When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

— Lao Tzu.

Life Lessons I Learnt from 7 Months Travelling in Asia. Part 1

By Magoz
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After living in Bristol for 10 months, I was eager for new and bigger adventures. I needed to step out of my comfort zone, again. My intuition pointed Asia as a destination. Somehow I thought that it was the right place to start seeking.

The adventure lasted for 7 months and I visited 7 countries. It was one of the most important and exciting experiences of my life.

It has taken me one year to digest all those experiences. And now I’m sharing the trip with you and some of the lessons I’ve learnt from it.

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Cover for El Quijote

By Magoz

Magoz illustration cover for El Quijote for SM

Cover for El Quijote.
For SM.

7 of My Favourite Youtube Channels. The Summer Series Part 3

By Magoz
7 min read

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This article is part of The Summer Series. Short list-style articles with 5-10 resources, apps or tips that will enhance or ease your experience in summer activities.

Youtube is the new TV, or even better, the audiovisual version of blogs. There are hundreds of thousands of people creating all kinds of content about many different topics, and some of them are amazing.

In the third part of The Summer Series, I share some of my favourite Youtube channels. The list doesn’t include anything too specific or complicated, and I believe they can be interesting for most of you.

The list includes a short description, a featured video and a list of other 3 of my favourite videos of each channel.

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7 of My Favourite Blogs. The Summer Series Part 2

By Magoz
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This article is part of The Summer Series. Short list-style articles with 5-10 resources, apps or tips that will enhance or ease your experience in summer activities.

I love reading blogs; it’s something that I’ve been doing daily over the last 15 years. In the summer, I have more time and I can review and organise my saved for later articles on Feedly and Pocket.

In the second part of The Summer Series, I’m sharing my favourite blogs about general topics. It doesn’t include illustration and art related blogs or any other blogs about my particular tastes that might be too technical or uninteresting for you.

The list includes a short description and 3 of my favourite articles of each blog.

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Apps, Resources and Tips for Travelling. The Summer Series Part 1

By Magoz
7 min read

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The summer time is time to relax, to think, to travel, and to spend time with your friends and family. It’s time to slow down and enjoy.

I want to transmit this mood with the articles I publish during the summer, so I’m starting a new series called The Summer Series. Every week, I’m going to publish a short list-style article with 5-10 resources, apps or tips that will enhance or ease your experience in summer activities. Let’s keep the summer spirit alive!

The first article of the series is about travelling.

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How Playing Chess Has Improved My Skills as an Illustrator (and in Many Other Ways)

By Magoz
10 min read

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I started playing chess when I was a kid and as I get older I’m becoming more and more fascinated by the game. I just play for fun online and over the board with friends, when I have a chance. I try to get better, and I even study some theory, but I’m not a great player, and I don’t have any aims to become a Master. I play because it’s fun and it’s a great exercise for my brain.

After playing regularly, I’ve noticed a lot of improvements, not only in my chess skills but also in other areas, like my skills as an illustrator or my day-to-day life.
Chess is a mental exercise (and a sport) that helps to improve many cognitive skills and mental abilities.

In this article, I share all the similitudes between playing chess and being an illustrator, and how playing chess regularly improves my skills as an illustrator.

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Your own boss

By Magoz

Magoz illustration - Being your own boss

Being your own boss.
For CPA Canada.

I’m Working on an Online Workshop for Illustrators and I Need Your Help

By Magoz
2 min read

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Since I started this blog, I’ve always tried to keep it useful, sharing my workflows, tools, discoveries and thoughts.
Every week, I receive emails from some of you via the Ask me anything section with lots of different questions. I try to be as helpful as I can, but sometimes the questions are very complex to answer with an email or an article.

I decided to create an online workshop for illustrators where we can go deep on those questions. It’s called Illustrator’s Essentials, and it’s going to be about business, management and organisation. All the aspects of a professional illustrator.

I want to make the best possible course, so I want you to be part of the creation process. I’ve created a new email list (you can subscribe here), and I aim to get feedback and share the progress with you.

I would be very grateful if you could help me answering the following questions. It will take you less than 2 minutes.
Please, leave your email at the end of the questionnaire if you want to receive future updates about the workshop.

I’m very excited about this new project. It’s a great opportunity to try new formats and new ways of interacting with you.
If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.

Thanks in advance!

If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no wind is favourable to him.

— Seneca.