develop a creative habit and lead a richer life through making art.

The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are

Creativity is something we are all born with, but somewhere along the way, we convince ourselves we don’t have the right to label ourselves as creative or artists. This book is my attempt to reverse that with a step-by-step process to reawaken the creative impulse in us all. It’s designed to be fun, easy, a little snarky, and addictive. 

My goal is to help you lay the foundation for a lifelong habit of drawing, making things, and becoming what you always dreamed of being — an artist. It’s crammed with drawings and paintings and designed to be your constant, dog-eared, coffee-stained sidekick. 

Everyday Matters: a New York diary

My third book was the beginning of a whole new chapter in my publishing career — and in my life. It’s a memoir of my wife’s paraplegia, the accident that caused it, and how it changed everything. It’s also about drawing and how I discovered its power to give me perspective and peace.

Everyday Matters has been published in hardcover and paperback and even in Korean. It has also spawned all sorts of groups and events as people came to share my discoveries and applied them to their own lives.  It’s a funny book — most people who buy a copy end up buying lots more to give to their friends. Fortunately, there are some left. 

A Kiss Before You Go: An Illustrated Memoir of Love and Loss

Patti and I shared so much over the twenty-four years we were together: her paraplegia, raising our son, lots of adventure, laughs, and love. When she died in a horrible accident, I had to face a completely new life and approach it day by day.

A Kiss Before You Go is an illustrated record of our years together and my first year alone. It covers sad events but ultimately it’s a book about loving and living, about beauty in its many shades. I hope reading it brings as much to you as writing it did to me.

An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers

An Illustrated Life is a book I've always wanted to own. I got to talk to 50 extraordinary artists who use sketchbooks to express themselves, record their lives, solve problems, have fun. Full of inspiration, interviews, tips, and gazillions of amazing journal pages. I couldn't find it — so I had to write it.


An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers.

This, a sequel of sorts to An Illustrated Life, is all about travel journals. I have brought together 40 of my favorite artists to share their experiences, their sketchbooks, and detailed descriptions of their media and techniques. It’s an incredibly inspiring and instructive book that I hope you’ll love as much as I do.

School for Evil: A Novel for Uneducated Children

In an experimental mood, I wrote a funny, twisted novel for young adults. It’s actually probably more for grownups but it was intended to acknowledge that teenagers like the creepy and distorted. This one isn’t about art, though it is illustrated with my drawings. And it has the usual witty, disdainful voice you’ve come to dread.

Peanut: a memoir of fatherhood

There are books galore for expectant mothers but just a grubby handful for their male companions. Finally this void is filled.

Peanut tells the touching and hilarious story of one man’s journey from dilettante to daddy, exploring all of the doubts, missteps, misconceptions, exhilaration, and pride along the way.

Hello World: a life in ham radio

I knew nothing about ham radio when I came upon an album full of QSL postcards at a flea market, I was blown away by the varied styles and creative solutions each ham had used to make these souvenirs of their on air friendships.  It’s a cornucopia of design, art, history and politics. and it all belonged to one man, Jerry Powell, who broadcast from his basement in New Jersey throughout the twentieth century. If you love ham radio or even know nothing about it, this gorgeous book will delight you. It was crafted by award-winning designer Paul Sahre and is full of tidbits about the hobby, about obscure political events, and creativity. Chosen by the AIGA as one of the 50 Best Books of the year, and yet available to mere (unlicensed) mortals too.

Change Your Underwear Twice a Week: Lessons from the Golden Age of Classroom Filmstrips

My second book is a tribute to classroom filmstrips — if you were born before 1980, you probably remember them. I loved the way they condensed lessons down to a few dozen beautiful illustrations, photos, and sentences. They instantly transported me back to a simpler time. In researching this book, I came to wonder why we were being taught the lessons they contained. That led me to study the issues of the day, to uncover how education, politics and propaganda converge. Selected by Amazon as one of the funniest books of the year, it’s odd and beautiful and truly one of a kind.

Me Time: How I found an extra hour and what I did with it 

I never seem to have enough time to do everything I’d like to try. So, recently, I decided to get my butt out of bed an hour earlier each morning and use that time to explore new options -= from stamp collecting to consorting with turtles and Miles Davis. I recorded the experiment, in words and watercolors, and published it as a little journal. It’s a peek into the acute angles of my mind but it’s also an encouragement to look into the corners of your life and see what riches lie therein.  It’s a great read, at any time of day. Don’t delay.

Bad to the Bone: drawings and doggerel

My initials are D.O.G. and I love dogs. As friends and as drawing subjects. This little book is a collection of my favorite dog drawings and paintings, augmented by one of my lesser talents, writing little humorous poems. Some have compared me to Ogden Nash, to Hillaire Belloc, to Eminem, but they are few. Form your own opinion.