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Spreading it out

Spreading it out

  • October 24, 2018

For the past many weeks, I’ve been sketching spreads for a 3 book deal I have due in January. It’s an excellent opportunity to get out there, and perhaps an even better one for me, personally, to get into the habit of getting things done.

With such a significant amount of drawing to be done, on relatively short deadlines, I’ve had to figure out just how much I can produce on a regular day, while still exercising and feeding myself, and taking care of chores. It’s turned out quite well.

Some days are better than others. Some days I don’t feel any energy at all, so I do something to remedy that. Either I chill with a short tv show and a cup of coffee; or, more likely: I’ll watch said tv show while working out to my HIIT app, and then jog on the spot for 30 minutes. That usually energizes me enough to get back to work.

I’ve been better at not avoiding work until the last minute (although, right now I ought to be sketching 10 spreads… what’s wrong with me?!), but, most days, I can still manage to squeeze in my Hooky work.

For example: while scanning the sketches, I might ink a comic page. While I’m Photoshopping, I might colour a page, and if I’m setting up photoshop files to send on to a client, I might place that same comic page in InDesign. Then that’s done. One more bit of clapboard on the tiny house I’m building called Hooky. It’s slow—which I am not used to—but it’s getting there.

That said, I better get back to it!

In the kitchen studio

In the kitchen studio

  • October 19, 2018

I’ve been sketching like mad in the kitchen for the past few weeks. First, because I had to: my daughter, Ina was home sick for part of a week, so I doodled when I could. That turned out to be a lot. Amazing how much she can stare at an iPhone.

Then my eldest daughter, Tilja, got a bug and was home for a week. I stayed put.

When everyone was back to health, I didn’t feel well. I pulled my back a bit redecorating the kids bedroom, and then had a little bit of the same bug Tilja had. So… more home office.

I got into a nice routine of setting up the printer, my bag full of files and folders, the light board and my pencils and pens, and then set to sketching while half watching streaming tv shows like:

  • Trust
  • Madam Secretary
  • Kidding
  • Sinner (Season 2)

The days breezed past. I ended up going to the studio, finally, for a day of work and a board meeting, then again just a few days ago to pull a very long day, Wednesday, to meet a deadline Thursday. That knocked me out, so I was back to the kitchen studio before noon and managed to get in my daily spread sketch quota. Pretty handy working from home. Even now—as I sit on the toilet, blogging, listening to Monocle Radio, I can see just how practical it really is.

Let’s begin again.

Let’s begin again.

  • March 20, 2018

Blogging was something I did many years ago before I had an iPhone. Before social media. I suppose it was social media in those days. I enjoyed doing it, and it was something that got readers and received comments or emails.

I don’t expect to get any of that now.

I’m sure people are way too busy with their phones to notice my tappings here. But, for myself, I think it would be nice to have a studio journal as a part of the work I am making. I could do that on Instagram—where I seem to be (if at all) these days— but I feel like, there, I have to be all hash-taggy and quick and prolific. I don’t like being rushed to write in an app like that. Writing this way is much more relaxing.

So, I will write these posts as if I was writing to one person, be that this journal, or maybe you? And I’ll do it at my own sweet pace, thank you very much:)

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