Creatives that run a business! How many started projects do you have in your little part of the Making Cool Shit With Your Hands Universe? Three? Five? Twenty? Too many to actually consider answering this question? It’s a common dilemma those of us who make awesome things find ourselves in. Multi-tasking is often more time consuming than not multi-taking, every other part of the internet has a shiny new project that we can’t wait to start, and running a creative business needs the attention of more than one person… if we’re being honest. It happens.
Sometimes being an artist can be amazing. Those are the times to hold tight to your heart. You create because you have to do it. It’s love. It’s something that has to come out. Your art makes you a whole person. This is not a post for those times as an artist. This is a post for when you (I) need a pick me up as an artist. A pep talk, if you will.
I like to draw monsters, along with crocheting them. I have sketchbook upon sketchbook filled with all sorts of different types of monsters. My notebooks in school (so, so long ago) were filled with little monster dude sketches. I want to share my love of drawing monsters with all of you. Today we are going to learn how to draw a quick little spiky monster.
The kids had no school last week. Spring break is usually just that. A break. We don’t go anywhere and this year the weather wasn’t being too cooperative for doing outdoor type activities. At least we didn’t get more than a dusting of snow in the beginning of the week. I asked Dr. Destructo (Kiddo has been swamped with homework and headaches) to draw a monster using yarn or fiber or fiber animals (however he wanted), and I did the same. These are pretty awesome.
I freaked out a little yesterday. I took my grand (and organized) plan for the year and realized it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing. It was close, but there were bits missing. There was no way I was going to follow through and be happy with what I had planned. Yup. Everything I’ve been planning and working on for the year is pretty much changing somehow. Apparently I was overthinking everything and creating stress by way of some crazy strict schedules that I set for myself. Yeah, no.
2015 was the year of feeling behind, frazzled, and not in control of anything as far as my personal life goes. I am happy to see it go hoping for a better feeling 2016. The holidays flew by in a whirl of crochet chaos, pattern writing, food cooking, crying over the stress of eating at other peoples’ houses, and too many gifts. But I made it. I’m still smiling, albeit a bit more twitchy than I started the year, and have a game plan for next year brewing.
I showed a sneak peak of this drawing last week as it was in progress. I’ve been trying to follow my daily drawing prompts, but I’m continuing to over-schedule my day… thus falling behind. I’ve paused the new prompts in favor of catching up as I can with the ones I missed. I’m also trying to schedule less things to do. I really love drawing again.
This week has taught me that sharks, and Shark Week especially, are responsible for a creative storm over here at Knot By Gran’ma. It’s like a yarn tornado of crocheting, with my hook at the epicenter. My wheel feels like