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This Is What Happens When I Avoid Doing Work

I wake up early on the weekends. I can’t help it. It just carries over from the work week. So I make coffee, check the news, read Twitter and make a plan for the day – I have a bunch of artwork to do, I want to clean up the apartment a bit, go food shopping, make a nice dinner, and so on.

At this point my wife is probably still asleep, because It’s only 7 am or so. And I don’t want to make lots of noise and wake her, since we have a smallish apartment and there is no door between the bedroom and the rest of the space. So I can’t do dishes, or clean the living room because that would be noisy. But I have to clean the living room in order to start making some art because the living room is where my drawing table lives, all stacked up with garbage and no surface available. But the computer is quiet! I can plug in my headphones and draw on my tablet. But before I do that, maybe I’ll play a little bit of Minecraft. Wasn’t I going to relocate the hidden doorway to my Secret Mountain Fastness? Yeah. I’ll just play Minecraft for a little while…

I’m sure you can see what’s happening here. This is the mind of a procrastinator at work. My mind.

“But Brian, why are you telling us all of this?”, you ask.

You may think I’m telling this story as a prelude to some new schedule I’ve concocted. Maybe I’ve figured out a way to manage my time better and I feel as if I should share this information with all the lovely readers of Mad Art Lab. Or maybe you think I’m going to link to a new study that found correlations between creativity and time spent doing chores.

The truth is, I wrote the above so you’ll have some context for when you see how I spent a recent Sunday.

I live in New York City. I could have been doing anything else. But instead I did this:

From Above
From Above
From Below
From Below
From The Top, Overlooking My Majestic, Hidden Mountain Fastness
From The Top, Overlooking My Majestic, Hidden Mountain Fastness

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Brian George

Brian George is an illustrator and designer who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In his spare time he makes videos of Spirograph drawings and complains about doing laundry. Website: Twitter: @brianggeorge Insta: @brianggeorge If you're into what I'm doing, feel free to throw down a bit in my tipjar here: @brianggeorge

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  1. Superior procrastination, old sport. Many thanks for thinking of your fellow Lab mates!

  2. Here’s a minecraft art project I did from way back.
    To appreciate it, you need a little bit of background. In the very early days of minecraft (before my time) there was a mob who was a girl with a frog hat and backpack, known as Rana.

    Note that when I made this, the only way to get wool was to kill a sheep (no shearing), and the only way to get sheep was to wait for them to spawn (no breeding.) It took a long time to get the materials for Rana Magna. This explains why she’s rather low resolution.

    More about Rana:

  3. @Criticaldragon1177: That game looks like a time-suck of immense proportions. It also looks rad.

    @Filias Cupio: Wow. Knowing the work that went into that makes it 1000x more awesome. I am full of awe.

  4. @Brian George

    Glad you like so far. I think it looks really cool as well, otherwise I don’t think I would have mentioned it.

  5. @Brian George

    What do you think you’ll make first in “Landmark” by the way?

  6. @criticaldragon1177: Assuming I do end up getting the game, I’d build a hidden mountain fortress, first thing. But I’m not sure if I’ll get it yet. As you can see from the article, I have a time management problem 🙂

  7. @Brian George

    That could be cool. I always liked those in fantasy games. 🙂

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