Q:when you first started how much time did you spend on your work? i've been meaning to draw at least one thing every day but it's hard to stay motivated
When I first started posting drawings here I was unemployed, so it was much easier to spend a long time on drawings if I wanted to. It varied quite a lot, but I made a commitment to get one idea down on paper a day and spent as long as it took to make that work.
It’s really hard to stay motivated, I haven’t been posting daily drawings here for a while now. I do keep meaning to get back to it, but I’ve been working every day on other things. I read about a great productivity technique that Jerry Seinfeld recommended to a young comedian which really helps with motivation…
He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.
He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. “After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.”
"Don’t break the chain," he said again for emphasis.
He doesn’t say anything about how long you have to spend creating in a day, or how good it has to be. Just keep that chain going and things will start slotting into place.
If you search for something like “Jerry Seinfeld productivity” you’ll find a bunch of articles and posts about that technique.
Also, I should probably promote myself and say that I have an activity book that deals with this subject called The Art of Getting Started.
You can read more about that at leecrutchley.co.uk/books
Q:What was the happiest day of your life?
I hope I can never answer this question. Being able to recall the single happiest day of my life sounds terrifying. But I’m glad I could list thousands of happy moments.
Q:What advice/comment would you tell women as a whole?
I don’t think I’m in a position to offer women as a whole any kind of advice.
This is my sheet for Lisa Currie’s Scribble Project Exhibition.
You can see this (and 140+ more) in real life at Melbourne City Library in Australia until June 28th.
Over 140 artists are involved in the exhibition, and we were all given the same blank ‘scribble sheet’ as a starting point. It’s amazing to see the different directions everyone took their sheet.
There’s a few pictures on Instagram here: #thescribbleproject
Lisa’s also put some photos of the opening night on Facebook.
You know when illustrators post a #WIP that’s a beautifully lit photo of a final piece with a pencil and organic homemade green juice in shot?
Well that is mostly bullshit.
This is what a real #WIP photo looks like.
Loads of screwed up pieces of paper with “fuck” written on them, and no final piece in sight.