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How do you structure your day?

Postby MIgman » October 7th, 2016, 3:59 am

Hallo folks!

I'm interested in how you guys structure your days. I'm sure many of you have real jobs, or go to college and some of you must be full time artists too. I'd love to hear how you plan your day around work, or if you are full time how you timetable your projects. :?:

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Re: How do you structure your day?

Postby mitchellbravo » October 7th, 2016, 6:11 am

I'm taking a full course load of graduate classes and also working a few days a week when I'm able to do so. For a long time my art fell by the wayside, but recently I started striving to work on my comic for 15 minutes every day. (I usually skip thursdays because I have 6 hours of class all evening and rarely have time earlier in the day to get the 15 minutes in). It took a few months for it to really catch on but now I'm better in the habit of it. It helps me see it as less of a huge insurmountable task, and more just "do 15 minutes of something now and it's 15 minutes less you'll have to do later." I'll get an odd day here and there where I can get a lot more than that done. Usually I manage to get 20-30 minutes in in one sitting, but I consider it "good" if I get to 15.

A long time ago I updated once or twice a week, regularly. My pages were a lot simpler then and required a lot less time, so I just do my best now. I really doubt I'll ever get back to updating that often for any sustained period, but the 15 minutes a day has made it a lot easier to update more often than I had been in recentyears.
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Re: How do you structure your day?

Postby Katharsisdrill » November 8th, 2016, 7:06 am

I am full time artist, making illustration and the like from home for the time being. So I start the day by making a prioritized list : paid jobs first, then correspondence and the like (sometimes when important this comes before drawing), last I can work on my new webcomic or free works that I post on the hippie social network Diaspora. I tend to be very effective when I get started, so the most important thing is getting outside for a break. I normally bike around Copenhagen or go for a walk. Sitting with your hot and cozy Wacom cintiq all day is not healthy.

Right now I am using some time on internet socialising to promote my comic and my Patreon-page (that's how I found this place) but else my days can be very different. It's all about what's on the list.
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Re: How do you structure your day?

Postby Respheal » November 21st, 2016, 9:32 am

I have a full time not-art job (IT supervisor, basically), so there's a good 40 hours, sometimes more, of my week reserved for not-art things. Usually when I get home I go straight into drawing until ~8-9, so 3-4 hours of drawing (interspersed with goofing off online, but attempts at staying on track are made). Any time between drawing and sleep is for unwinding.

So yeah.
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Re: How do you structure your day?

Postby MIgman » December 7th, 2016, 3:31 pm

Katharsisdrill wrote: I tend to be very effective when I get started, so the most important thing is getting outside for a break. I normally bike around Copenhagen or go for a walk. Sitting with your hot and cozy Wacom cintiq all day is not healthy.


Yup totally agree Katharsisdrill. It's easy to get locked into the screen. I often break out into fits of writing, and hours can disappear... just sitting, tapping away at the keys. Really enjoyed you comic by the way. Like the chaos and your art is distinctive. Phil's a strong protagonist.
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Re: How do you structure your day?

Postby Bruno Harm » December 7th, 2016, 3:42 pm

I really try not to stress out about working on my comic. I have a full time job (not doing comics). and I have a wife and an 8 year old, including scouts, soccer, school functions. so I have time in the evenings from 8-10 on the weekdays to try to unwind and work on the comic. Most of the comic is done on the weekends. Friday and Saturday night I'm up until the wee hours trying to finish up a strip for Sunday. I usually do a strip every two weeks, sometimes more. I just can't push myself any harder than that. What I get down about is the community stuff I miss out on. Fan art, exchanges, collaborations. I just can't pull off much in the extras department. I still do one here or there, but I would like to do way more.
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Re: How do you structure your day?

Postby MIgman » December 9th, 2016, 12:26 pm

Bruno Harm wrote:I really try not to stress out about working on my comic. I have a full time job (not doing comics). and I have a wife and an 8 year old, including scouts, soccer, school functions. so I have time in the evenings from 8-10 on the weekdays to try to unwind and work on the comic. Most of the comic is done on the weekends. Friday and Saturday night I'm up until the wee hours trying to finish up a strip for Sunday. I usually do a strip every two weeks, sometimes more. I just can't push myself any harder than that. What I get down about is the community stuff I miss out on. Fan art, exchanges, collaborations. I just can't pull off much in the extras department. I still do one here or there, but I would like to do way more.


Fair Play Bruno - those wee moments must be quite precious - though I'm sure the community of family offers much inspiration to you.
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Re: How do you structure your day?

Postby Jpolte » June 29th, 2017, 10:43 am

since I finished college last year, I start my day on a walk around the block, then I check my email for my client for his comic book assingments, if there isn't anything new I work on my own webcomic: From the Bell Tolls. when it's 3:00 I get ready to go to my part time job as a janitor, but since it's summer break. I'm not needed so I have more time to work on my comic.
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Re: How do you structure your day?

Postby Caroline Parkinson » July 12th, 2017, 3:12 pm

I agree that sitting in front of your computer all day isn't healthy!
I'm most productive in the mornings and evenings, so when I'm working from home I try to take time out from drawing between 12 and 3 for exercise, shopping, admin and suchlike. I have a 9-5 job and work as an illustrator part-time, so it's not always easy to find the time, but I generally manage (I don't have kids though!)
I'd struggle to work on comics for only 15 minutes- it's better for me to do a couple of hours every 2-3 days. Everyone has different ways of working that they find comfortable.
Urban sketching or comics group meet ups are great for creative downtime- they're fun and good for networking.
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Re: How do you structure your day?

Postby z3ir4m » July 17th, 2017, 3:12 am

Personnaly, i work in a 9-5 job (partial time, so i got my tuesday free).
Usually, after work (IT) i turn on my computer, grab so water, play for 1 hour at most, watch some stupid things on YT, do crunches for 10 min, eat a salad, and then, for 3 to 4 hours i draw.
Tuesday is different: if i don't have any kind of appointment, i draw and watch a TV show at the same time (usually a well-known TV show, in english to work my oral understanding). I play the afternoon and i draw the evening, till midnight (the time i usually go to bed).
Saturday, i do some virtual tabletop RPG with friends, 'til evening. And then i draw until 1 or 2AM.
Sunday, i go to the market, make some food for the week, and then draw the afternoon and evening.

Basically, i draw when i can. Even at work if i've the time to do it. Lots of stress, though ( fear of getting caught...). When i came to work in train, i drew on train, or read some storytelling books to reenforce my knowledge of it.
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Re: How do you structure your day?

Postby thelordbaeron » July 20th, 2017, 9:30 am

My days are wildly chaotic, but I try to put some semblance of structure into my week. I work 8-5 for the county, and I am also a part-time Tae Kwon Do instructor (and still learning of course) until about 6:30-7:30 a few days a week. Typically Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays are when I go. I get together on Thursday with my cowriter to discuss where we want the comic to go, and to plan some stuff out. The bulk of my work is done Thursday afternoon around the meeting, and then it sort of varies. I have my daughter every other weekend, whom I like to spend time with so on her weekends I only get work done when she is in bed, or in the mornings. I also have a tabletop session I run on alternating Saturdays at night. On off weekends, a bulk of my work is done Sunday.

So I only manage to eek out a page a week (sometimes a tad late, due to circumstance). But I am trying to get in at least an hour of practice/tutorial reading a day to improve, and try to stay consistent, in spite of a busy life. Hope this helps.
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