I’ve been trying to do too much.

Over the years of showing my art on the internet I’ve experimented a little bit. If you take a look around on the website you will notice. I have mainly stuck to drawing because it is what I enjoy doing the most. I love doodling and I love drawing lines. A few years back I starting taking my art seriously mainly because of the encouragement of a friend. since then my main struggle has been finding meaning. I don’t have a lot of time to make art because I have a full time job, sometimes two plus Family is a priority to me. In trying to be productive with my art I have been trying to make too many things with out the time to do all the things I want to do. You can’t begin to imagine how many time I have had this awesome idea that I can never even begin to start on it. I’ve had a pile of newspapers in a corner of my home annoying the hell out of y wife for about a month now because of this paper mache project I have in mind that I really want to make but I don’t have the time. I keep switching between projects, mostly because I get bored and I want to try something different. So what time allows me to be more productive and satisfied is what I will work on now. Even if that means less updates and less content.

I have increasingly fallen in love with cartooning, or sequential art, or comics, whatever you want to call it. I got to a point where I said: I can draw these little “movies“, whatever I want to happen, I can create any character I need and I don’t need to pay them! And I can set my film in Mars and it don’t cost me a dime. Well… And the medium is so open for exploration and experimentation! Plus you have the freedom to create your own style and create art with the simplest of materials and you don’t need a lot of space. So if you like web comics, comics and you dig my style of cartoons, swing by every now and then I’ll be sharing some of my imaginings here in the form of sequential art. It’s one of the things I really want to create that time allows me to.

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/22999575″>Toronto Comic Arts Festival: Pencil it In</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user6670001″>Toronto Comic Arts Festival</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

No time to make art

When I came back one of the first things I did was put some stickers up in the streets. I now have my own family of five and my kids are at an age where they need me there and I want to be there. I’m not saying you can’t make time for some good ol harmless vandalism but the time is definitely limited. Especially when you work almost 60 hours a week. I mean, with only a couple hours left a day and Sundays being my only day off, dividing that time between helping my kids with school work, taking some time to have fun with them, making time to watch some netflix with my wife and let’s not forget I need to go out skateboarding every so often or I’ll start to lose it. Time for watching a weird independent films that my wife won’t dig, reading a book or listening to an entire album is pretty much non existent for me at this point. 

But here’s the thing! With all the free time I had before getting married and having kids I never really took my art seriously. And now, my circumstances force me to do something. So, time has to be made to make art an show it. Because that’s what I do. In doing that one has to prioritize. First thing I did once I realized I was going to have to get up earlier and go te sleep later if really want to make art was, what type of stuff makes me happy when I am in the actual process of creating, does it make other people happy when they see it and of all that what is the most accessible and ideal taking into cosideration my limited ammount of time, space and resources? When you really want to do something you stop making excuses and you find a way. That’s what I said to my self. You can read as many how to manage your time and how to stay motivated books but at the end of the day the reality is, as Albert Einstein put it “There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people’s books and write your own”. What I’ve learnt for my self is, it’s all about self dicipline, resilience and will power. Sometimes I think its to bad it took me so long to realize this but at the same time, as long as you’re alive it’s not to late. You do it for your self you do it because it makes you happy and it makes other people happy.