I'm always mystified by people who can draw every day in the same style, one thing, from sketch to posting the fully rendered colour version, because for me things tend to come and go over the span of a month. When I can't draw I'll feel like writing a lot, talking a lot, playing games, cleaning house, and it's hard to shake the feeling that I'm being "unproductive" when that tends to be the time I spend putting my life in order. While any drawings I work out tend to be stiffly posed and very "left brain", I have no problem with technical drawing during this time. Conversely, when I can and do feel like drawing, the poses flow well, the faces might be simplified, but there's a gestural quality and a singularity to the lineart that I just can't achieve when I'm in that other mode. At the same time, my social abilities tend to disappear and I become some kind of grunting cave troll and make a huge mess. This makes it challenging to manage my time in terms of commissions and errands, and I do feel that over time I've been making progress on adapting my daily plans to fit whatever flow I'm in by being more aware of it. I tend to do all of the sketching over a span of several days, and these "sprees" tend to come in waves. Then, between cleaning desk and vacuuming and laundry and reading/content gathering/studying (I'm out of school but I still study whatever interests me), I'll pick away at the linework, or work on backgrounds and more geometric images. This is sometimes disastrous but I know that in the "real world" it's expected that your hand is yours to command any day of the week, and I need the practise, even when I ruin good sketches. It's also strange because sometimes it feels like I have two separate styles, and often end up doing two (or three or four) sketches for each commission and wasting a lot of time deliberating on which I should finish, and it often comes down to which lineart I messed up the least.
It kinda makes me wonder why society is structured in such a homogeneous way, as it feels so counter-intuitive and counterproductive to me. I have to wonder if there isn't more potential in building flexible creative spaces that may have some competitive edge over the 9-5 mon-fri office-like studios. I know these studios do exist and they are a lot better to work for; ones with beer and quiet spaces where you're welcome to work from 6pm til 4am if that's your thing, and I would die to be in one of those places lol. If I could create one myself it would be a dream come true.