I read an article someone posted (I can’t remember where anymore) about an artist talking about taking 30 minutes and drawing for himself before he’d start anything else for the day. I can understand the benefits, though I think my take on it may be different from the original writer’s point. So I decided to start filling the pages of a new mixed media sketchbook I had bought. The first one was the mimes that I wanted to draw after one of my Inktober drawings in which I drew a mime. After filling the page with pencil sketches, then inking them with a Tombow wtaer-based pen and sharpie, I was finished in about 30 minutes. Perfect!
After mimes came some monsters…and a pretty disappointing use of the pens. I just wasn’t happy with the colors. I do like some of the monsters’ gestures though.
And today’s 30 minute sketch was robots. Again, I didn’t even really try to make these last 30 minutes…it just happens to be the right amount of time for some quick sketches and inking. I went back to black ink for the robots, with a green/gray waterpen and green and orange sharpies. I think the minimal color pop is fun.
I’m going to keep doing these pages. This certainly helps keep some drawing flow going and have something to post on Instagram. I can definitely carve out 30 minutes when I want to. Plus who knows what kind of new character ideas may come from some of these.