ATB home studio
Art, essay, Music

Magic Can Come From Routine

Creativity is mysterious, but there is one constant in a creative life: You have to make space for it. Making space requires carving out time. The amount of time is up to you. It could be 10 min. a day, or an hour a week, for example. If you establish a routine and stick to… Continue reading Magic Can Come From Routine

Ambition by ATB
Art, essay

Ambition: Make It Work for You, Not Against You

I've been thinking a lot about ambition lately, for a few reasons. I've just turned 40. Twenty-twenty has come to a close, and we're at the start of a new year. It's a time to think about new mountains to climb, starting with clear intentions. I've been ambitious since I was a kid. When you're… Continue reading Ambition: Make It Work for You, Not Against You

mountain ATB
Art, essay

The View at 40

Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett I turn 40 this month. The official start of middle age. Wow. It's a milestone. A good time to take stock, as I typically do on my birthday. I give the last year a thumb's up. I aim to make progress on at least one thing every year, and in my… Continue reading The View at 40

Genius at Work ATB
Art, design, Products

Design: Genius at Work

Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett I finally did it. I created my "Genius at Work" design. I've been joking around that I'm a "genius at work" in my home office, and doing an illustration has been in the back of my mind for a few years. Why a pig? Because I may be slim and trim,… Continue reading Design: Genius at Work

Guthrie the Dog_Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett
Art, dogs, essay

Guthrie the Dog

I've always wanted a dog. I didn't have one growing up because my parents didn't like the idea. Too much mess and more responsibility, they probably thought. I'd been prepping for the last few years by watching Cesar Millan, a.k.a. the Dog Whisperer. I discovered his TV show while we were living in Vancouver, and… Continue reading Guthrie the Dog