My Censor

February 17, 2012

I’ve been working with Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” with an online group since the beginning of the year. It’s been a wonderful, insightful journey so far.

One of the things you become aware of through the weekly readings, exercises and tasks, is the nasty, critical voice, nattering constantly inside your head.

The Censor.

The Censor continually does you the great service of letting you know how much your work sucks, how wrong everything you do is, and what a hack you are, just to name a few.

Ms. Cameron suggests one of the many techniques for dealing with this annoying denizen of your psyche, is to draw a cartoon version, in an effort to expose it and take away some of The Censor’s power.

So, to that end… meet my big, fat censor! Booooo! Hisssss! Oh, shut your pie hole Mr. Smartypants Censor.

I’m thinking, with any luck and continued work he will eventually lose some of his size and girth. I’ll keep you posted.

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23 Responses to “My Censor”


  1. Love it. Can you draw mine?

  2. Vicki Says:

    My censor is bigger than your censor πŸ™‚ and yours doesn’t know what he is talking about. You are one of the most talented people I know! Yay Leeenda!
    On the other hand, Mr. censor is kinda cute and I like his colors πŸ™‚

  3. insidemyfred Says:

    I love the detail in this drawing – excellent πŸ™‚

  4. Kevin Parks Says:

    I feel your pain -just imagine all the ideas that died a premature death at the hands of our inner censor.

    btw love the international “no” symbol spots -brilliant

  5. Donna Martin Says:

    Linda, I discovered your blog during the holidays last year and humbly think you are an incredible illustrator! My new year’s goal is to have my first PB published and to have an artist of your caliber to illustrate it! That old CENSOR has got NOTHING on you, lady!

  6. Judy Says:

    I love it!

  7. Donna Martin Says:

    I have awarded your wonderful blog the One Lovely Blog Award and gave you a shout-out today on my own blog, http://donasdays.blogspot.com

    Congrats!

  8. khwhitaker Says:

    My censor is much uglier and much larger than yours Linda. I think you’ll have yours under control in no time. He looks pretty tameable πŸ˜‰ Sounds like a great exercise. Maybe I should give it a try.

  9. Leo the Yardie Chick Says:

    Great idea, and I love your Censor Monster! One strong hug ought to fix him. πŸ˜€

  10. Loni Edwards Says:

    Wow! Your guy looks like what I imagine mine to look like πŸ˜‰ Great job Linda!

  11. Dayle Says:

    You are great and a big hug of your censor might let some of the hot air out of her.


  12. Truly excellent! That’s puttin’ the big killjoy to work for you! And decorating him with the circle-slashes was a brilliant touch– beautifully done!! : )

  13. Julie Says:

    I’ve been doing the Artist’s Way too – I’m on Week 12!!! I think I might have to cut out a picture of your censor just so I can tell him to shut his piehole – LOL!

  14. Cindy D. Says:

    Haha, what a great monster! I think the trick to this guy is just becoming his friend. He’s all bark and no bite, is what I’m saying. I mean, his tail looks like a party hat – how big and bad could he be? Love your style!

  15. erin Says:

    love that book, it’s big enough to clobber your censor with and leave a mark. (another great book, that I read whenever I’m down is Lynda Barry’s “Picture This” ).

  16. scribblesfromjenn Says:

    AMAZING! You have captured so many elements of my censor. He looks cute, so I warm up to him. But, everything about him says, NO! Most of all I love the way you illustrated his impatient posture; arms folded, foot tapping, lording over me waiting for me to do something he can reject. This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  17. eugeniagina Says:

    oooh censor, please be smaller and keep quiet! Hai Lindaaa, long time no seee.. your blog is as funny and inspiring as alwaays.. πŸ˜€

  18. Jane Says:

    I really love this illustration. I’ve been working through the artists way as well, and I wrote a “letter of complaint” to my censor.

    I really love how you’ve covered him with ‘do not enter’ signs.

    Great illustration!


  19. Your censor is kind of adorable!

  20. Renate Says:

    I just printed out your censor and pasted into my notebook for the morning pages. My censor said: ‘well, you cannot even draw your own one.’
    True. But Iam able of being creative with other ones drawings πŸ™‚

    Renate (The Hague, Netherlands)


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