I’ve been reading the Giffen/Dematteis/Maguire Justice League International stuff, God Hates Astronauts, Battling Boy, a bunch of Jason anthologies, Old City Blues, a bunch of stuff from Peow Press (Hanna K and Valentin Scheit are both amazing), a bunch of random House Of Mystery stuff from the late 60’s/early 70’s, a couple Luke Pearson Hilda books, some Adrian Tomine collections, and I’m about to start Jesse Moynihan’s Manly, Hip Hop Family Tree II, and Petrograd.
Plus whatever monthly stuff I’m picking up. Also, webcomics on study group, and Dustin weavers amnia cycle.
Hi Ben. It's been about 5 days since I've had any good ideas for things to draw or sketch or anything, even though I've still tried to draw every day, I just can't seem to come up with something that I'd be super proud of. Any advice?
Run through all the reasons you might be unsatisfied with your stuff. It’s easy to just not like what you are doing, but identifying what you don’t like makes it easier to solve the problem.
One time when I was in a drawing slump I drew an N64 controller. It wasn’t a photorealistic drawing, and it wasn’t the best drawing I’ve ever done. However, it was an object that I had held in my hands for hundreds of hours. I liked the design of it.
Drawing something that was loaded with nostalgia, but also visually appealing somehow got me really excited about drawing again. It’s common sense, but if you can find a way to remind yourself that your best, most honest work is part representation/part personal perspective, it’s easier to get excited about drawing.