Doodle A Day Challenge for 2016

This year I’m taking on the challenge to create a doodle a day and post it online for accountability. At first, it might seem a bit silly because if you create for a living, you probably already create every day (or almost every day). You don’t really need to be challenged, right?

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But I’ve learned that I really like these kinds of challenges and group accountability. It gives me the opportunity to focus on a particular subject and create a body of work slowly, but surely. It’s not as daunting and it sort of guarantees a little bit of creative time, even when life gets busy.

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As you can see, I have chosen to doodle a little girl each day which is a comfortable space for me. I want to set myself up for success, after all! However, I added the difficulty of handlettering which I’m needing to practice. There is room to add more elements when the day permits. So far so good… although I feel like I need to get better or do more each day already. Sort of a weird type of personal, but entirely unnecessary pressure. I just need to relax!

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I’m posting on Instagram and the link goes to my Twitter and Facebook as well, so please follow along and let me know what you think. Is there something specific you want me to incorporate in a doodle? I’m open to any and all ideas, because I’ve got over 350 days to go :)

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A Girl Needs Her Coffee!

Studio Calico has a member design challenge, so I decided to give it a try and offer up my cute girl doodling for a coffee themed stamp set. At least, that’s what I think would be cool.

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The idea is to have these everyday items to use in our daily documentation and planners… because coffee is definitely a part of my every day life! Would really appreciate you liking my design to get it considered – just visit the gallery and heart my image! 

#The100DayProject

I’ve been taking it easy this month, waiting for our 2nd baby to arrive (any day now!) but still keeping myself creatively active via Instagram. It’s probably because Instagram is so easy to update on a day-to-day basis. I joined in on the #The100DayProject challenge all about the process of making for 100 days in a row. You pick your own challenge and get to it for a 100 days, posting your progress. I kept it simple by challenging myself to create a simple sketch every single day and it’s working because I’m still going at it 40 days later. Pretty cool!

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Even though I know that when the baby arrives, I might run into a time crunch, it’s worth incorporating a creative routine into my day, no matter how small or quick. It’s proof that it doesn’t take a lot of time to inject a bit of creative mojo into our busy schedules. It always seems like such trivial progress, but when you look back you realize how much you have accomplished. It’s never too late to join in or start your own initiative or challenge, so I say go for it!

Exploring Shapes in Black and White

Lately I’ve been trying to get back to the basics and spending my creative playtime exploring basic shapes and simple patterns… all in black and white. Putting black pen to paper is my go-to creative habit and that’s how all my ideas blossom.

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I realize that there is nothing amazing about all these basic shapes. It’s all been done before and it’s not exactly “eureka!” in terms of illustration or amazing technical skill. However, I think we often overlook the beauty in simplicity and the importance of curation and balance.

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I’m trying to strengthen my foundation these days and really curate. I have been known to fall into the trap of paralysis, wanting to create the most amazing-best-ever-all-time-perfect-never-been-done-before thing. Silly, right?

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It tune with my word of the year – READY – I just have to go for it and do, rather than hesitate. In many ways, it has all been done before… but never by you and your hand. So that is the unique special part of creating with your own two hands. Don’t you think so?

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Doodling away variations of girls. A head here and a head there…brewing in my head! I think it’s going to end up being a cute little print…

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Recently I made myself a new journal, simple longstitch binding and opted for a larger size – A4 full page – which is more challenging for me to “fill up.” I used mixed media paper from Canson, so hopefully that will allow me to play with whatever medium I choose, day to day.

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I’ve been trying to do something every single day, but it’s definitely challenging with a newborn in the house. There are days when I feel spent and without any motivation whatsoever. Then there are other days when I have a lot of ideas, but just physically don’t want to move – seriously!

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Now I understand the zombie state that many parents probably feel like they are in… it’s pretty insane that our bodies can keep going despite the fatigue and lack of sleep. These days the little one is staying awake more – thus more fussy – and it’s taking longer to get him to sleep when he wakes up in the middle of the night for feeding. I’ve still got nothing to complain about compared to so many stories out there. I try to console myself into thinking that my arms are going to be super buff just carrying the little guy around!

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So it’s a bit random in my new sketchbook. I’ve been trying to add some paint and color, rather than defaulting to plain black and white doodles all the time. It’s a bit messier than I would prefer, so not sure how long I can stick with this. I’m still exploring and experimenting here and there, so there’s nothing very directed in my creative mind these days.

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With the new arrival, I’ve certainly neglected my sketchbook a bit. Haven’t found the time to just sit around and doodle. There are times when my mind is buzzing with ideas, but my hands are full and I can’t actually do anything about it. This feeling sort of connects with my Illustration Friday doodle of feeling like I haven’t accomplished anything day to day. The hours just fly by, whatever happened to yesterday?

LTieu2But of course, I’m not complaining. Motherhood is a beautiful time and I should most definitely soak it all in as these days pass by. Sometimes when I have a minute – literally – I try to practice variations of doodles I have in mind. How many times do you practice something before deciding on exactly how you want it? I think sometimes people assume that drawings just magically form themselves in one shot. That’s not how it works for me. I draw variations and variations, until I come upon something I really like.

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Take this simple baby birdie doodle. The idea was in my mind, but haven’t refined the details, even though it’s a fairly simple drawing. I was reminded of this video of Quentin Blake about how he redraws his work over and over again, until he’s satisfied. The spontaneity of the line he wants to keep, but that doesn’t mean you get it on the first shot. I suppose these are the studies, even if they just look like simple doodles.