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The doodling process

June 17, 2017

I have been thinking lately about why I'm having such a good time doing my little drawings. I think a big part of it is because I'm not doing a lot of the things I learned you "should" do when making art. Here, in no particular order, are some ways my current doodling is different from other art projects I've attempted.


- I use a sketchbook, but I'm filling it back to front. The reason? I'm left-handed, and the spiral binding doesn't get in my way that way. It seems so simple now, but decades of the "all notebooks must be filled front to back" mentality prevented me from doing that before.



- When I draw  vaguely symmetrical shapes, I draw right to left. That's due to left-handedness again. It helps to be able to see the curve I'm trying to match. I know, "Duh!", right? But the fact that we read from left to right made me automatically assume I should draw left to right, too. Took me long enough to figure out that I didn't have to...


- So far, I haven't drafted anything in pencil first. I've never liked using a pencil, so I just started drawing in pen this time around. I used to doodle in pen on my school folders, so it feels familiar.


- If I make a mistake, I try to make it work somehow instead of starting over. This is a hard one for me since I have a huge perfectionist streak, but I think it's good practice. Life is messy but can be beautiful, and there's no reason my drawings can't reflect that.


- I draw lying down. That's how I feel most relaxed. I usually draw right before I go to sleep, instead of reading. My follow-the-rules brain tells me I should be sitting at a table to draw, but I don't listen. Again, I used to do my homework lying on my bed or the floor, so why not draw that way?


What do you do that breaks the rules of how it "should" be done?

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