Do you ever kinda slip into a drawing trance?
Like, you're going about your normal day and then all of a sudden you HAVE TO DRAW and all of your senses kinda dull and you don't feel totally there anymore, but you're just thinking of drawing and how much you need to be drawing right this second and you don't even know what you'll be drawing but your hands start twitching because they HAVE TO DRAW NOW.
For me, sounds seem kinda distant or like I'm hearing them through water, I feel like my eyes aren't my eyes, but like a pair of lenses or binoculars that the real me is looking through and I don't really take in sights anymore unless it's my drawing, because I'm so much inside my own head that outside stimulus might overwhelm me.
I feel like there's a big empty space or energy ball or demon-ghost-thing that fills my body and it's kinda piloting me as I do things. I don't care about eating or sleeping or much else and I lose hours at a time while I draw ("Oh good I'm done… WHEN THE HELL DID IT BECOME 5AM I SWEAR IT WAS JUST 8PM!? AND WHEN DID I LAST BLINK OH GOD MY EYES")
And I feel really really maladjusted if I suddenly have to leave my little drawing trance before I've finished or if I can't draw when I feel it. It can literally ruin my mood for maybe the rest of the day.
At least half the time when I just WANT to sit and draw, I can kinda induce it on myself. I set up a playlist to listen to and something to drink beside me (I won't be getting up for a while) and kinda slowly ease my way into it with rough sketches or looking at art I like. It's easiest for me to do this at night, especially from about midnight to 4am.
I've been thinking lately about how weird this little trance thing is figured it's what people mean when they say they're "in the zone" or "feeling it" or whatever. But I wanted to share my perspective on it, because it is so weird, and see how it goes for anyone else.