I am very happy to throw my hat in for the month and sharing a sketch a day for as many days I can in November. I missed the first 4 days working on a project with a deadline. I am happy to tell you I finished ahead of schedule and ready to get cracking here!
I plan and sketch in quiet. I turn off my music, turn off my audiobooks, and I sit in a quiet room and just draw until my brain settles into a quiet hum. I center on my task and the noise outside the world and inside my head fades away. I focus on the character’s emotion and often find myself taking on the pose while I sketch. Most of the time though, I end up hunched over my sketch as if I’m trying to enter the paper. On a really good day, my sketch becomes a character and starts to help shape itself. On a bad day, I’m just drawing loops and sticks until it’s clear that the character is my distracted and worried mind. Whether I’m drawing something I love, or that I end up tearing to bits, I draw in quiet.
Now, once the first planning stages are complete and the process of colors comes into play, I really enjoy an audio book. I let my subconscious play with the colors while I listen to the narrator talk in a soothing tone.