Wednesdoodles: Ideas.

doodlesbannerI know, it’s a little past Wednesday, but I have a few doodles and sketches to share!

Truth be told, I haven’t been into my sketchbook much lately, and that makes me a little sad. Life has been crazy busy. Working a full time job and running a small business on the side, and trying to maintain a social life is not easy to balance. I also live alone which can be taxing in itself at times…BUT! I am learning to make it all work. It’s easy to let things slide, and I feel like I should at the very least be sketching and doodling or writing when I’m not working on any major projects. I think what I really need is to make sure I sit myself down for at least a half hour a day and doodle. It’s so important because it fuels all of my work, and it also keeps me feeling happy.

animal  When I get off track in my work I get really bummed out. It’s like a combination of feeling guilty and lost, and then wondering why and how I let myself get so lazy about something that is clearly so important to me! Lately I’ve been thinking about creating an illustrated book as my next project, and I’m getting really excited thinking up all kinds of potential ideas. I LOVE reading other artist’s illustrated novels. Sometimes they are just bits and pieces of their lives, their travels, sometimes they are collected ideas, or moments almost like an illustrated journal. It’s fascinating to be able to see the world through someone else’s eyes. I also so admire when someone can visually share a moment in life.

mammalI’m thinking about all kinds of ideas. I guess a good idea to illustrate and write about would be any number of the ideas that occupy my mind often. One thing I find myself thinking about is how far removed human beings have become from the earth we walk on, how far we’ve distanced ourselves from it. So many of us have forgotten what we are and where we came from. Hence these sketches that you see above. It’s easy to forget about all of this. There are a zillion distractions to help us feel a little safer, and less lost and more civilized.

handsAnyhow! These are just my ideas, we’ll see where I take it! Hope everyone is having a great week so far. Check back in on Monday to find out who the next Featured Artist will be!

8 thoughts on “Wednesdoodles: Ideas.

  1. I know what you mean about feeling better if you spend some time drawing. I am always thinking that I should set aside time each day for doodling, but it doesn’t happen often. Thank you for sharing your half-hour per day idea, I want to see if I can do that and if it makes a difference. Sometimes I just don’t know what to draw….

    • I’m certain it will make a difference! The way I see it, you are missing out on so many creative ideas when you aren’t pushing your work, and creating a real practice for yourself. I rarely know what I’m going to draw when I sit down to work, I usually just let things flow until I hit that meditative sweet spot where I’m loose enough to get into some decent ideas. The more time I spend time doodling and sketching, the more inspired I am to keep at it. It’s only through working that you can find that though so keep at it! 🙂

  2. P.S.: Our lives are very similar: I live alone, work a day job that isn’t related to my illustration skills, and also keep going with my art as a business in my spare time. Keep up the good work, I know from experience that its tough to do it all.

  3. The same thing happens to me when I get too busy to write or take photographs. The daily grind can get the better of me, family, and work…ugh! Then inevitably so much time has passed that I dread sitting down and wading through the minutia to get to the creative part. It seems to unsettle my routine and I then I wonder why I am irritable, and oh yeah, I haven’t written anything. Or taken a photo. Great post and I commiserate along with you. Now I’ve got to get back to work. 🙂

    • Yes it’s so tough! I feel like it’s important to make creative time a priority. Work it right into your weekly schedule and don’t let it slip, because time does pass so quickly and easily, and while you could have been writing or taking amazing photos you were caught up in everyday life! It’s easy to put it away when there are so many other obligations that seem more important but if you are a creative person then it is just as important as all of the other daily obligations. Keep at it and good luck!

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