I haven’t written anything new here for a while because I have a hard time balancing multiple creative outlets.
When I’m in a writing groove, I write a lot and often. Most of it isn’t good, but the thing about keeping a writing habit is, you get the not-so-good stuff out of your system. And then you start producing better writing.
But when I’m in a writing groove, that also means I don’t spend much time on any other creative work. Sometimes I end up cutting out inspiration sources, too— goodbye weird movies and all kinds of reading.
The opposite happens, too. If I go to the arts and crafts store and come back with a few projects to work on, my writing falls to the side. It’s not a terrible thing, but if I’m not writing much, I’m certainly not blogging much, either.
I was participating in Inktober, a challenge to produce one ink drawing every day in October. I didn’t hit every day, but I did a lot more than I expected.
Here are my favorite ones.
An old telephone.
Pinky and the Brain.
The Flux Capacitor from Back to the Future.
An astronaut in space, inspired by jonnysun’s tweet.
The Ravenclaw crest from Harry Potter.
(You can see the rest of my Inktober drawings on Instagram.)
I’ve never drawn this much in a month—only because I don’t make the time for it—and it was a delight to see what I could do with patience and dedicated time.
November always flies by for me. I feel like I blinked after Halloween and it was Thanksgiving. I was playing with hand lettering on and off during the month. Here’s an example:
And in all the time, I wasn’t writing because I was focusing on art…and watching a lot of movies. November was a great month for movies.
Given the way my hobbies go in phases, I’m going to shift the focus of this blog to showing my work (Austin Kleon-style), whatever work that may be. That way, it doesn’t have to be writing and it doesn’t have to be finished. I can simply share.