Finding Inspiration by Mike Lowery
Hello! I’m Mike Lowery an illustrator and author who spends most of the day drawing bananas with faces on them, space stuff, robotic cats and a grumpy duck named Carl from my series of books, Doodle Adventures.
I’d like to talk to you a little bit about a little thing called “Inspiration.” People ask me all the time how I come up with my ideas for my books and comics, and I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Inspiration doesn’t all of a sudden appear out of nowhere! It’s not a magical thing that comes in through a window while you’re just sitting there sipping tea that plants an idea and makes you yell “aha!” at the top of your lungs. I mean maybe that’s the way it for some folks, but not for me.
For me, ideas don’t just appear like that. They’re a combination of lots of little doodles or notes that I’ve made that slowly turn into an idea. Often, when I sit down and look at a clean piece of paper, I’m not really sure what to draw, so I give myself little drawing games to play to help my brain get kickstarted a little. Sometimes the drawings that come out of these games are not-so-great and they just stay in my sketchbook, and sometimes they grow into a little seedling, and if I keep adding to it..it turns into something I might use for a project.
Every day, I sit down for at least an hour (sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less), and I just…draw. I draw what I had for lunch, I draw little shapes and try to turn them into some kind of animal or alien or creature, I draw something from my day, I draw anything I can think of.
If you’re having a hard time thinking of how to start a story, I’ve created a short comic just for you. You can use the suggestions as a guideline to create something brand new! OR, don’t use the guidelines AT ALL, and just make up your own story!
Follow Mike and see how he turns his love of travel, food and drawing into a daily doodle diary on Instagram at: @mikelowerystudio
And check out his latest book The Pursuit of the Pesky Pizza Pirate, book 2 in the Doodle Adventures series. Book 3 is due out soon…and happens to be about a robotic cat made out of stinky tuna fish cans.