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 started the Street Prey Webcomic in 2020 to further explore her love for storytelling.