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Phantom Farm Equipment- Sketchbook Watercolor sketches

Coming off some high stress productions and many hard start and stop productions, I’ve been very tired. Reflecting on this, I’m not sure where I go from here. I love drawing and making, but the opportunities are few and when they do come around it’s like a drag race to the end and them I’m off like a set of used brakes. I’m not sure where I go from here

I’ve been waking up at 5am for a while now trying to combat my aimlessness. I find the early morning hours are prime peaceful time as the world isn’t quite awake yet. I used to try to get as much done as I could during these hours and even stream if I could, but now I’m selfishly trying to make it “me” time.  

I make some coffee, walk the dogs, and now that it’s could out, I start a fire in the woodstove to warm up the house before everyone wakes up. It’s a calm routine I’ve grown to love. Depending on the day I catch up on some YouTube and draw or have my coffee and tackle some of my own stories. 

Below you can catch up on a couple stages of an old sketchbook page I painted up during these hours.  

Combining ink, marker and watercolor, I take this page from start to finish in about two hours. It’s not production and it’s not portfolio quality, but it’s quiet and quiet is something I’ve been striving for. 

I hope you are all doing well. As winter sets in here in the MIdwest United States we are hunkering down and hoping it passes without much trouble. 

Best wishes,  

Ethan Yazel.