Bears Cure Drawing Slumps

The last few days I’ve held my pencil and paper and ..


It’s not that I don’t have anything to draw, I have a few projects I’m working on. It’s not like I don’t WANT to draw, I certainly do. But there’s a lack of connection there.

There are lots of reasons for getting into a drawing slump. Overthinking the process, maybe feeling sad, overwhelmed or maybe you’re just too busy right now. Whatever the reason, the pencil won’t move on the paper, and the longer the slump lasts, the harder it is to get drawing again.

The only cure I know for a drawing slump is to draw something. Seems stupid-simple right? But it’s the only thing that works for me. I just let go of all the thoughts and expectations, and I draw my feelings. This time, I don’t know why I was in a drawing slump so I decided to draw my slump! Messy, frustrated, blank page.   I finished the sketch, feeling a little better, but still slumpy. Just then, a teddy bear popped up on the page to see what I was working on and discovered nothing on the page. slumpyslumpneeds-more-bearsThat's-Better!

Great suggestion, little bear! Now the slumps have been shaken off, and I’m back to drawing!

Guest Strip for P.J. Day

Last month P.J. Day, creator of the web comic Flatt Bear, asked me to draw a guest strip for him. I had so much fun with this project!  It took me a few weeks to finish this so I have crazy amounts of respect for cartoonists like PJ for publishing weekly (Flatt Bear comes out THREE times a week!)

Here is the guest strip. Please go check out Flatt Bear! If you want to read it from the beginning, here is The First. You can also learn more about PJ  here or follow him on twitter.

Thanks to my family and Vince Dorse for being patient as I badgered them for critiques 🙂