So for this week's blog - I thought I would talk about my routine for the week.
(First thing is first - after launching a week ago - i've already hit 3 Patrons! I am so happy - Even though it's a small amount - it's a huge goal in a week to hit and I am immensley happy to everyone who is on board with my art! Thank you!)
So, my weekly routine depends entire on how I feel during that day. I love night shifts - however they do come with some consequences of their own.
1: I now live a nocturnal life. Which can be unsocial to most. (However, I am not the most outgoing and social chap, and prefer to stay inside and paint anyway!)
2: You tend to argue with yourself. If you're as big of a work-aholic as I am - you'll realise that your brain and your body begin to argue with one-another - tends to go a little something like this:
Brain: "Wow - it's 8AM! Look at how much work you could get done today!"
Body: "Wh-No. You've just been standing up, lifting, pulling and pushing heavy loads for 9 hours. Sit down, and please go to sleep."
Brain: "But you can sleep when you're dead! You have so many hours to draw stuff!" And so on and so forth.
3: Your sleeping and eating patterns are... weird. You'll find that you'll be eating breakfast before you go to bed, and having a curry when you wake up. I tend to be unable to sleep in bed either - so the sofa is my new bestie for sleeping. I'm not affected by light or noise (unless it's the chinchillas bouncing around the cage like utter maniacs.. then that will DEFINITELY keep me awake..) but for some reason my lush, comfy bed is just too much and I end up tossing and turning. I have to put a movie on the TV and curl up on the sofa in order to doze.
4: A normal 6-7 hours sleep doesn't feel enough. If I went to bed at a normal time (which would be between midnight and 2AM) - waking up between 7AM and 9AM would seem perfectly reasonable and I would be able to get up and enjoy my day. However on nights, this simply isn't the case. I will go to bed arounf 9AM and wake up at 3PM and I will end up throwing my phone to the opposite side of the room and go back to sleep. I could sleep all day if I would allow myself.
However, it is a hell of a lot of fun. Makes my days more interesting and in fact, I have more time to art funnily enough. I usually take the day off arting on the Friday so I have enough energy to plough through as much artwork as I can over my three days off. I try to art as much as I can - I will often take my Cintiq into work and use my hour to continue with my Moonflight pieces - or I will simply do my daily sketch in my Moleskine if it's too much that night.
I don't have to stress with customers around me, and the night shift is quite a close knit team. Pretty comfortable singing around each other and arsing around. As long as we get our work done - it doesn't matter!
Right - back to arting! Thanks for following me, take care and get creating!