-By Greg Ruth
|Ethan Hawke in Canyon De Chelly, where we came up with how to plot out the Battle at Skeleton Cave for INDEH|
|Jon J Muth drawing on the floor at the ASFA Booth this last Comicon|
Of all the 'coholicisms in our culture it's the one we're supposed to be okay with. We even embrace caffeine to help us achieve maximum workaholic potential. it is the axes that cuts the tree and when un-managed can eat all the rest of your life if you're not careful. In fact the best thing for, at least by my experience is finding time to deny it. Somehow the work wants to be denied when it can be. It can be like a souffle you don't want to ruin by peeking too soon. Letting things bake and settle in the mind can be how you get the breakthrough moments. You can drive the car to where you need to go only by letting go of the steering wheel. And it is within those moments... sitting on a beach, wandering through the woods, driving in a car through the western edges of Apache and Navajo country, flying on a plane to Chicago to do press work... this is when the revolutions seem to come to me. Unhindered, uninvited and always welcome.
|Harker's Drop birthplace for THE LOST BOY|
|Maine tidal pool which inspired Cochise's stronghold in INDEH.|
|The place where I came to understand who Col. Bascom was to us and the book for INDEH.|
|More notions for the rough rocky shores of the Arizona wilderness for INDEH, that was simply a small rocky out cropping outside out cabin near Winter Harbor.|
Even trips designed for work have become crucibles of breakthrough moments. It seems whatever place moving out of your usual physical space is in the mind, is a train station to whole new other cities and undersea landscapes I could have never imagined.
This one here had me working on a new children's book about a giant that has been coming together very quickly these last few weeks. Its a super weird idea and I can't be at all certain anyone would be interested in it, but the idea simply won't leave me alone.
|One of many that has inspired an upcoming series of drawings for my ongoing 52 WEEKS PROJECT series.|
|This was the moment when doing Conan made all the sense in the world to me. Our friend Luke here led to how the scene in the first chapter where Conan scramble up a rock to get a package of food as a challenge was visually created.|
|The moment when I realized how I was going draw Orson Welles for the 52 WEEKS PROJECT Year 2.|
|Owing nothing to Ruby's lovely personality, I knew here when I wanted to write a story about a horrible little girl who took over the world for a book I still haven't finished called TERRIBLE TINA DARLING.|
|Obviously, THE LOST BOY was found here.|
So simply put, if you like me, feel a bit guilty letting go of the work and taking time off, don't. There's a lot of good to taking time away despite the actual human health aspects. Do it and between you and me, you could end up working by accident. See? All better.