This week I felt good about drawing two episodes of my new comic strip, and learnt that motivation and productivity comes in waves.
What went well this week?
I drew two episodes of my new comic strip in pencil and ink. I knew that drawing comic strips would make me feel better than last week, and they certainly did.
What was the top insight from your morning pages?
When I have had a very productive, highly-motivated day in the studio, and I've got in the flow and worked long hours and got lots done, it's almost inevitable that the next day I'll feel less motivated and get less done. Knowing that, I can stay calm through the trough, and the day after that is normally another very productive one. It's like waves of motivation and productivity. Peaks and troughs. All I have to do is ride them.
What was the number one action you identified?
Finish the portrait commissions. There are so many other things to do, like Christmas shopping and my tax return, but the deadline for the portraits is sooner so they take priority.
Have you been on an artist date this week?
No, not really. I play basketball most lunchtimes when I'm working at home, which is definitely fun enough to be an artist date. But it's the same activity each time.
Have you experienced any synchronicity?
Not that I can think of. I will keep my eyes and ears open.
What one thing would make next week even better than last week?
Finishing the commissioned portrait as well as drawing a comic strip. I don't mind if I only draw one comic strip this week.
Cartoonist and comics creator at Richard Pettitt Art. Studio in Uckfield, East Sussex, England.