What's up? I'm back... once again a bit later than usual, but back after all. If you've been following my work, you might remember that my last few weeks have been pretty packed with work and projects (the way I like it!). As a result, right now I'm just laying on my bed, finishing up the last few boxes I have of junk food, after skipping taking a shower for the 10th day in a row. In other words: I'm in relax mode. OK, everything that I mentioned in the past sentence it's a lie (no junk food, no skipping showers), but I am relaxing indeed. It is not uncommon for me to take a little break after finishing an image, or a group of them. Just a week ago I finished the first half of the line featuring sexy girls and marijuana, which deserves a break period to relax.
So, what did I do during these past few days? Sleep all day? Binge on Netflix? Learn a new language? Well, no, no and I wish. I actually spent most of my time doing chores and repairs around the house. I know, sounds as exciting as watching grass grow, but I honestly like to do those kind of activities. I wish I had more spare time to do those. In my particular case, I like to spend my "off-time", doing activities unrelated to artwork. It can be anything, from cleaning the kitchen to fixing the yard to fixing a ceiling fan. It is my way of "cleaning my insides", so the creative juices start flowing freely. That actually sounded pretty gross, more like a laxative treatment, but you know what I mean. :)
Why am I talking about doing chores and house repairs? This is a place to talk about art, right? Well, as I mentioned in the past paragraph, I do activities like those in order to clean my mind for new ideas, and let my body rest. That lets me be prepared for more long hours in front of my desk. And I think that keeping your mind and body fresh, is a very important part of being an artist, at least to me. By stepping away from my artwork and doing something else, I let myself have a better perspective. Drawing or painting piece after piece is great to 1) get more work done in less time, and 2) to keep the lines flowing. When I draw constantly, I am able to draw faster and more precise. Unfortunately, drawing "too constantly" has undesirable effects as well, like getting into a rut. That's when the drawings start to resemble too much to each other (I've been there many times). I mean, there's nothing wrong to doing drawings that look similar to each other, pretty much all artists do that, especially when they develop their own style. But, in my personal case, when I draw too many pieces of artwork right after another, my drawings start too look all the same... or at least I feel that way. And at the end, it doesn't matter if I'm imagining that or not, if I feel like my artwork is in a rut, I will not feel good doing it.
My humble opinion is that, in a way, doing chores and house repairs is actually part of my artwork as well, because it allows me to keep creating with a fresh new perspective. Never underestimate those little things that make a huge difference in your life. Being that said, I'm off to finish building a few solar screens for the windows at home (the scorching Summer is just around the corner). Does that help my artwork? Oh, yeah!
I'll be back soon to post the weekly sketch for this week, and then next week back to create naughty artwork. :) By the way, if you would like to support the creation of my fore mentioned naughty artwork, please consider joining my Patreon to become a patron of my work, all you need is $1, every contribution is greatly appreciated. Visit patreon.com/popeyewongart to join... check it out! Thanks again and see you next time!
Pin-up artist by day… and also by night. Well, mostly by night, because night time is my favorite time to paint.