Essays

I’ve written over 100 essays on living, working, and making as an artist. These essays are like a personal journal that allows me to reflect on the ongoing process of discovering and developing myself as an artist. Some common themes are overcoming creative obstacles, developing a personal style, and pondering what it means to live as an artist.

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One Drawing at a Time. Christine Nishiyama, Might Could Studios.

One Drawing at a Time

I realized recently how eerily similar my pregnancy and book making journey have been. I found out I was pregnant on February 6, and on

Drawing Yourself to Discover Yourself. Christine Nishiyama, Might Could Studios.

Draw Yourself, Discover Yourself

There’s an assignment in my course, Sketchbook to Style Boot Camp, that sometimes trips people up. Students often get stuck on this assignment for days

Playing and Working

I’ve been working a lot lately. It’s been pretty intense the last few months with my upcoming book series with Scholastic. And it’s made me

A Creative's Work Day. Christine Nishiyama, Might Could Studios.

A Creative’s Working Day

Yesterday I was listening to music in the car, and the song Working Day, written by author Nick Hornby and composed by Ben Folds, started

On Drawing Hands. Christine Nishiyama, Might Could Studios.

On Drawing Hands

Last week I read an article in The New York Times Magazine by Dan Brooks titled “The Pleasure of Watching Others Confront Their Own Incompetence”.

It's Never Too Late. . Christine Nishiyama, Might Could Studios.

It’s Never Too Late

I’ve received countless emails from people asking variations of the same thing: I’m just now learning to draw now at ___ age, and now I