Friday, 12 February 2010

Little Princess

Often a doodle can achieve a relaxed spontaneity that can't be planned or forced. Drawings just grow at their own pace, the mind is mesmerised by the process, it's a form of meditation. Drawings appear that, were I to attempt as a professional job, I'd be gnashing my teeth to get right, fussing, worrying about deadline and otherwise stressing myself out.
That's why it's so important for illustrators to sketch and doodle, to loosen the creative juices, let drawings flow, purely for our own pleasure.

Here's one such contemplative doodle from New Year, once more on a long cross-country train. Daughter said "draw me a Princess, with a doggie". So this was for her...

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Castles in the Hair

I've not posted any sketches for a while, partly because since moving to London I've yet to establish a routine that gives me regular "doodle-time". On the whole I find it hard to sketch freely at home, I'm always in a hurry to get on with something else. Deadlines, parenting, household things, or electronic screens of one form or another fill the day. Work is work, but when it comes to just drawing for it's own sake, for my own pleasure, I need to be in a more contemplative state of mind.

Doodling for me is best pursued when I'm in a particular spot for a fixed length of time and few distractions, a reverie where the mind and pen can meander in peace, hence my love of trains and buses.

I'm trying to encourage myself to develop a policy of "a doodle every day", sadly I'm not quite there yet, but I'll post some new things shortly. In the meantime, on the insistence of my daughter, who likes this one, here's something doodled on a train journey last year.