The next few weeks, on Sundays, we are going to look at another 3 more aspects of Benjamin Franklin’s highly effective habits for narrative art professionals. Growing up as a printer by trade, he really wasn’t much different in many regards to Narrative Art comic book artists. Learning from Benjamin Franklin should be a prime consideration for any talented narrative art comic book professional.
In February, we looked at being clean. In March, we are going to look at health and fitness. I want you to mark a date on your calendar. March 13, 2012. This is a Tuesday. Some of my narrative art comic book friends are joining up for the Biggest Loser Competition we had done last year. I ended up winning last year. I was the skinniest of the group starting out at 175 pounds. Well, I ended up losing 40 pounds and won the competition. I have gained a bit back since then, but I don’t think I’ll be able to win again. I ended up losing 22.76% This time I think I will only be able to lose about 12%. So, I’ve decided I am going to help as many people beat me in the competion as I can.
Last year, after I won the competition, I put together all the stuff I learned and made a product which I sold for $39. One of the ladies that went on the program has diabetes and was on 4 shots of insulin a day. She actually gained a few extra pounds right after the start of our program. By the end, she had lost 12% of her body weight and was down to just 1 insulin shot a day.
It feels really good to be a catalyst for change in other people’s lives.
I was surprised to see a lot of narrative art comic book creators I read about online has some form of fitness routine to keep them in shape, Jason Aaron, John Rauch, Beau Smith, all have really good ideas for staying in shape so they are not staring at the computer or the drawing table all day. Some lift weights, some run, some flip tractor tires. The life of a narrative artist is sedantary one. You have to find ways to stay active and have fun.
So as we head to March 13th, we are going to focusing on these 3 traits from Ben Franklin.
Moderation: Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
Temperance: Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
If you are a healthy fit narrative art comic book creator, perhaps you can offer some tips below as to what your routines are to look like Superman, instead of the Blob.