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Scribbling for fun - The benefits of making art for yourself

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Oct. 22, 2021

I have a script to write for one of our comics. We’re transitioning from one scene to another. It’s written in the outline, I can see the location in my mind, however I couldn’t think of how to put it into words. How would it open? What was the set up? Who would speak first? I just couldn’t get the pieces to line up.

When I sat down to write the script, I ended up drawing. I put on some calming music, made a nice cup of tea and scribbled away. Soon enough I had an adorable drawing of two of our characters, looking all cute and lovey dovey. It was then I had a breakthrough! The nature of the relationship between these two characters has yet to be addressed. In fact, one of them who has been around since the second episode, has barely had his character explored particularly when compared to the others.

The relationship between the two characters I had drawn was the perfect thing to mention in the episode. Not only would it further their character development and explore their background, it would make for a seamless transition between scenes.

However this breakthrough might have never occurred had I not taken the time to draw something fun for myself. So if you’re feeling in a rut, try scribbling for fun. You never know what you might stumble upon.

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TheJagged at 2:04AM, Oct. 24, 2021

Yeeeah...."Fun" is something that gets left behind when you're feverishly working on several long-term projects, some in planning for a literal decade... I gotta remind myself frequently that i shouldn't be doing this for any other reason than to enjoy myself. Or your hobby becomes a source of stress and fulfilling expectations of fans and followers. 2 nights ago i sat down at 10 pm and just started drawing, with no plan in mind. When i was done the resulting mini comic was more fun and looked better than anything i drew in the last 6 months. Because i went into it without pressure. Pressure kills creativity.

cdmalcolm1 at 6:09AM, Oct. 22, 2021

I do this all the time. Exercise for the fingers and eyes

hushicho at 12:39AM, Oct. 22, 2021

I need to do this more often! It's true, oftentimes the best things come from doing fun art of characters. It can even help you get around a creative block, just seeing what the characters do when they're not strictly in the story you're working on. I think it's something to recommend, just cut loose and have fun with the characters! Sometimes you'll find a real gem.

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