Doodles will forever be a source of therapy for me. Putting a pen to paper is therapeutic, isn’t it?
If it isn’t for you, I’m sure you have something that calms you… How often do you do it?
Lately I’ve been sketching everyday pretty naturally, I don’t know if anyone else can relate but it seems that there is an overflow of creativity and artistic/intrinsic motivation.
Today I’m keeping things short and sweet, and sharing a few of my latest sketchbook gems. I’m seeing improvement in some areas and not in others, but for me it never has been about the quality when it comes to sketches.
John is able to elicit emotion through words more eloquently than anyone I’ve ever known. I’ve found his words sometimes haunting, sometimes consoling, hopeful, and dark. The contradiction shadowed only by the truth of it. There are moments of triumph, moments of defeat, and most importantly millions of little moments in between, that can only be captured by a true poet. Someone who feels completely, and knows that words can become a gateway to human connection.
I thought I would share here, one of his pieces, accompanied by a few of my own works, I hope you’ll consider reading some of his other beautiful poems at https://woodsydotblog.wordpress.com
I saw your face this morning –
something I needed,
outside of it all.
I reached out,
years too late to feel your skin,
and felt the echoes of your spirit.
it is the shadows
and empty spaces
that push me forward –
a ride or a dance or a dream…
just the last little ticks of nightmare…
But here you are,
nestled in blue…
in the surf and the sky
and the morning…
and all of those things I can’t do.
Here you are,
this crater of heartbeats
with the echo of yesterday’s screams:
“I’m getting better!”
The one damn thing you needed.
The one thing I did, too.
So did the world that forgot you were there…
showing it something,
Sometimes, I’m lost here,
just like you,
slicing the world
with a hot steel blade:
“I’m getting better!”
(from this, from them, from you)
to shove a kinder,
less merciless truth
into indifferent ears:
“I’m getting better!”
(from this, from them, from stuff you say… stuff you do)
One more doodling day to go! I’ve been having a lot of fun drawing a bit each day, it’s something that I think a lot of people lose over time. Once life gets busy, and we are all worried about the daily grind, artistic hobbies can take a back burner. It’s sad that the world seems to undervalue creative minds, with so much going on in technology and science fields, we all know that becoming a computer engineer is a lot more monetarily rewarding, and a safer choice. Rather than becoming an artist, writer, or musician, which is basically asking for a life filled with uncertainty.
All that said, drawing more, and pursuing more artistic fields has given me reason to keep cultivating a part of myself that is really defining. I’m not a computer engineer, and I accept that fact that not everything will be conventional, or safe, about my path in life. I may never become a professional artist, but I sure as hell like spending my time doing things I truly enjoy. Whether that be writing, drawing, painting, sculpting, or photography. I never feel as though that time was wasted.
As some may have noticed, if you read my last post, I left for a weekend camping trip. It’s safe to say, that it was a much appreciated break from everything. It’s always so nice to be completely disconnected from the modern world. It makes me so excited for my future plans of travel and camping around in different national parks. I’ve talked often about how much I crave adventure, and escapade. Every time I get out, and go somewhere to camp for a few days, it reignites that desire in me.
Anyway, after a few days without posting I thought it was about time to get back on the band wagon, and keep, keeping on. Without further a do, here are some crappy doodles I tried to do during the drive. Moving vehicles on dirt roads, don’t make drawing easy, that’s for sure. It’s the effort that counts I suppose. Also, I found that drawing with pencil, after days of using ballpoint, is supremely difficult. I have always preferred pen for drawing, I’m not really sure why but, I think I’ll probably be using pen from here on out.
Another day done and gone. Yesterday, I mainly focused on drawing faces, (as it’s one of my favorite things to draw). I decided to draw with blue pen this time, and then red ballpoint ended up mixing itself in, to make for what I think is a really cool effect. It was a lot of fun, but also kind of frustrating, I had a bunch of practice sketches and things that I decided not to add, but I feel like, as with any artists, the worst critic is yourself.
Overall, I’ve had a lot of fun sketching so far. I may say it every time, but it really is just a nice way to create without all of the pressure that comes with in depth pieces. I don’t think I’ve done a finished piece since my last year of high school to be honest, I just can’t bring myself to put all that effort into something that I know I won’t think is good enough. It may sound rather harsh, but sketches are where I can go to really just allow my mind to run wild. I know a lot of people recommend using references, however, I use reference photos pretty rarely. Maybe I’ll try out doing only reference drawings some day soon, I think it definitely could be beneficial. For now though, this is what I’ve got for day 4 of my self-administered sketching challenge.
For this one, I tried to add in a bit of a background, I also wanted to do fairly large eyes, just to get the wide-eyed vibe. Especially because of all of the crazy atoms, flying (?) all around her.
I still don’t really know how to judge my own drawings, as I definitely see flaws in every sketch. That’s what sketching is all about though, isn’t it? Improvement.
Is it Wednesday?? I definitely get Addams’ family feelings from this one. I do really like this one for some reason. I think she’s kinda cute.
I’ll also be out of commission for the next few days, on probably what will be, the last camping trip of this year. I’m super excited to disconnect for a long weekend, and avoid all of the chaos for a little while. Wish me luck!
Yesterday I went the extra mile, with some serious doodling. It was just really relaxing, and I had quite a bit of time to draw. I’ve been using a 4×6 sketchbook for most of my doodles recently but sometimes, it’s just a bit too small. I decided to take out an ancient high school sketchbook that I’ve had forever and start using that again.
I have the terrible habit of never finishing/reusing old sketchbooks, so hopefully this will help me break that habit. I think I’m going to keep filling old notebooks/sketchbooks for a while, until I can safely say that I haven’t wasted any precious pages.
These are the sketches I did in my little sketchbook, before I decided I needed more space. I also got sick of using pencil, I love using ball point pen for sketches, and when I found a red one, I got super excited to draw! I find that sometimes using different supplies really helps spark some ideas, maybe that’s just me?
Regardless, I really enjoyed the sketching process yesterday, and I’m glad to be drawing a bit each day. I have a feeling I’ll probably stick with it a while, even though somedays are less than stellar. Does anyone else take the time to draw, or cultivate a hobby, each day?
I took some time to draw facial features, and aliens of course. Not to mention the many circles and lines in between. When I sketch, instead of doing a warm-up with circles and lines, I usually incorporate them into the page. Don’t ask me why, for some reason it just happens as I’m doodling. Without me even noticing really.