Manben, a series by manga artist Naoki Urasawa, that documents how manga artists work by filming them for days. This series is probably the biggest art un-blocker you can find. Some of those artists strive for the perfect line. Others will redo drawings ten times, making a crust of white eraser on their paper. Others use photos, scanners, lousy brush strokes, or even photoshop version 4.0 and can't draw a line correctly 9 times out of 10 after 30 years of career.
This was a trigger for me to understand that drawing, like most craftsmanship, is about figuring out a process you find interesting and feel like doing thousands of times without getting bored. The result may not look like what you strive for or the artists your admire, but will be the pure, unfiltered result of who you are.
So, I've started drawing again in 2021. I go to live model drawing lessons, again in an art school. It's a ton of fun, probably because I'm now in a situation where I can do whatever I want and answer to nobody but myself. Drawing isn't linked to grades, or a future career. It's all about finding what I enjoy doing while doing it, and seeing an often unexpected result at the end. It never ceases to surprise me.
My favorite tools are gray pens, markers and black ink with brushes. I draw on large paper, most of the time on 50 by 60 centimeters sheets. I feel constrained by small paper sizes, as I can't draw with my arm and need to use only my wrist, which tends to frustrate me. I also have hard time drawing with models far from me, or for long sessions. It's actually super hard for me to last more than 20 minutes on a drawing.
Today my favorite drawers are probably Hiroaki Samura, Takehiko Inoue, Katsuya Terada and Shin'ichi Sakamoto. Unsurprisingly, all of them are or were manga artists, all of them depict humans, animals and surroundings in expressive strokes and expressions.
I like drawing people, and the expression that shows through their bodies and faces.