|Cartoons by Nancy Husari||
Tired. I did 4 hours on my art this week. (I'd committed to 5) It shows how important it is to carve out, write on the schedule, times when I am going to do my creative work before the week starts. It doesn't even matter what I "work" on; as long as I'm present and NOT DOING ANYTHING ELSE, something happens. Most of my art was sort of business-y this week as I'm preparing for APE (Alternative Press Expo) in 2 weeks. Exciting, but a little scary. This blog/commitment thing does make me go down to the studio on Sunday nights and do something just for fun. I like to listen to KCSM (the jazz station) while I work down here. (I say "down here" because the living area in my condo is upstairs and the bedrooms are downstairs. One of the bedrooms is my art studio, but it really belongs to the cats, and they know it.) My just for fun piece this week is the beginning of a pastel drawing. I drew with a fine ballpoint pen, and then intended to "color" in pastel....but before I knew it, I had scanned the pen drawing into the computer, and I was trying to add color there. And I was frustrated. I came to my senses, took the drawing out of the scanner, and drew the old-fashioned way. Why are we so "drawn" to technology? I've noticed that many conversations with friends often segue into involved discussions about our respective phones, contracts, and carriers. Why is that? As I said, I'm tired, so I'm rambling.
I did 2 hours on my art this week. It's so tempting to say what I DIDN'T do. (I had committed to 6 hours), but part of the process is about being OK with not finishing the commitment and just starting over again. I did one hour earlier in the week on businessy things in preparation for APE (Alternative Press Expo), and tonight I worked on the "fabricat" project. Here's a prayer flag with a photo of Archie on it. I printed Archie onto a print friendly fabric and ironed it onto the red fabric. Then I added a few dots of fabric paint. I still need to do the sewing part. My commitment for this coming week: 5 hours.
In 1986, I came up with a system (or rather a system came to me) to commit to a certain number of hours per week to work on your (my) creative project. I got the idea from an article on creativity in Glamor Magazine. They said to commit to LESS time than you think you could do. I started with 6 hours a week, and gradually that went up to fifteen at its peak. This system has been the key to my sustained progress on my cartoons for the past 26 years. I fell away from my system during the past year, and now I'm doing it again. This week I commit to 6 hours. I want to tell you how difficult that's going to be because of all of the other stuff that I have to do this week, but I won't.
Today, I went to my Graphic Novels meetup group in San Francisco. There's a group of four of us who have been meeting since the beginning of 2010. Four new people came today. A great way to share ideas, network, and see what other artists and writers are doing. I've never blogged before, so I'm not sure how this works.
This is my first blog ever. I think that I'll write about my history as a cartoonist. Feel free to join in the conversation about your creative process.