Back to Basics – Drawing and Doodling | Jumping on the Bullet Journal Train

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Drawing and Doodling

I’ve mentioned in my posts lately, about my recent lack of motivation and productivity. I don’t want to dwell on all that too much now because I feel like I’m moving forward and would rather focus on the ways I am getting out of my art rut! (I’m even currently listening to a webinar on working through creative blocks as we speak)

So, here’s a thing I haven’t done in a while… spent a significant amount of time drawing!

I just decided to get back to basics, start drawing, not really caring too much about what it is I’m actually drawing, like when I was a kid and would just start doodling on notebook paper. I’ve watched several doodling and drawing videos and not only is the graphic nature of this style very appealing to me, but I also love the idea of just letting go and drawing random, completely unplanned strings of subjects. The recent drawings I’ve done have fallen somewhere in between the random doodling, and the super planned out work, and I am loving it.

So far, it’s been a lot of fun, and makes me want to draw and create more. The biggest thing though is that I can tell my drawing and inking skills are already improving, and my level of patience while I’m actually drawing is getting better as well.

USING A BULLET JOURNAL TO GET MY SHIT TOGETHER

Time and task management have never been my strong points. I have a lot of goals for this year, and have already been making a bunch of changes in the way I do things, so I’ve been wracking my brain to figure out: why I can’t seem to get anything done, and ways that I can be more productive. We’ve started using a white board in our studio which is amazing and helps so much, but I still apparently need more.

While checking out various artists’ videos on YouTube, just seeing what’s out there, I came across something I’d never heard of before called a “Bullet Journal.”  If you don’t know what this is, check out the original site by the guy who created this “system” of planning and organizing.

One thing that interests me about using a bullet journal, is that it’s not strict or rigid at all, and can basically be used and modified however you want, to make it the most beneficial to your own situation and organization needs. This type of journaling and planning may seem like second nature to many artists, but it’s just never really come naturally to me. I think it’s time I give it a shot.

Here’s mine.

I didn’t want to spend any money on a new journal, and I already had an empty notebook that I thought would be perfect for a starter journal. I got it while I was working at OU, so it’s embossed on the front with a logo, yay. I took about 10-15 minutes to draw up a little image, cut it out, slapped on some modpodge and varnish, and KABLAM, made it my own. I’m sure I’ll add to the decoration as I go. Like I said it was a quickie drawing, but I’m happy with the way it turned out.

Once I get the journal part set up, I’ll probably do a follow-up post on how I actually plan to use it. Should be fun… oh, and also help with getting shit done, right!

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