Daily Routine of Successful Artists - Asking Pros
What's. Your daily routine, daily. Routine well the thing is to, be quite honest, my daily routine changes, from day to day I mean, I can get up one day like I want to start drawing and I'm gonna start working on my own projects, or other. Days it could be like I don't want to get up right now I'm just gonna lay in bed and be on my phone but, the thing is I don't feel guilty about the things I just want to do at the moment of. Course you know there's deadlines, you know there are priorities, and there are things I have the handle but, at the same time I don't pressure myself and feeling like I should be doing this and feeling guilty if I'm not doing it so the routine goes into more. Of the, interests, of things you want to go for that passion of things you want to do and it could be things like games it could be watching field it could be hanging out with friends also and, I think those are just as important, as a daily routine on top, of doing, the actual creative aspect of it because for me the, actual life experience, going out there and living is also, a huge part of being an artist too, so if you want to tell stories when, you got to go up there and lived a little bit - what. Do you think is the balance though the, balance, is when, those, priorities, are out of whack and the. Quality. That you're supposed, to get you're. Supposed to be consistent, with suffers, right. So if this if you're not hitting the same consistency, in terms of quality then, there is an issue of balance problem but if you can also still do those things and yet produce the same consistent, level of work then, hopefully, that means everything, isn't perfect kind of balance I was talking to some guy on Instagram he was asking me for help and I've. Kind of feeling that he wasn't really, putting in the time just from talking to him and I asked, him like what do you do most like most of the time what inspires you and he said oh video games and, movies I look cool how, often how much time, do you spend on, video, games and movies and he says pretty, much all day and so I go to sleep I like oh well that's not inspiring you he, said that that's what inspires him but it's like if it inspired you you would actually go and draw after. Inspiration. Is the fuel. Lead into you know any kind of art form or creative outlet so yeah okay you can play games but if that's the only thing you're doing all day and you don't really take that information in some ways as an, experience or visual, and apply, it somewhere for yourself then, yeah that's not necessarily, a good balance, as to what you have in daily life so, you know those outlets, of anything that you have can be used, to, your positive, advantage but, they can also be trapped without.
You Realizing so, you, do have to be very aware of where, you do put your time but, I am definitely saying that a lot of different experiences you can always add to, that usually want to get into but, you know even. If it's not the art poorness about the trends, of knowing what's going on you know staying in tune to the front lines of all the stuff around us I think, it's also important, too so being in an O is, quite, important as an instructor because, for a lot of my students that want to work in the entertainment field a lot of the older generation, instructors, right now are not very much involved in entertainment, so they don't know what's going on you don't know how to tell advice, about it's the kind of portfolio should have this is they games you they're working on this is that stuff that's currently going on right now but. If, we're not involved in it ourselves as professionals and, of course we are not be able to give them that proper advice so. I think it's also important, for me as an instructor doing, it to be involved with that. Thank. You very much it's absolutely awesome. My. Daily routine is wake, up make, lunch. For, my daughter, go. To work get, my lunch by going to this drawing, work. More go. Home lay my daughter we're, in bed draw, little. Details, the, only thing is do it and you work at Pixar I wanna thank. You. Thank. You very much thank you. So. In the day you have two parts to it you have productivity. Time and creativity time, creativity. Time is a very small bandwidth. Of time that your brain is active, towards ideas, and then, the rest of the day you're basically shut off to that and all you're good at doing is hammering the nails and cutting the wood basically. Finishing the art oh so in the morning I do all the creative stuff I don't have my phone near me I have the internet on because it's giving me pictures but I'm not surfing, the internet it's, things I need to see and I'm pulling together the, equations, that I'm going to be summing. Up throughout the day and then, once I have that put. Away I get, away from my art table I go play with the cats or do something normal and then I come back basically. Ready with none of the stuff that I just download, in my face because, I want that stuff to be in the background noise so, I can start being creative about it and then, at that point it's all productivity. Until the, next morning when I go to sleep for an hour wake up and do it again so what daily, routine do you recommend for a, student. Starting out okay, so as a student starting, out you're all gonna think that you don't need to draw very much you just know that you can draw because you watch the video the, thing here is that I don't like using this equation because it gets beat down really badly but it's like sports you, have to go out and swing the bat a thousand, times to know you're swinging it in the right place to hit the ball then you have to swing a thousand, more times to know that you're hitting it in a homerun space versus, a second. Base space first that you can actually control all of that the pool player is the same way they can hit there they, can hit the ball with their cue and hit it exactly the way they want it to spin the ball back to them if they want to that, requires, a lot of physical training over, and over and over again to, fail the. Goal here is failure, on a daily, basis, because if you don't fail when, you're doing you, won't recognize, it so that you have an answer for when you need to solve it as a professional. Learn. How, to, break, your day down so. That you know when it's creative, time and productive time build. On basic, exercises. First, so that your brain warms, up and that would be like the circles and the squares and the straight lines. And build, on your. Weaknesses so you have a list of weaknesses, today I'm gonna work on arms. Up because every time I try to draw these muscles, they look funky they don't feel right so that's a problem to solve for today go, into the Anatomy learn that then, go try and draw it from a photograph, using, the anatomy you learn and that's a big problem solving, thing for the day and then wind, down the rest of the day with shading a picture or, something that.
