If money was no object and I had it my way, I would have pursued a career in cartoon animation. However, I got discouraged and grew the fear of being a starving artist. I found out people pay good money for design, so I took that route instead. It’s been almost 10 years, and I love what I do, but sometimes I just want to sketch.
Whenever I see a cool new cartoon I get excited and all the old feelings of my childhood come back. I want to do that. I want to create those types of fun experiences for people. I need to take drawing more seriously. With design, I wasn’t very good at first, but after time and practice I now make work I am proud of. Drawing will be no different. I just need to trust the process.
I’m not terrible at drawing, but I wouldn’t consider myself great either. I can occasionally produce nice things, but it’s sporadic. I never know when the sketch will come out nice. I know this is purely from lack of practice though. I know I will get better with time if I dedicate myself to it.
My first goal is to build a habit of drawing everyday. It’s fitting that I begin this commitment now in #Inktober, a drawing challenge where artists all over the world do one ink drawing a day the entire month. I’m hoping to use this challenge to kickstart my new daily drawing habit.
I have a lot of cool ideas, stories I want to develop into comics, animations, and even games, but I can’t get ahead of myself. For now the first step is to sketch.
I remember my parents telling me in high school that I was too old for cartoons, I wonder what they think now that I’m 25 and still at it. I was a kid in the 90’s, which was the golden era for cartoons, so how can you blame me? I’m going to commit to publishing something every week, starting this week, for #SaturdayMorningSketch.