So, I recently plotted out my week. Everyday (yes even weekends) starts out with me waking up at 5am. I have 30 minutes to get up, eat breakfast, wake up, and then I start sketching. It has always been best for me to do anything and all things creative first thing in the morning, before anything gets in the way. The moment I start getting dressed, my work brain clicks on and it’s time to get moving, get going, get thinking about business (not art business stuff).
So, I plotted out certain things that happen everyday:
Mondays – recreate a thumbnail version of an action/narrative sequence.
Tuesdays – anatomy practice
Wednesdays – Draw a room/exterior from a magazine
Thursdays – anatomy practice
Friday – Fan Art (draw a favorite comic character)
Saturday – Sexy Saturday – draw a sexy lady.
The whole idea of a schedule is so that certain things get done. Like any list, if you do the things on the schedule – things will progress. Now, keep in mind this is just skill building – practicing a certain move — this has nothing to do with making an actual comic — this is stuff that I do everyday to sharpen my teeth and keep the skill level up.
You’ll notice that the schedule is a mix of fun stuff and practical use: anatomy, drawing a room, narrative story telling.
Once you start recreating panels you’ll see how long things take – and how much detail is put into things – and you realize what separates the big boys from the small timers.
In Renaissance days – (and pre-renaissance) there was this idea of copying a master — this idea of copying these two guys is going to help me develop a style and stretch my muscles. Eventually my own voice will emerge – but you have to start out copying somebody.
Of course as I’m drawing I’m thinking (I gotta get better at drawing clothes, I gotta practice my bone structure, I gotta get better at drawing houses, I gotta get better…) it’s a little intimidating but — what isn’t?
What’s your schedule?