You Can actually do, that you can turn your mind off too but you can still be productive because, if this thing isn't moving all day long this, hand isn't moving all day long you're not connecting, your brain with your hands so that you can be responsive. On the job which. Is every company here at this comic-con they expect you to be responsive, and if you're not they're just not gonna hire you at all go, oh man thank you so much yeah your weapons are awesome yeah you're welcome absolutely, daily, routine. Brushing. My teeth and then I wake up I got what you might get your teeth before you wake up yeah. Before. I go that's how you be a pro exactly. Start your day before, you wake up exactly, i hack my dreams and then it told me to brush my teeth before we go that's time management right there that I usually, stressed. Out about my email cuz I'm like I really hope I didn't get anything overnight right it's, like oh my god I just want it to be cleared, or this is like one thing drawing, why is I, draw. Maybe half the week and the, other half I'm filming, I'm editing I'm doing. Stuff for client stuff like that so it, really varies from day to day but, sleeping, and brushing my teeth is definitely, part of everyday that's. It that's the only thing that's part of everything eating. And and you, draw in the morning or night I always. A night I always, draw at night because I feel like I'm more creative at night okay so and then in the morning you you. Focus on emails and marketing and stuff like that yeah. Like what am I gonna draw late at night and I yeah and. That's. The last question really, you made it. Awesome, here, I did, it I did, it I did my interview, mission. Complete, daily. Routine pretty. Pretty, boring yeah, the artist life is not a not a glamorous, okay you, said you'd come to conventions. Like 10 conventions, a year right yeah I'm doing 10 this year you, and that's the most I've ever done and it's good to be a bit much but you yeah usually at least six or seven a year. My. Daily routine is coffee of course answering. Emails I added, websites I do like, a lot of stuff. That you wouldn't think of artists should be doing because like once you start getting more and more successful, though do you realize the less and less you actually draw oh yeah so I draw, maybe a few times a week and then actually like I'm doing more office.
