As you churchgoers know, sometimes sermons aren’t the most gripping. In order to make myself listen, I bring a notebook and pen and try to take notes, even though there’s a vanishingly small chance I’ll ever look back at those notes. But sometimes sermons are so not-gripping that I end up flipping to the back of the notebook and doodling while listening. I’m almost done with the current notebook, and I thought I’d scan and save my doodles, since I particularly like some of them.
These were drawn over a period of about a year, from May 2014 through May 2015. I mostly used a Cross fountain pen, but sometimes used a Waterford fountain pen or a ballpoint, if my fountain pen ran out of ink. Next time I think I’ll get a nice sketch pad with good paper (this paper is really slick and cheap).
What’s interesting to me is looking back at these, they reveal some of what was on my mind subconsciously during this time: the improbable/surreal; sunsets; journeys/doorways to a new place. Lots of endings and new beginnings. The last few years have seen so many changes — Benji’s birth; my two closest friends moving out of state (and, more recently, entirely out of even my time zone); changes in my job, my responsibilities and relationships, level and type of biking… It’s been hard to adjust. Looking back at these doodles makes me realize I’ve been subconsciously working through much of this stuff over that time, but my drawings reflect the sense of ending and longing and even surreality I’ve felt over this time.
Note: If you’re interested in more of my doodle sketches, here are a list of posts with “flying cowtoons” in them:
Day’s Verse: And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:7
I’m still alive! The week in Spokane was fun, the drive back wasn’t awful, and I spent the weekend recuperating. Monday and Tuesday this week at work we’re having a “Staff Revolution.” Everybody has felt for a while that the Bike Alliance has been stagnating and things need to change. This is where we build the groundwork for that change. We created a draft vision and a set of goals that really inspire and excite me — something I’ve not felt here before. By the end of the meeting yesterday, most of the other staff felt the same way. With a vision and goals like that, I could see staying with the Bike Alliance for a long time.
During the meeting, I doodled. Doodling doesn’t mean I’m not paying attention; during meetings, I either take copious notes (that I never look at again) or doodle, and that helps me listen. It works. Anyway, an all-day meeting means more flying cow pictures.
I drew the first one with this in mind:
It’s a fairly famous advertisement from around 1905, and most bicyclists have seen it at some point. Here’s my doodle. I just wish I could’ve added color to it.
And here are the rest of my doodles.
I like how the shadows turned out in this one so you can see it looks kind of like a sunrise or sunset.
Today I think I’ll play around more with the style of the last one. I like the inside/outside the border aspect of that doodle.