Don’t Train The Same Art Muscles Every Day

Don’t Train The Same Art Muscles Every Day

Sorry for the radio silence. I’ve been hard at work getting the art for The Walk further along than it has been. But I still feel like a failure on many levels. I can’t blame myself for losing a couple years on it due to my health. But I have a hard time working on it now. When you are working out, you aren’t supposed to work the same muscle group every day. Could that be the same with art? I decided to do something about it.

I started working on a new short comic in tandem with The Walk. It’s in a completely different style and subject matter. It’s made a world of difference on my outlook. Now, instead of struggling through a page for The Walk, I can do a page for this new story. It has actually helped me work more on The Walk because I know I can go back to the other story soon. Because I’m having fun. Oh man, I can’t tell you how much fun it was to draw this page. And I think it shows.

It’s a short story that I plan on self-publishing as a mini-comic. I’ll also include it in a one-person anthology book that I am planning. I’m feeling the need to work on short stories now, or serializing longer ones. Another stumbling block I almost hit on this short story: feeling like I needed to do several drafts. And that’s not necessary. That’s going to slow me down.

A common theme in past blog posts is how I have been thinking about doing a one-person anthology series. A series in the vein of Crickets, Eightball, Lose, or countless others. One large issue a year. Thinking about self-publishing it has me excited. Most of the work will appear online, too. But this is where I’m at now as an artist.

When I get on Facebook, I see my younger peers working all night, preparing their books for cons. I regret that I’m not there anymore in my life. But I have to be realistic about my age and output now. Which isn’t to say I’m jealous. I’m happy with where I’m at. Thinking about scraping by to get to a con now makes me content to stay home. I’ll deposit that table fee into my retirement account instead.

I’m turning 40 in a month. You can’t run every day the older you get. You can’t work the same muscle group. You have to mix it up and compensate for your age.

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