While working on this drawing, I learned (or re-learned) the importance of acting on inspiration the moment it is received. I can't remember what I was looking at which sparked this image, but I decided to grab my sketchbook right away and start drawing. It turned out to be a smart thing to do. Since the idea was fresh in my mind and I was excited to put it down on paper, the experience turned out to be a lot of fun.
Inspiration can be a fickle thing, and is not something I can summon at will. Most of the time, whether at work or at home, any creative endeavor on my part really boils down to a lot of research, brainstorming, and drawing things over and over until they look right. Sometimes I'm really happy with how things turn out and sometimes I'm not. It's like digging through loads of dirt. Most of the time it's just a lot of work. But sometimes there are a few gems which surface in the process.
That said, I'm resolved to not push off inspiration when it comes. My sketchbooks will be a place I can turn to instantly to jot down any ideas, or (preferably) do an all out drawing if I can.
Inspiration, I've decided, is like a gift someone else occasionally gives me. It's awesome when it comes, but if I keep turning down or ignoring it, the frequency I'll receive it will probably diminish.
Conversely, I hope the more open, attentive, and appreciative I am of this gift when it comes, I will experience these magical moments of inspiration more frequent.
More choice snippets from my sketchbooks. I made myself some custom sketchbooks several years ago which allow me to switch out old pages for fresh new ones. As I take the old pages out, I add them to a stack. The bottom pile in the image below represents all I've done this year alone, and I'm nowhere near the level of page output I'd like to be.
Ps. I've recently started drawing with colored lead in 2mm lead holders which are pretty cool. I don't need to carry around a sharpener or worry about pencil shavings.
This page represents a sample of head studies from the last three weeks.
Out of 11 pages from my sketchbook, I picked a few of the best drawings from each page and pasted them all together. The top left represents the oldest and the bottom right is the most recent ones.
Filling about a page a day of heads from the same character really started to become drudgery, but once I started pasting the best ones from each page into the image above, it really became clear what progress I'd made. Was it worth it? You bet! :)
*Note: The proportions on these heads are distorted on purpose, it's part of the reason for all the studies.