I think of my workshops as engines of inspiration. A student comes in with the fuel of imagination and I help them convert it to productive energy. Does it seem antithetical to ally artistic expression and mechanical efficiency? Some people just want to get messy and make stuff, right? That's true, but I find just as many people who want to express themselves clearly and efficiently.
Much of my own inspiration comes from the amazing work and teachings of storytellers like Scott McCloud, Andrew Loomis, Ursula K. Le Guin, Matt Madden, Bill Waterson, Jorge Luis Borges, Joseph Campbell and Lynda Barry (to name a few). Story engineers of the highest caliber! I'm constantly disassembling, rearranging and rebuilding their ideas to make new class projects.
I have lots of workshops coming up, are you interested yet?