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One of the most important routines I have is my daily illustrated journal. In my journal I document my days and experiences. I try to do this every day, and have been mostly successful in doing so the past four years. This means I have drawn over a thousand pages since I first started drawing again, and it has been the driving force behind my illustration practices. When I started four years ago, I had forgotten all about this creative side of myself and the journal really opened up a whole new side to my character and my life. Now, I cannot even imagine my life without it. The book I use as my journal is very important – it has a date on every page, so it motivates me not leave any pages blank. It forces me to draw, even when I feel uninspired or tired. Often this will help me get across a creative dry spell, even if the pages turn out be less than brilliant. Besides this, I try to work on ‘free’ work as well. I work in an office five to six days a week, so often there’s no time for anything besides the journal (although you’d be surprised how many hours one can gain by sleeping less ;-)), but on weekends and during holidays I always try to work on a creative project or two. I’ll look for fun projects online to work on. Preferably projects with a set deadline, like the Sketchbook Project. I think because I work so much, and have little time to draw, I manage to keep myself motivated pretty much all the time. Any spare hour I can get, I will take. I’m not sure how I would do it sitting in my studio all day, although I often fantasize about this. I imagine I’d be a lot less tired, though. Anna Denise van der Reijden www.annadenise.nl

Good to Know #9: Rituals & Routines  

The Good to Know Project is full of advice + inspiration from artists/illustrators/designers on creativity, business and life. This issue ha...

Good to Know #9: Rituals & Routines  

The Good to Know Project is full of advice + inspiration from artists/illustrators/designers on creativity, business and life. This issue ha...

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