Hello, my name is Adam. And I am a cartoonist.
I don't know about anybody else, but I tend to suffer from the torment of nonproductivity. It seems late at night between the hours of midnight to 2 am is when it tends to plague me most. When I'm lying in bed in the dark, watching the clock and thinking to myself "If I just fall asleep right NOW, I can still get 4 solid hours!", this is when I become painfully aware of how much time I waste NOT working on my comic.
I am not fortunate enough to be able to work as a cartoonist solely on a full-time basis. Like many others, I also have a full-time job. For most, the full-time job would be enough. Spending 10+ hours battling traffic and angry and uninformed clients before coming home to walk the dogs who have crazy energy to burn off because they slept all day you were gone, and finally cook and eat dinner with your significant other, this should pretty much round out your day. Nothing left to do but load the dishwasher and watch the idiot box until it's time to go to sleep.
Unless you're a cartoonist.
This is now prime drawing time. When the house is slowly winding down at the end of the day, that's when I can sneak away to my space and spend a few hours working uninterrupted on my comics. What luxury! In those few hours each night, I can get a greater sense of satisfaction and accomplishment or plain artistic frustration than all the other combined hours in my week! I draw. Sometimes whole pages, sometimes nothing more than a panel or two, but I'm in my element and I'm doing what I love to do.
Which is in essence why I do what it is I do.
It's certainly not the money that drives me. And although I get a kick out of telling people in business suits that I'm a comic book artist, it's not the prestige that drives me either. It's because I NEED to draw. It's that simple. I spend any and all free time that I can squeeze out of my day into making comics, and luckily for me, my girlfriend is a VERY understanding individual. She readily indulges my obsession.
Anyway, I apologize for the long-windedness of this entry, my next ones will be more to the point, I assure you. Here's my typical day:
5:30 - 6:00 am - Drag my ass out of my warm bed and shower, make coffee, etc.
6:00 - 7:45 am - Work on the comics
7:45 am - 8 or 9:00 pm - REAL LIFE
9:00 pm - Whenever I go to bed - Work on the comics
That's pretty much it. Of course I break it up every now and then, try to throw some change into the routine, but for the most part, I have two jobs right now: Real Life and the Comics. One day I hope to only have one job but until that day comes I'll keep plugging away and look to this blog for inspiration and motivation.