How Sleep Can Make You a Better Artist

It doesn’t look like much does it? But believe it or not, this roughly drawn out sketch is just about the hardest, most mentally taxing step in the creation of a Comic Book illustration.

To be honest, it’s embarrassing just how much time I can spend on this faze of the drawing alone. Tweaking it, trying my darndest to get everything measured up correctly. Making sure the anatomy all checks out.

But you know what? When I’m in that ‘everything must be perfect’, logical head space – my creativity gets completely hosed.

See this illustration is probably one of the last two I’ve got lined up for my upcoming Proportions Lesson – coming out end of next week.

So I’m in mega-crunch time mode at the moment trying to get it all done. That translates to lots of coffee, lack of sleep, and very little sunshine.

That also impacts creativity… and makes it very tough to become completely immersed in the ‘Zone’.

Luckily my lovely lady dropped in today and forced me to take a step back from the drawing board, and indulge in a little R&R…

After a few hours of nap time – guess what? I came back to this illustration with a fresh set of eyes, trashed the previous sketch, and started again – except this time I knocked it out in an hour or two.

Didn’t have to do anywhere near the amount of tweaking I needed to last time either! And you can see it in the lines themselves… that creative, fun, fully immersed energy in every stroke.

Moral of the story is – sleep is good. And also, when it comes to your art, as much as you’d like it to be perfect, your top priority in the moment should always be the joy of what you do. It’s a weird little catch 22, but being the OCD perfectionist that I am, it catches me off guard more times than I’d like to admit.

Keep on creating – and I hope you enjoy the pic!


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