Zipfelzeus - Yeah a Cintiq is a tablet monitor. It's good, I actually think it's also great for painting once you get used to it. It still all just comes down to better accuracy. I find it easier to get sucked into a digital drawing when you have not only one device dedicated toward drawing, but having to physically interact with it.
And I hear you on the interviews. One of the reasons why I like Miles' podcast is that he touches upon topics that aren't just art and instead gets into life experiences. I mean I like hearing about art advice too, but I seldom get burnt out on philosophical talk.
crankshaft - I'm trying to figure out how best to put this into words, because while I do already do those things, you do have an interesting point about a curriculum. I'm not entirely convinced that my issue is that I treat things like a one off, though.
If I could draw anything I wanted without having to worry about commissions or studies, what would I draw? I don't know right now, that's the problem. I once mentioned to a friend that I wanted to draw something but I didn't know what, so he told me to draw thumbnails and my immediate response was, "of what? I don't even know what I want to draw yet!" I had another friend tell me that not knowing what to draw meant that I must feel ashamed or worried that the subject matter might be stupid, which would make more sense if I wasn't blanking out entirely. The two of them definitely had a point, but it never seemed to actually make sense with anything that I was experiencing.
You can't expect every single piece to be groundbreaking or something that makes you passionate, but there's a clear disconnect to me in having something that I was interested in creating when I was a teenager and how it is now. I have no issue in drawing for others and my work ethic is on point, but art for art's sake only takes you so far if you're like me. I would not care if all I got excited about on a personal level was to draw fan art so long as it kept me drawing lots, but I don't have that pet passion right now.
Motivation for small steps like daily grind is useless, that's stuff you just have to get into regardless of how you feel. Having an overarching motivation for why you do something in the first place is important, though. Why do it at all if you don't have it?
Doing more life drawing stuff and got asked to finish up one of the sketch commissions into a full piece. I still got more sketchbook stuff and other sketches but I've reached the limit and I want to get more content in before I post another.