I realise that I didn’t draw anything at all last week and the week before that. Sure, I’ve been thinking about it and getting small ideas for mini-comics, but I don’t think I actually grabbed a pencil and sat down to sketch before last Saturday. There are a lot of random reasons for this surprising lack of creativity, and here are some of them.
First of all, I tried Minecraft for the first time. For a few days, I sat for 3-4 hours in a row, mining, building and exploring. The thing which was the most fun (besides learning how the game mechanics worked) was discovering the vast possibilities of the sandbox world. I started an ambitious project which involved creating a lot of powered train rails and building long, aerial railways. But I soon lost interest, which I think might be a good thing. I mean, I will probably visit the Minecraft world again sometime soon, and see what more I can do to make it awesome, but for now, I’m not totally hooked.
Secondly, my iMac has been making a buzzing noise when I use it for a longer periods of time, and I’m afraid to make it worse. I should’ve contacted support and gotten it fixed, but I’ve been procrastinating. Instead, I’ve just used my laptop on a lapdesk, which places me away from the desk, and thus away from my sketchbooks and supplies. It’s weird how I haven’t bothered to get away from my laptop to draw… But I suppose it’s connected to the final point on this list…
I watch a lot of videos on YouTube. And I really mean a lot! There seems to always be 20+ videos in the Watch Later-playlist, and I spend a significant amount of hours during the weekend to catch up. I subscribe to so many YouTubers, and there are new, interesting and/or entertaining videos to watch every day. Every day!
Maybe I’m just writing this as an excuse for being lazy, I don’t know. However, I would like to think of it as reflect ons on how I can stay on top of things and get more time to draw and create. In short – I’m not going to get hooked on Minecraft. I should get my computer fixed ASAP. Lastly, I should at least try to limit how much time I spend on YouTube.
At least I made the illustration of myself in Minecraft as I was writing this post. That should count as an end to my drawing hiatus… right?