Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Five Minute Sketches

As I mentioned in the last post, I'm in a real creative rut right now. I'm feeling uninspired, not confident in any projects I take on, just in a rut. It's okay, because it happens, I would just like to be out of it sooner rather than later. Usually the first few crisp days of fall really help.

Anyways, just to keep my brain moving and keep from sinking too deep into the depths of uninspiration (that's a word.), I've been doing five-minute sketches. They take no time at all, so if they turn out really bad, nothing is lost, but it's a quick way to just keep the creative part of your brain active. Some of them are done while I'm on hold at work, such as "Monday Sucks" and "Don't Be an Asshole", because I have a positive mental attitude.

First, I bought these two little Rifle Notebooks for $5 each at Inkling here in Chicago (also available online here

They are the perfect size for quick sketches, but lets be real, I bought them because they are cute.

And last night's sketch, which barely makes sense, but I just felt like drawing Dolly Parton-

Thank you all for your suggestions on my kitchen, and how to get out of a rut! And for pointing out that I accidentally posted a picture with a hairy nutsack in it. You guys are the best readers ever, never stop being helpful or pointin out balls.


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  1. I saw your Dolly Parton sketch on istagram last night. It was perfect timing because I was in the middle of a conversation about Dolly Parton with a friend while we were listening to Jolene. I hope these quick sketches help get your inspiration going. Lately I've been trying to keep a pen and paper around so I can write down any idea that pops into my head!

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  2. So are you really going to torture me into playing "Where's Waldo" and searching your archives for the hairy nut sack? Because I'm kind of busy looking at HGTV reruns if you don't mind.

    I keep having good ideas but they all involve either money (I don't have any) or spray paint (and it's sizzlingly hot outside.)

    At least in a few weeks we can start pirating Downton Abbey and get back to recapping episodes!

  3. Not sure if you have been watching the new show on Comedy Central (also on hulu), Drunk History. A recent episode had the story behind Dolly's songs Jolene and I will always love you. Way awesome. Go watch it now. Love the sketches, good ideas for crawling out of this funk. :)

  4. LOVE the sketches! what a great way to crawl out of this funk. Might have to copy-cat this idea...
    Speaking of Dolly.. There is this new show on comedy central (or hulu if you hate the comcast cable monopoly)Drunk history. One of the recent episodes was about her songs Jolene & I will always love you. Well it's amazballs (sticking with the ball theme). Go watch it now.

  5. Hi Meg. Its Jake. what do you use to make your sketches?

    Keep up the good work.



  6. Sketching seems like a lot of fun, but I've never really tried it. Seems like all my siblings have the skill but me. Maybe if I gave it a shot I'll unlock some deep... DEEPly hidden talent. Or if anything I'll just have fun trying. :-)


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