I think I mentioned before I’ve been doing some doodling. Well, actually, by “some” I mean a fair amount, because I was doing it as a Christmas present for my chosen sister, Rachel. That is also why I didn’t mention the extent of my efforts, until she received my present. Now that’s out in the open, I wanted to share images of all my doodles to date. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them — they keep building up — but, hey, here they are (beneath the fold). If you like coloring and want larger/higher quality images of these to print and color, let me know. I’d be happy to share; also, I can always scan again with better color resolution.
A couple comments: They’re scanned in greyscale, which is why they’re kind of dull, but I did them all on nice paper with a fountain pen and permanent, archival black ink. After a while I got a drawing board and a T-square (still hanging around from my technical drawing class in high school!), which improved the straightness of my lines substantially, as you may notice, but I try to have fewer straight-edge lines and more freehand lines. Images are displayed in no particular order, but you can see I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about suns, moons, trees, clouds, and rain. Perhaps because I’ve always been interested in weather, these things pretty much never bore me to draw.
Why am I doing this? In part, as I mentioned, as a gift. But also because when I passed my Series 65 test, I needed something to calm my mind that was totally different from reading or the kind of thinking I’d been doing. I find this kind of doodling is something I can do while listening to the radio or talking with a friend (as long as they don’t mind my lack of eye contact), and it feels calming and meditative. I never know what’s going to come out when I start; sometimes I have a plan, but often I don’t. I just start with a blank sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper and see what happens. I always try to just embrace and incorporate any errors (the black ink means there’s no undoing once I put the nib onto the paper), finding some way to redeem the mistake rather than fretting over it, because nothing in life is perfect, and I might as well accept that with my doodling as with the rest of life.
A lot of these look nicer on the page because the edge of the paper adds the sense of white space. I’ve been learning as I go what kind of balance of busy detail vs. white space feels right. Many of them are a little too busy, but then part of what I find soothing is drawing in this tiny space, many repeated but not identical elements, so that’s definitely not going away.
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