I had a weak start this morning — nowhere near enough sleep — but I took a nap to get my total asleep time up to 7 hours and THEN I really got started with my day.

I spent much of my morning doing some web maintenance on CreateQuest, but I learned a lot in the process. I also worked on getting an email drafted up for the welcome sequence to the network. Fun times!

Once I made it to the cabin, I sketched for a bit, but wasn’t super-happy with the results. That’s alright, though. I have to make the mistakes to learn. Here’s the outcome:

I’m not sure WHY this sketchbook spread didn’t give me a sense of satisfaction. Maybe because the head is too big on the pose, maybe because I struggled to show the form of the foot. I’m not sure, but I got the time in. I’m making 10,000 mistakes as quickly as I can.

After lunch I went to Affinity and set up for my 2:30 appointment. Which never happened. So I used a few minutes of that newly free time to start sketching out a composition for a chest tattoo:

As a rough block-in, I think it has a good flow and stays just outside of symmetry. I see a few parts that I would like to change in the layout before I start worrying about details, though. I may do a quick value study to see what I can come up with.

After I sketched the layout for the chest panel I packed up and handled some errands to save time for tomorrow, and got my first COVID vaccine while I was at it. I’m anything but anti-vax, but I either kept forgetting or procrastinating on the vaccine until I saw the entire state of Kentucky turn red. Not a fun time. Better late than never!

What was awesome?

Catching a nap this morning to get my total sleep up to 7 hours. I think that’s going to be a new rule.

Using my spare time to be productive.

What needs work?

I had a no-show client, which puts a big, red X next to their name in my appointment book.

What did I learn?

I can make good use of my time no matter the circumstance. And culling my client pool is a relief sometimes.

And don’t forget to check out CreateQuest – a project that I’m working on with Chris Beaven. It’s our mission to bring creatives together in an empowering community with a focus on improving the world, not just changing it.

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