It has been a while. Hello everyone, and here is a little snippet I made that I thought would benefit somebody, on the subject of starting the day for artistic endeavors.
I do a lot of regular practice everyday, but most important is "DRAWING" everyday if you can manage it. (sometimes life does get in the way of course) I make sure I have a dominating intention for the day, since if I know I will be working digitally most of the day (a rendered Illustration for example) I will start that day with a digital sketch/warm up to get me acclimated to the medium, and in the right state of mind. This gives you ample opportunity to start the ideation process for your work, and freely design, or even within parameters.
Even emulation of your favorite designers is acceptable in order to learn new shapes/methods. This can change depending on your needs for the day or certain projects. Using a physical medium helps me so much, especially in observational studies. Since these are mostly for yourself to acquire knowledge, they can be created with whatever you see fit to use. For myself, whenever I do studies digitally they don't stick quite as well to my memory as do the studies created in a physical manner. As always, use a timer! I do an hour or two before I start the real work day.
I have had to keep myself from burning out by studying everyday, so I decided to make a repetitive task more variable, both physically, and mentally. By the means of different studying locations, subjects and mediums, but they all share the same underlying purpose, that to keep DRAWING at the forefront, all the while absorbing information wherever I might be, and keeping my skills sharp. Because if you really distill down any creator they must have a strong means of communicating in whatever sensory medium they choose. Drawing is that medium for me, as a visual communicator.
Here are some examples of the means I use to vary the monastic task of training for myself. Different physical locations for me to work. subjects (landscape, figurative, narrative, film studies, abstraction... etc) Also some examples of the warm ups for the day, using whatever medium I will be using the majority of the day. Notice the examples that show active ideation, usually before I set to the real task for the day. I never really show these to anyone, since they are mostly for me, but they do sometimes evolve into new works.
"Use your shoulder, Observe, Invent, and get creating. Enjoy."