A Doodle a Day: Part VI

Sometimes writing in my journal feels too much like work, so I turn to my storyboard Moleskine and doodle instead – it’s never difficult to fill a simple little rectangle with something that comes to mind. I never try to read too much into what comes out on the page and you shouldn’t either. I have to admit that some of  this latest batch is influenced by Graham McCallum’s book “400 Art Deco Motifs“, which is a recent source of inspiration.

Research tells us that “doodling improves concentration” so we should all do more of it.

The world is not enough.
Boxed Bird
Fife and Drum
Background
Surprised Horse

 

Devon Coast

Want more? Here is a link to my other doodle postings.

A Doodle A Day Part V

I have kept journals since I was about 15 years old and they have always provided a rich fermentation of ideas that has fueled various creative projects over the years. Earlier this year I found things getting a bit stale (as they do periodically) and I switched to producing a “doodle a day” instead of expecting myself to write (they now have their own Flickr Set). This is now an occasional activity rather than a daily one but since I try to do something visual on this blog at the weekends, here are a few of the more recent doodles.

Maze
Nature Vs. Nurture
Dive
Abandon Ship
Hanging Gardens
Hanging Gardens?

A Doodle A Day Part IV

My “doodle a day” journaling has dwindled to more like “a couple of doodles a week” lately but each of the pictures below represents a few moments of reflection and unhurried leisure time. As usual I do not advise trying to read too much into them, they are only doodles after all!

Drawing Pin
You cannot tell things to stop growing.
This is a fragment from an idea for a story yet to be written but soon to appear at http://www.bordersofsleep.com
I don't recall if anyone ever asked Helen if she preferred Sparta or Troy.

 

A Doodle A Day Part III

This wasn’t intended to turn into a regular feature of the blog but it seems to have been popular so here are some doodles from thelast week:

I think this might be my inner troubador.
What shape are the planets in your universe?
I have always felt a strange affinity for the white rook. Now you know this you will probably be able to beat me at chess.
Departures
Waiting has become a habit that's hard to break.
One of the things I miss most about the South of England

Previous doodle posts:

A Doodle a Day Part I

A Doodle a Day Part II

A Doodle A Day Part II

I have been trying a new way of keeping a journal using the lovely little “storyboard” notebook by Moleskine. The idea is simply to fill a frame a day with some little sketch. This really works well for me because I am not a great drawer but I do enjoy doodling and the challenge of filling a 5x7cm box is well within my reach.

Musica Universalis
What does it do?
If it wasn't for the lighthouse, where would my life be?
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern

A Doodle A Day Part I

Recently I have been trying a new way of keeping a journal using the lovely little “storyboard” notebook by Moleskine. The idea is simply to fill a frame a day with some little sketch. This really works well for me because I am not a great drawer but I do enjoy doodling and the challenge of filling a 5x7cm box is well within my reach.

When I showed this to a friend he said, "it's Seattle". Maybe it is. I have never been there.
A polar bear looks at the moon and wonders how much longer the ice caps are going to be around for.
I set out to draw a freehand mandala and it blossomed into a flower.
This came about while I was sitting under a tree waiting for our broken-down car to be recovered.
This is my memory of a spot on the river Thames where I used to live, perhaps my most beloved spot on the planet.