Nowadays with all the fancy computer tools out there the temptation is to let the computer do most of the work for you. When you’re really up against a deadline I can see how this is useful, but there is nothing more satisfying than simple old pencil and paper to rock out a drawing. As much as I can I try to sketch and doodle whenever possible. I carry a sketchbook most everywhere I go. Sometimes I find I just bring the sketchbook along for the ride, but the whole point is to actually USE it. Whenever I am waiting in line, by myself, or bored, I open the sketchbook and start to doodle. It’s the pencil mileage that really matters, it’s the basis for everything we do.
For my last job, I ended up doing a lot of computer work and previz. Although 3D software is a great tool, I found myself thinking, how rigid and uncreative the whole process really was. When you are drawing, not only do you have to think about the storytelling, but the craft of drawing is also wholly important. There is a creation process that happens. You create the simplified characters you draw, the poses, and the set dressing. Satisfaction for me comes when I feel like I get faster, and the ideas start to flow “easier”. I say “easy” because it never really gets easy, we have to keep pushing ourselves until we become factories of creation. To me, much of my enjoyment comes from the process, not the product. And although most of my focus even when I am teaching is not about the drawing, I can’t stress how important it is to keep those drawing skills fresh. Draw damn you! …and I’ll sketch along too.