Art Slump

Yup. Art-slump. What can you do?
...First, you have to realize that you're in one. Done. It's been over a month since I've worked on anything not job-related. No drawing, no painting. It's not easy to recognize that the slump has smothered you.
...Keeping a sketchbook, or a blog can help. For example, today -- as I boarded the internet for more job-related activity -- my blog appeared in the window. Oh look, I thought, I haven't drawn anything since early September-- and that was a pitiful little doodle. Crap. I should do something. Perhaps another pitiful little doodle.
...I created a photoshop document, and stared at that for a second. What am I going to do? I'm too busy to do this.
...It is dim outside. The early morning in the shadow of Mission Peak is cool and gray, the sun will not bite the tops of the trees for another half-hour. Across the street walks someone wrapped up in a thick coat and heavy pants. He has a backpack that hangs off his back and a gigantic shoulder bag. He appears to be delivering papers-- they don't deliver them that way anymore, do they?
...I sketch him quickly, but he is gone before I figure out how to draw the shoulder bag. Quick color job. Ta daa.
...Now, I can begin a new art-slump.
The End


  1. Having the same issues on the writing side. Not sure if work stuff is sucking it out of me, but every time I sit down to write something for I just come up with "meh" not worth writing. I hope to snap out of it soon.

  2. I'm working the newspaper job-- which is getting worse in every imaginable way-- and teaching two classes online-- which is fun but also takes a lot of time. I'm facing real time management issues. Can you be so busy that you don't have time for anything else, and yet be so very bored?
    Yes, yes you can.

  3. Whoa. Pardon the whine there. Tired and cranky in the morning. Better now. Still kind of rings true, though. There I go again...