I wrote a little while ago about a drawing realization that I had. I didn't realize until tonight just how significant that was. I was doing some sketches inspired by Kiki's Delivery Service and I realized that, for me, I need to draw slower and more deliberately; to draw as if I were drawing with a pen all the time. No guidelines or starting the drawing soft/light.
I can only speak for myself, but this seems to be a major improvement in my drawing style. I'm always looking for that spark of magic that makes an illustration special and I'm starting this year off with a great vibe.
I've got some reading to do after my best friend gave me a bunch of Murakami books. I've read After Dark but none of the others. I'm currently reading Inferno, which is a fantastic book along with a few others so it'll be some time before I can start these books.
I'm going to spend the rest of this week also making a storyboard, which I found a good template for. Maybe I'll use a scene from Inferno as source material for my storyboard, since I also haven't seen the movie.
My semester at BCC is all done and I want to thank all my students for being amazing and giving such amazing feedback on my evaluations. My Winter break has offically started.
I had some good weather to skate today and I popped my final olly on this deck. I really love skateboarding and I use my boards until the bitter end. I do the same thing with my shoes, my diaries and my sketchbooks. I think it's important to use up and get the most out of whatever you love. If you love drawing, then fill your sketchbooks. You're not going to get any better by letting it sit around. The same is true of skateboarding. Ride your board till it breaks.
There's also a certain beauty and life that is built up when you use items for a long time. It's the same when I look at a well read book. You can't fake that certain natural wear. Merry Christmas to everyone, see you all next year.