astronaut's guide to life on earth

After 4 days in studio the audio book is done! I hope all who listen to books like it. Thanks Playfair Studio Sarnia!

The book-signing tour will be across Canada, the US, UK & Ireland in Nov/Dec, & a bit into January too. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

The book is called An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. It’s available for order now at , in book stores on 29 Oct.

anonymous asked:

I know the only way to get better at art is to practice, but what advice can you give when the said practice is discouraging?

This might get a little philosophical.
Everyone makes mistakes. I have never met an artist that was completely happy with their work. Im fact I think getting to that point is detrimental to your art and progress. But i have met a lot of people that were happy with their progress toward getting better. Thats the best way to keep a healthy mindset while improving at something.
It helps to try to change your attitude and see the practice as the goal. It is about the journey not the destination. And a lot of it is practice and training. (Book recommendation on that topic would be an astronauts guide to life on earth). Try to make the learning the fun part.
I’m not sure what exactly youre going through with practice but here are a few things that I try to do as much as possible to keep practice interesting.
-change it up and connect drawing to experiences (this will help a lot with designing as well), do a lot of varying things like life drawing, museum visits, plein air painting
-dont draw, read something, gather reference, understand how an engine works or why a plane can fly or how similar our bomes are to other mammals, all of that will inform your art in a very positive way
-remember scenes during the day and draw them when you get home, use reference when you need it (instead of just drawing from life)
-don’t just straight up draw the reference but draw it from a different angle, try to come up with your own ways of constructing (remembering) forms
-practice with friends (of any skill level, most of the time either you can give advice to someone that is “worse” than you which will help you sort your thoughts, or you’ll get a binch of advice from someone thatbis “better”
-split it into little bites, if your goal is to do 70 head drawings in a week, do 10 a day etc and spend the rest of the time applying what you learned to a
-project. Make something and you’ll get the practice just by working on it.
Just some ideas, hope that helps!

Success is feeling good about the work you do throughout the long, unheralded journey that may or may not wind up at the launch pad. You can’t view training solely as a stepping stone to something loftier. It’s got to be an end in itself.

Col. Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

This book is FASCINATING, and so packed with smart ideas about how we should think about work and define success. Hadfield’s career is a great illustration of how “work hard and become really good at what you do” is a better path to finding a job you love than the old “follow your passion” trope. Oh, and it has space travel too. 

I take great joy in the recent resurgence of love for NASA that social media has helped bring around. None seem to have done more then Cmdr. Chris Hadfield. 

His book is a great mix of his own history at NASA and the life lessons he has learned in his many years preparing to leave the planet. Reading the book made me yearn for a work environment like NASA where mistakes are openly discussed and it is not about blame but about finding solutions. In the movie world in which I work it is mostly making sure no one sees mistakes and generally looking out for yourself. It is not a fun way to work. I am a much bigger fan of the stars he gets to work with. 

Many people object to “wasting money in space” yet have no idea how much is actually spent on space exploration. The CSA’s budget, for instance, is less than the amount Canadians spend on Halloween candy every year, and most of it goes toward things like developing telecommunications satellites and radar systems to provide data for weather and air quality forecasts, environmental monitoring and climate change studies. Similarly, NASA’s budget is not spent in space but right here on Earth, where it’s invested in American businesses and universities, and where it also pays dividends, creating new jobs, new technologies and even whole new industries.
—  Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
Early success is a terrible teacher. You’re essentially being rewarded for a lack of preparation, so when you find yourself in a situation where you must prepare, you can’t do it. You don’t know how.
—  Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
I had to imagine what an astronaut might do if he were 9 years old, then do the exact same thing. I could get started immediately. Would an astronaut eat his vegetables or have potato chips instead? Sleep in late or get up early to read a book?
—  “An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth” - Chris Hadfield

The movie, the book, spacewalks, NASA and Mars.

Adam Savage, Astronaut Chris Hadfield, and Andy Weir

‘nuff said

Andy Weir - The Martian
Chris Hadfield - An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything