My morning pages are caffeine. I start off with a drawing exercise from Charles Bargue's classic drawing course and get loose with a three minute life doodle of the fish or the dog or cat before I get down to business with book illustrations or--time allowing -- an actual painting.
My creative coffee doesn't just jump start painting or illustration. It's part of the 10,000 hour journey towards mastering an art, and it's the reminder that anything worth achieving takes practice and persistence.
It fuels the rest of the day, but it also drives every part of my life.