Work The whole time emails, marketing, yeah like, you, know like obviously social. Networking, then, like then, you're looking at all that other stuff and you get a few days you, know and that's that that's the thing, they don't tell you about art like being an artist especially like, somebody that is like a yourself. Like, then you do your own business and everything else that you, want to do it on your own it's like a lot of the stuff you got to do is is admin. Which. Is like a lot of hours on it here because you. Just want to draw but like if nobody's willing to buy your stuff so. You can draw all day that's the case with like but you have to do all that prepping, and all that curating. Of your social, network account and all make sure they are at web sites always looks, up-to-date. And all that stuff takes a lot of time and more than you would like to give, it you know so yeah same thing up yeah, you know yeah, exactly so, I'm trying right now oh yeah. I think, I'm supposed to be drawing right now but I have no time to do it so I'm trying to get those drawing days where you're actually I'm pointing and do it there are rarity but they're worth it when they happen when you were a student were, you drawing a lot more or did you have a drawing routine, you. Know yeah I do every, day like even when I actually had a job when I was a graphic designer, or what before I actually became a professional, artist full-time, I did, spend every, time I work my regular job I would even if I like when I was working at a clothing store. I'd. Take BRE you get your lunch break your 15-minute breaks and I would carry a sketchbook with me and I would draw during those breaks and, draw during my, lunch I get lunch but I have sketched a little bit like so you find those times that's when people say like you fought one year or when you're having a full-time job and you have to be like. You have to be economical. About your situation like, you have to pay rent first and then, so therefore you squeeze these little time when you can actually practice your graph until, the craft can actually take over and be, full-time and, then when I got the depo back there all the time and there never man, that would be real you can't draw all the time you know so you, find the time you know so yeah, okay well that's good to know you can be this awesome, I'm, not draw everyday yeah, yeah cool, well that was the last question thank you oh thank you so much for the time appreciate coming back around then yeah. What's. Your daily routine as. A professional, artist I'm so professional well I have kids a lot, of. Yeah. Well, I'm, okay. Yeah. So I gotta get up early like. A factory, station, wanna, start. A page a sketch, little, something take them to school get, coffee keep working, or you get coffee after, you do all that yeah, otherwise. I'll be exhausted, yeah go, get coffee first, thing. I'll. Stop around midnight. Or 1:00 in the morning and, then again later, one and then you wake up at 5:30, or so 36, and that's, pretty much every day even the weekends you know I told you my secret dammit this is a mechanical, pencils but, I found out that it fits micro, coulomb a mechanical. Pencil yeah. So. Fits perfect, I can work for hours, better. Handle, them they're all ones so, how you do everyday. Morning. That you think are there artists should also include, in their routine yes. Let's grant that. You have the kind of obsession compulsion, that makes it so that when the job starts, you're. On the job let's. Grant that then. There is another problem and that's burnout is, that you can work so hard that you burn yourself out and I. Got advice from a photographer. Was very inventive, Gary Ramsey. Shan. Shan's. What brother, agree. Sean, Ramsey's. Great-grandfather. No I have no idea I didn't put it together there might be a relationship Gary, was one of the first people, who switched over to digital from. Traditional, photography and, this was I mean back. In the 90s and he was solving, one. Problem after. Another after another so I'd call him up her advice and I'd say how, do you do all this and he.
Said Mountain, biking you know I'm working on a problem I can't solve the problem I don't know what I'm gonna do I just get on my mountain bike I go out for a ride and I swear marshal I never. Go out there trying to solve the problem I just go out there to relax. And nine. Times out of ten when I come back I've got the answer so, there is this rhythm, that you don't want to just stand with your two feet lock for 24, hours because. You wear yourself out but, walking is, less exhausting. Because, walking means you relax one leg and then tense it and then relax it and tense it and so there is a natural, rhythm, not. To work for a week straight but. To work for a day and sleep for a night and work for a day and sleep for a night and that comes down to the small levels to which, is to work until you can't work any more and then do something unrelated. Come. Back refresh, and if, you catch that rhythm you find, that not only do. You meet. Your deadline but you also meet, it creatively. Because, that downtime, is where some of the best problems, get solved but everybody, has their own rhythm I found that mountain biking wasn't for me for me it was walking and for, other people it'll be just conversing, you, know going out relaxing, in the backyard or whatever else but the the counterpoint, of not just. Like a bulldog, sticking, with it all the way through and then collapsing, exhausted, if, you can fit that into your schedule that's the best way to do it daily. Routine is wake. Up in the morning. Get. The kids to school you, know usually if it's not summer come, home walk the dogs otherwise they get pissed at me and then, just start my day roughly, at about 8 a.m. and, then I'll work till. Usually. About 4 or 5 and, then that's what I call it kinda quits and then. Yeah, perfect, that's it yeah. Sweet. It's. Your. Daily routine. Oh my daily routine, you might not tell from my drawings, because they're very stiff I'm still working on that so I started out every morning and I draw gesture, drawings they're. Loose but I'm still trying, to be considered, over the line work and the line quality I'll take a pose I'll do it from reference and then I'll try to move that pose into all different angles hmm, that's my morning routine then. It. Really depends like on, certain days I'll go to get brainstorm I'm. Doing that then I'll just prep for class on other, days I'll just spend the next like 10 hours working on videos and usually. That's broken up into like doing a research phase where. I'll I'll, sit and just maybe read about something or gauge. What, other people are doing with the topics and then usually. I'll start my videos by writing out a script of some sort so, I'll try to put my thoughts into words first, and then start. Sketching and, then the. Inevitable phase, of editing because I haven't gotten an editor yet so that's. The next step yeah thanks so much thank, you so much you clean it take care daily.
Routine Wake up at 9:00 change. Clothes I don't, work with pajamas, but I look, at home and, then I start work from 9:00. To 6:00 and then I do warm up when, I stuck with this worms get to do some life models, so I'm like 30, minutes and then when I feel that I comfortable, started working till, six so six then I have kids then I have to get the kids in the end from 9:00 to 12:00 are. You work again yeah from 9:00 to 2:00 a.m. yeah, oh dang well thank you very much oh thanks but what's. Your daily routine, so I, shower. I think. If I'm drying it depends on the project I'm working on, but, I tend, to probably do something like just scratchy sketching, doodling and a sketchbook that don't show anybody so. There's, no pressure there's I. Know that I'm not going to show anyone so it frees up my mind it, just gets me warmed up. Then. Maybe, some simple warming exercises, if I'm using pen and ink a couple lines here and there just to shake the rust off or if. It's digital. Then, maybe I'll even do some warm-up sketches that I just kind of delete or whatever so you do all those moments before you actually start drawing, not, every day but I think if it's for an assignment I definitely. Do it because I don't like going in too cold yeah sometimes, I'll sit down apply. All that to just a daily sketch which, I made post or, I may not be done like that all, right that's really taking off for us last. Question and daily, routine that, switches, depending. On my deadline, now, personally wake. Up, meditate. Because, it, is important, then, check the emails and probably. Wish I meant eight it a little longer yeah, I get going on a drawing board hopefully. Then, you draw draw, robot, yeah, draw my overall, time is about eight, hours a day but, I do that in increments. You know three hours or two hours take. A break depending. On the. Workflow how, do you balance out all the work you, go out I'm, still trying to figure that out because there's days where I wake up earlier, and, I can get done before, 3. O'clock 4 o'clock in the day is nothing that's, a very refreshing feeling, but then there's signs where I'm working till 3 o'clock in, the morning and I, end up having, later. Starts, the next day but. I end up doing it because it's, kind of a necessary evil, so. You get the job done but I don't like that, I had to do that, well. That's it oh thank, you very much. Nearly. Two miles I warm up every day by doing two-minute t-shirt going oh that's, it nice just start drawing sometimes. I'll do studies, I'll look at guys I like and do studies and stuff like that just a warm-up. I work, from home so like, I literally, draw, every day but it was important, for me to have. Hours, like a set of hours like a nine-to-five because, if, I didn't do that my, whole life would be art and I would never have like friends or an outside life so, I think the important thing is yeah have a daily routine like, set your hours but, remember that like to have a life outside of art - that way art, doesn't become work you don't want it to be like not fun anymore you want to like look forward, to it you know okay. Okay thank, you yeah no problem nice and easy Hey. Daily. Routine ideal. Day I get, up 5, o'clock I do. Exercise. And, meditations. Ice-cold shower which is important, because it wakes you up big, time and it helps your immune system, and then, I go, to work it's generally. A, lot of meetings in the morning and I'll start painting and drawing. Into. The night so about 10 all. Over again perfect. Okay thank you know those that's, it all right. My. Daily routine it's. Really really funny my twitter is Caleb. Is drawing yeah. Feel. It rarely drawing Caleb. Is mostly teaching. Caleb's. Much mostly, driving, my, daily routine get up have, a gigantic, coffee drive. To school greet. As many students as I can before class. Listening. To my students complaints, about arts try to listen to their concerns about arts I always. Try to convince them that their. Struggles, with drawing are. They're, not singular. To them I struggle, with drawing to fact I struggle with it probably more than they did just on a different level but.
I Always try to engage them as. Often as I can to. Try to use. Positive reinforcement, to, encourage them and then, if I'm lucky I'll get in some drawing yeah. I'm an old man so 9:30, 10:00 I'm down but. You wake up boy that's. When I wake up, no. No I, wake, up at about 6, o'clock thank. You hey. Guys in the comments let me know what, can you change in, your daily routine to improve it to, be healthier, and more productive and if. You missed the other three asking. Pros videos, there's. Links in the description.