Home FAQ 2.6: How is health a factor in the creation process?
5/9/04, 4:03 am
Well, truth is, I don't smoke anything at all.
I have my own natural chemicals that I can manipulate by diet, excercise,
and sleep/work routine.
I do a different routine of these to get the best performance for each
of the stages of my books.
5/9/04, 7:15 am
After I get a snack or when I'm waiting for something to dry I might
check my stuff every few hours or so for a few minutes on my laptop in
another room. It gives me a chance to get a few minutes away from my painting
and come back to it with a fresh eye. I take a couple walks a day to get
excercise and to clear my minde between pages or panels.
I don't have a schedule as hours go. I just paint/write/draw/think for
the project all day long, and when I get hungry, I eat, and when I get
nappy, I take a nap. I let my body set the schedule, since I am working
in my own home studio.
Though, I do have to take care of some business e-mails everyday.
Besides that, I keep the distractions away and focus on turning my ideas
I have a great time traveling with friends at cons and fitting a lot
of social time and experience in those travels (I spent a couple weeks
with Andy Lee, painting on the road and in his house with our friends, and rock climbing in the great outdoors). So when I get back home, I have my girlfriend and my work, and I can focus and discipline myself to stay
immersed in my work.
You take a few breaks to get excercise and put things in perspective
page by page, so you can be aware of margins for improvements and new ideas
as it goes.
June 4, 1997: From the letter column in Kabuki: Skin Deep #3
I don't take any medication of any kind, not even asprin. I believe that medication dulls the body's natural healing process. I believe that perscribed medication meant to calm behavorial tendencies makes the mind less creative and less sharp (this works for me, personally, though I have friends with mental disorders that break downs if they forget to take their medication). I don't smoke, don't drink and get plenty of exercise. I have a lifestyle in which I sustain many injuries and I always heal up just fine without medication.