Anybody who owns their own business or work for themselves knows that long hours are inevitable. For the last few years I’ve been working on somewhere between 2 and 4 hours sleep a night, at the most. These days if I get more than 5 hours I’m more tired than if I got no rest at all. I’ve never needed much sleep, which is definitely an advantage in what I do. Most nights end for me at about 3-4am, and start at 6-7am (when my little boy wakes us up), and these late night hours are when I seem to be the most productive. No phone calls, no emails, no distractions all mean I tend to get much more done as far as illustration of design work goes. I own/run a few different businesses so as soon as the work for one is complete there is inevitably work to do on another.
Tonight, as I write this in a ten minute break from my work is no different. I’m sat up at almost midnight illustrating comic book pages for a project I’m involved with and nearing the end of. The pages are a huge amount of work, a couple of full days on each page at least, so pulling together a full issue/comic is a big task. Tomorrow I’m out early in the morning for a day filled with client meetings, project proposals and a little design work. It’s not all work though (thankfully). Tomorrow being Halloween means that I will be spending the evening dressed up (always fun), eating sweets and taking my little boy trick-or-treating. It’s the little things.