When you are completely stopped 'drawer's block' what do you do?
Hey hey! I don’t really like the term artblock/writer’s block/whatever, it’s an unnecessarily negative concept that only brings more stress into the picture. I prefer to think about it as “not-drawing” or just “i feel like poop”.
Not-drawing is part of drawing, stressing out is part of learning, like how you get growing pains when you’re a kid and your body is changing.
It’s a good idea to try to be self-conscious about it and realize you’re in a bad phase that’ll go away if you keep at it. It’s ok if you don’t draw for a while, just keep your tools close by and doodle when you feel like it. I personally find it helps to look at new things, movies by a director you don’t know, videogames you wouldn’t normally care about, music you previously might’ve thought was horrible. Be open to new stuff. Stare at the ceiling, WORK OUT (your body is great at giving you natural feel-good drugs that can work wonders for your drawing mood), listen to music, make a puzzle, talk to friends. Sometime’s you’ll have a deadline that might get you unstuck. You never now what it’ll be because it’s not an external factor that helps you, really, it’s just you and your brain. Not-drawing is a good thing, it’s a study phase, a chance to assess yourself and measure your work. If it takes a while, don’t stress out too much. Measure twice, cut once.
Drawing is a long-term relationship and it’ll have its ups and downs. It’s like holding your breath in — you need to exhale eventually, but the more you do it in a concentrated conscious way, the more you’ll be able to hold your breath eventually. Don’t stress it out! Breathe in, breathe out.
Hey, brother. I just wanted to drop a note and say how much I enjoy your work, both as a longtime fan of cyberpunk fiction and an author. I had a real problem with writer's block trying to get through my fourth book, and reading both volumes of Old City Blues really shook the blockage out of my system. I love it. Please keep it up! Looking forward to Old City Blues volume 3...
Hey, thanks for that, this is pretty huge for me to know. That’s really great! I’ve been on and off the same boat all this year so I can definitely relate, and it’s funny/interesting how you never know what’ll get you unstuck (for me now it’s goa trance which is just ridiculous but it works).
I’m gonna have to check out your books, definitely looks like the kind of thing I’d be into, too. Thanks for the message, much appreciated.
Hey don't listen to that last anon, man. Your roots show through, but you've definitely transformed them into your own thing. I'd recognize your work anywhere, no question.
Hey thanks, much appreciated. I regret replying to that cuz under other circumstances it could’ve been a legit conversation on stealing/copying/borrowing/inspiration/learning. Copying styles is a great exercise and I kinda wish more people would mess around with it.
Just wanted to say that your Peace Walker simile made me smile. So I guess the Prophet crew are some of your recruits? The image of you choking out Graham and hooking him to an extraction balloon pleases me greatly, but I fear I'm mixing metaphors.
Haha, I’m glad you liked it and hopefully it made some sense in general. I think Brandon is just way too tall for me to choke out and even then it would probably be the other way around!
Hey, thanks! I do the music stuff so much for my own entertainment and it’s always fun to hear from anybody who listens to any of it. I know most people out there are like “uh oh… he’s doing that thing again”.
big huge fan since I found a copy of OCB back in junior year of high school, and I just wanted to say thanks! You're definitely a big part of why I got into comics and animation. I can't believe it took me this long to find your tumblr! keep up the awesome work
Hey! That’s awesome, thanks for sharing, and it’s cool to meet you. Thanks for the kind words, I really appreciate it!