How to Win Friends & Influence People: MWA, Inc. Must Read List

My childhood dream was to become a Walt Disney animator. In November 1995, during the pursuit of my dream, I booked a flight from Florida to California. I’d never been on an airplane much less to California. Was my dream worth moving across the United States?

Being a country boy at heart—California’s mountains, lakes, and oceans were more appealing than Florida’s flatlands. Runs along massive beaches, visits to major tourist sites, and Yosemite National Park made this a monumental trip. So what event caused me stay in Florida?

A lady with an ora of wealth sat next to me during my return flight to Florida. Okay, maybe it wasn’t her ora as much as her gem-covered hands reflecting wealth. Who was she? Are those costume rings? How did she earn her wealth? I awkwardly asked, “You appear successful. May I ask how it happened?”

She smiled back. I anticipated a fantastic story! Her answer wasn’t fantastic, but an interview of my life. She asked questions about my family, occupation, recreation, and monetary goals. Her questions were genuine, as she listened to each of my answers. Twenty minutes into the conversation, she asked, “Do you still want to know how I became successful?”

“Yes! Of course I do.” I said.

She said, “The secret is three books. Practice everything in each book. Don’t read the next book until you’ve completed last. The first book is How to Win Friends & Influence People.”

“My college friends and I joke about this book.” I chuckled.

“You shouldn’t laugh. We’ve talked for nearly thirty minutes, and you haven’t asked my name. Read this book first!” she said.

In so many ways, she was right. My listening improves each time I read this book. That’s why I’m reading How to Win Friends & Influence People this month. Her second book was even more impactful. I’ll share it next month.

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10 Best Resources for Aspiring Illustrators

I’m often asked to recommend books on becoming a professional illustrator. Below are my 10 best resources for aspiring illustrators. Knowledge is power, however applying the knowledge creates a professional. The list includes drawing books and business guides I consistently use as an illustrator.

  1. The Book of a Hundred Hands (Dover Anatomy for Artists), George B. Bridgeman
  2. Dynamic Figure Drawing, Bume Hogarth
  3. The Art of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, Caricature (Dover Art Instruction), Ken Hultgren
  4. Animation (Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Archive Series), Walt Disney Company
  5. Cartoon Animation (Collector’s Series), Preston Blair
  6. Anatomy for the Artist, Jeno Barcsay
  7. Best Sketchbook, Use at least one sketchbook to practice the books listed above.
  8. How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books and Get Them Published, Bicknell and Trotman
  9. Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines, Graphic Artist Guild
  10. Your Perfect Home-Based Studio: A Guide for Designers and Other Creative Professionals, Poppy Evans

— Mark Wayne Adams, Publisher of Nicholas, that’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy