I suppose this is fitting. Since I’m pretty much the Michael Jordan of stick figure cat drawing, how long could my retirement last?
The last couple of months have been great. I’ve spent some excellent quality time with my family, and have nursed a few other creative projects as well. But now it’s time for me to take those dusty Sharpies off the wall and get back to doing what I do best. To paraphrase “Rowdy” Roddy Piper from the cinema classic They Live, “I’m here to draw cats and chew bubble gum. And I’m all out of bubble gum.”
There’s nothing quite like a hiatus to give you renewed focus and energy around a project. And now that I know which pitfalls led to my burnout, hopefully I’ll be a bit better equipped to navigate the next thousand drawings or so. Besides – I’m a bit too OCD to let a project stop after drawing 16,237 of anything. This cat drawing guy needs a nice round number before I can pack it in again.
I’m back in the game. I’m going to admit that the business side of this project really crushed me. Running a business is not my expertise. So this time around I hope to treat it like more of a personal adventure, and remember that it’s the connection with YOU that makes this so awesome and fulfilling. I like drawing cats for people. It’s a form of expression and connection that I feel is valid and important. As weird as it is, it’s an extension of who I am as a person, and it didn’t feel natural to put it to bed.
So hey, fella or gal…