Just Take a Day

I needed to just take a day. None of my days are spent doing nothing but this was definitely less productive than most.

A few minutes of work on the Pokemon drawing and I’m happy with the wing of the Spearow that I shaded.

Pokemon Drawing

I do want to mention something about Bernie Wrightson. I’ve heard of him before but it was in the last couple of days that I’ve really recognized what an amazing artist he was.

Not only is his line work exceptional but his compositions are breathtaking. I would live to buy his illustrated book of Frankenstein but it costs around $200. Well worth it in my opinion but I can get the images online to study.

Previous Pokemon Drawing Posts

Warm-up and DrawABox exercises

The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


The challenges continue with the 250 box challenge.

drawabox.com exercise

Modeled Drawing in Watercolor

The short modeled drawing in watercolor from an exercise in Nicolaides’ book.

Modeled drawing in watercolor

Daily Composition and Sketch

Again today I took my time drawing a cup on my desk starting with pencil first. Then I drew a cashier at Loews that I saw while buying a bunch of supplies to mount my paintings for a show.

daily composition and sketch

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I’m not feeling well so I decided to just take a day, but I still was able to get some “micro wins” on all my commitments.

What needs work? What did you learn?

I need some good quality sleep.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

I’m going to focus on doing everything I can to get the best sleep tonight.


  1. A few days ago I had almost no motivation. I don’t really know why, but I was dragging. I tried to force myself to get some painting done but it was a monumental effort. Then I remembered something Jeff Watts said: sometimes the best cure for laziness is to just give into it, to go all out, to be really, really lazy. I did just that. I called it quits after an hour, made myself a couple of cheese burgers (which I love but eat very, very rarely), watched a movie I’ve been wanting to see for a while now — Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (it was great!) — and then spent the rest of the day surfing the Internet. I was a real slob. LOL! But it worked. I woke up the next morning refreshed and ready to go. Sure, my stomach didn’t feel so good, but skipped breakfast and made sure to drink a ton of water. By noon was I feeling great.

    Upon reflection I see my real mistake. I’ve been working every day at art for several weeks now. That’s not healthy for me. I need a day off. The late Pope John Paul II said that true recreation is re-creation. That is what has been missing for me the last few weeks — spending quality time engaged in re-creation. While I enjoyed the self-indulgence, it’s just not healthy on any level: the spiritual, the intellectual, the physical.

    Now I’m just talking aloud. I guess my point is that maybe setting aside one day a week where you only spend 30 minutes in your sketchbook having fun (I know you’re dedicated to daily art) might be a N=1 experiment worth trying. And then spend the rest of your day in re-creation.

    • Yes definitely an experiment worth trying! I’ve committed myself to doing something every day and simple 30 minutes I think will work well. I’ll try it at some point and let you know how it goes. Probably after I get my latest sleep challenges under control. I need to minimize the variables to have an accurate experiment. We will both keep optimizing! Thanks!

  2. Thanks for sharing that link to Berni Wirghtson sketches. Holy cow! Those are insane.
    Maybe, if you really wanted to splurge too get an in-depth look at these, you could use finishing a certain amount of Fandom Fitness drawings to buy it. I know you said it’s not “necessary”, but there is a difference from computer screen and real life (there’s a metaphor for our current reality, right?). I’d like to see these too.

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