Welcome to the twenty-sixthissue of The Featured Image newsletter, a place where writing meets art. As a reminder, the goal here is to add visual creativity to our work and gain inspiration from those already doing it.
Creator highlight: Scott Young
Scott Young is an author and entrepreneur who frequently writes about productivity, thinking, and the process of learning anything. His work about learning is distilled into his book Ultralearning.
As great as all that is though, can you guess why I’m pretty interested in his work?
Wow, how’d you guess? It’s because he draws his own pictures throughout his writing. He’s a writer who draws!
They all have a hand drawn feel to them, like this:
And it turns out it’s because they ARE hand drawn.
"You don't need fancy tools to get started." Well said.
I love these simple drawings. Young said he started the doodles a few years ago as a placeholder until he found a “real artist”. But people seemed to like it so he kept with it.
You can view his extensive back catalogue of essays here (drawings are consistently throughout the last few years) or grab them via his newsletter here.
And be sure to check out this pretty cool 30 day portrait drawing challenge he did as one of his learning projects. It's amazing what you can achieve in a 30 day challenge with yourself.
An episode of Criminal called Masquerade is tons of fun. It's about a best-selling children's book from 1979 that had a puzzle hidden in the illustrations that pointed to a real life buried treasure. And because it's Criminal, you know there was some funny business.