I’m Christine Nishiyama, artist and founder of Might Could Studios. I am an illustrator, writer, and teacher. I am the author/illustrator of We Are Fungi, and illustrator of the Layla and the Bots graphic novel series with Scholastic. I’ve also written over 100 essays on creativity and artmaking and taught 22 classes on Skillshare about illustration and art.

I started my email newsletter in 2017 and my emails are actually essays that aim to break down the thought processes behind making art. Over 15,000 readers subscribe, and I’d love to have you here too!

Why become a paid subscriber?

Free subscribers will always receive 1 essay a month. But paid subscribers will receive weekly essays, totaling 4-5 a month. Paid subscribers also get access to the full archive and I may add more features in the future.

I shifted to a paid newsletter so I can focus my time and energy on writing and creating, rather than marketing. Your subscription directly funds my art and helps me keep writing these essays.

Why should I care about your essays?

Through writing these essays, I explore my own struggles with making and living as an artist. I enjoy breaking down the thought process behind making art, and how we can overcome the mental roadblocks standing in our way. Common themes include:

  • Self-doubt

  • Impatience

  • Self-judgment

  • Perfectionism

  • Shame

  • Negative self-talk

  • Uncertainty

  • Overthinking

But don’t take it from me! Here’s what readers have said about my email essays:

“Hello Christine! THANK YOU!!! I'm signed up to various newsletters. And when I got your first one in my mailbox, I opened it as many other occasions... without expecting too much. But you've said and wrote about THE things I'm in so need to hear and finally understand. That's why I'm so grateful to you. I always read you in the morning, at my office (I work in a hospital) and when I read you I want to go out and draw!! You're speaking to my heart and mind so directly, that you're helping me so much. So I just wanted to take a minute to write these lines and saying thank you again! Looking forward to hearing of you always from now on!! –Dolores M.

"Just gotta say... I just signed up a few days ago and sat down while waiting on my 15 year old to get out of school and read this. I now have tears streaming down my face and felt more reading this than I have felt period in a long time! Great essay! Will have me reflecting rest of today if not rest of the week!" –Megan R.

“I love the way you tap into the mind and emotion, and connect it with art and the whole creative process. It just all makes so much sense.” –Aryln R.

“Christine, I love reading your essays! Thank you for sharing your wisdom. They always make me feel better and I'm becoming way less judgmental about my art. You're the best! Thanks again.” –April R.

“I have cried after reading the essay! These were the most beautiful thoughts I've ever read! Dear Christine, I wish I could be in touch with my feelings as you are now.” –Tatiana M.

“Dear Christine, in the years I've been reading your posts, I am repeatedly touched by your realness and wisdom.” –Ariel R.

“Christine, I LOVE you SO much for this! And I will be reading this to my son when he gets home from school later today because I think it’s an important message for all artists. There are a LOT of critics in this world, ready to point out our imperfections. And some, who take pleasure in doing so. After a while, maybe, we become that critic for ourselves—telling ourselves "it’s impossible, those people are not like us, they are somehow more special." But it only takes one small, pure voice (like my son for me) pushing back on those messages to help us see our way back to the things we love. Thank you for being one of those voices.” –Vanessa A.

“Just a quick note to say THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for your weekly essays! I ALWAYS enjoy them and you always seem to know EXACTLY what I need to hear. Thank you, thank you, a million thank yous!” –Jill B.

“I know these articles aren’t easy for you but please know that we love them! I think it’s fantastic how you try to break down the thought process behind the art because heaven knows, we need it! It is such a universal problem that it is our thinking (and unfortunately, thoughtless people) that hold us back from making art. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to put these thoughts together for us.” –Renee R.

Thank you for your support! <3