Experimentation vs Execution

We are well into the 3rd month of the year here and I thought I'd share the drawings I've done for fun so far this year.

Been spending most of my time for the last 4 months on SkyHeart, so I haven't been drawing for fun as much as I have in past years. I think it's important to just sandbox draw because so many cool ideas come out of that. I get so busy with urgent work I sometimes forget to draw for fun. And by fun I mean exploration, play, and experimentation. 

I guess that's the way the pendulum swings. I used to draw an awful lot for fun and didn't making anything of lasting importance (like graphic novels or picture books). For several years I did a lot of exploration; trying to find new designs for characters and world building. I did a ton of exploration in my 20's and early 30's; figuring out what styles, mediums, and tools worked well for my goals. 

But now I'm in execution mode. Which means my last sketch book took a full 9 months to fill (I usually fill 4 in a year), but I've been able to sketch, pencil, and ink an entire graphic novel. 

But maybe that's how it's supposed to work, you explore, play, and experiment, then find something you want to sink your teeth into and deploy, execute, and produce. I just wish I could figure out a way to not do one at the expense of the other. 

Hoping I find the balance between these two before my career is over! 

Anyway, here's my drawings. Commentary in the captions.

-Jake

 Only after I posted this on Instagram and someone mentioned the word "avocado" did I realize this looks like an AVOCADO BOT. Maybe I should do more food based robots. 

Only after I posted this on Instagram and someone mentioned the word "avocado" did I realize this looks like an AVOCADO BOT. Maybe I should do more food based robots. 

 An Emerald City Street Guard is startled by a rascal riding a kangaroo-rabbit. I colored this with my Winsor Newton watercolor set which I love.

An Emerald City Street Guard is startled by a rascal riding a kangaroo-rabbit.
I colored this with my Winsor Newton watercolor set which I love.

 he Emerald City Air Squadron defends the city from all enemies, foreign and domestic. I drew this in anticipation of Emerald City ComicCon. Every year before I go I do some kind of Emerald City themed drawing. 

he Emerald City Air Squadron defends the city from all enemies, foreign and domestic. I drew this in anticipation of Emerald City ComicCon. Every year before I go I do some kind of Emerald City themed drawing. 

 This is my go-to default subject matter when I don't know what to draw. Little bots with numbers on them. I did 200 of them several years ago. This drawing and the next are me toying with the idea of doing another hundred.

This is my go-to default subject matter when I don't know what to draw. Little bots with numbers on them. I did 200 of them several years ago. This drawing and the next are me toying with the idea of doing another hundred.

 Cooling off.  This was all digital from sketch to final. Took 2 hours. I drew it for an  svslearn  .com  live demo. You can order, download, and watch it  here . 

Cooling off.

This was all digital from sketch to final. Took 2 hours. I drew it for an svslearn.com live demo. You can order, download, and watch it here

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