1. Be present, (with your ability, tools, experience, materials, feelings)
2. Then Engage the task. Form a relationship with it, make it personal, invest yourself in it, be subjective rather than objective.
3. Learn the tools beginning with a pencil, then a pen, then the others (brush, marker, Adobe etc)
4. Keep your work but don't take it seriously. Move fast and lose too much caution on the front end. Realize the only piece of work is the one you accept as the end of the process, so overlay overlay overlay x a hundred.
5. Study precedent. Borrow from it, steal it, then throw it away. Pretend it was your idea.
6. Study the artistic process from a classical viewpoint. Masters, students, guilds, simple tasks, tracing, advancements, critique, craft, patience, the long haul.
7. Accept your idiosyncrasies. Let your flaws be part of your statement. You can't fix yourself.
In addition to art and architecture, Phil is an author of two books.