As the months are turning into years (well, I suppose we’re only just getting into our second year of this pandemic), staying creative during Covid does have its challenges. I admit that there are days when I don’t feel much like summoning the energy to do anything remotely creative. In fact, I feel a little like this:
But, then I slap some cold water on my face, put on my running shoes and head outside into the fresh air. After a run around the reservoir in the bracing cold air and sunshine, my perspective has usually shifted and I find I’ve dreamed up some new ways of…
Staying Creative During Covid
In addition to drawing daily – either in my Moleskine notebook (or, these days in the Start with A Scribble workbook) – I also keep challenging myself to think up limericks to illustrate. Starting with a limerick is a bit like coming up with a gag for a single panel gag cartoon. Once you’ve figured out what you want to say, the drawing part almost takes care of itself.
Even so, I still learn from each and every drawing I do. (If I could “do undo” in the illustration below, I would redraw the pattern on the peanuts so they’re less argyle and more ladder-like. What was I thinking?!):
Other times, the creative inspiration for my illustrations comes from an existing object that I’ve found lying around our apartment. Incorporating the “found object” into a drawing is a fun way to shake up my normal process as well:
And when all else fails…
Simply giving myself permission to be silly and let my pen “do the thinking,” will do the trick, too. I suppose you could say these are the demons in my mental closet:
How about you? How are you keeping creative during Covid? I’d love to hear, so let me know in the comments below!