A nice and short post today. Compare how the first two pieces are from yesterday, a day, where I really focussed on creating them early in the day. The pieces from today, the second two, look like the build-up to yesterday’s Matthew Kane (Quake 4). I was absolutely tired after spending most of the day researching kinematics and hydraulics for better machines in the future. I see this is a long term investment, but I was not prepared on how tired I would be in the evening from it. It’s okay, just a new cycle in practise and repetitions. Maybe it broke my neck that I gave in to curiosity and peeked over to How to draw clothing folds. Whatevs, at least I’m still moving into the right direction overall. Style suitable for comics, here I come!
On another note, I heard about another thing yesterday that sounds terrifying to a character fixed artist such as myself. Apparently people train environments by dedicating a whole day a week to them. This makes terribly much sense and I know this would be really good for me, too. I can’t learn everything in a day, but I have to start investing.
What a start into a new week! I find myself in a new, very exciting situation of questioning. That happens. And luckily I’m not questioning myself, but rather how I prioritize and manage my activities. By a lucky coincidence I started reading “Atomic Habit” by James Clear today, so hopefully I’ll come to constructive conclusions, soon. The first chapters definitely were eye-opening already. It’s not such a wild mystery anymore why changing one’s way seems pretty hard sometimes – when you have your habits so ingrained in you that you don’t really think about what you are doing and why you are doing it anymore – and new things that run against it seem weird at first.
I try to keep Monday mainly a research day, so that I don’t have to go full stress on the first day already. Sometimes my most awesome experiments of the week happen on this day (second best day for it on Saturday). Today I was all about drawing machinery again and even made my daily guy a certain cyborg.
My curiosity was sparked so hard today that I experimented with my brush settings after making that bus. And yes, I did find better ones after a bit of trial and error to great success! Already looking forward to tomorrow to practise line weight better. I’m full force on my way to a comic style that looks like me. I like that. Let’s keep that trajectory up.
About the artist
Styxcolor creates freelance concept art and illustrations. She blogs about storytelling and art since 2020.