Mike’s own personal soapbox!

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Today’s sketch isn’t really based on anything– not a feeling, not an emotion– nothing. It’s just a warm up in an attempt to crack off the rust of not doing any sequential pencil work for three months. I’m having a very hard time doing storytelling again after not doing so for so long. I’m the kind of person who NEEDS to keep active with my drawing to stay ‘lubricated’ (art-wise) and fluid when it comes to doing interior page work. And right now, things just are NOT coming to me like they used to. The UP SIDE is that after over a dozen years in the business of drawing comic books for a living, I no longer panic when this kind of ‘block’ sets in. I used to, years ago, totally lose it and declare things like “OK– well THAT’S IT– I OFFICIALLY can NOT DRAW ANY MORE..!” and “I might as well QUIT THE BUSINESS– I CAN’T DRAW!!!”. Fortunately, I’ve learned over the years that the only way to overcome the frustration and anxiety of things not coming easily is to just calmly sketch and sketch on the side until I’m in a groove.

Well. See, it’s not just me.