It's been a long time since I did a blog post. So I'll just appologize now if this one seems a bit long and winded...
Not long ago, I purchased an iPad and put the drawing app Procreate on it. The plan was... is... to combine my photos with drawing. I dove right in… Procreate, for me, is similar to using Photoshop, using layers and blend modes and many other tools that are found Photoshop, and using the iPad pen is much like using the pen that I use with the Wacom tablet. I was ready to draw…
Or so I thought. My drawings looked so rudimentary and nowhere near a level I remembered my drawing abilities to be…and that’s most likely because those abilities were never really at “that” level. It is easy to follow a tutorial, but coming up with that original idea and putting it on paper (or a tablet) not as much.
One day, while taking a break during work (you know, when you go to check your email and then just do a quick social media check) I came across a reel on IG by tamaramichael_ that demonstrated the benefits of doodling. It got my attention. What if I stop scrolling and do something where I can see a result. I found a small sketchbook which I thought was never used, but as it turns out my son and nephew had sketched cars in it when they were young... that was a cool find! Leaving their sketches untouched I began to doodle on the backside or start a new page. I love the idea that their sketches are a permanent part of my doodle book. Yup, I now doodle.
Honestly I've been doodling for as long as I can remember… I have doodled in notebooks (and on them), on scraps of paper of all sizes, and basically on paper in all its forms. Pretty much, if a pen is in my hand, I doodle. And now my doodling is a bit more high tech. So now instead of checking social while taking a mental break, I really take a mental break, clear my mind, and calm those anxious or racing thoughts by doodling for just a few minutes. It can take a couple breaks to a couple days to finish a page... but the results are so rewarding.
As a bonus doodling regularly is also helping me with drawing. Now I get lots of practice drawing lines and shapes, learning to control my pen and, in short, creating an image. Having taken doodling one step further...I am combining doodling with the photography, which is getting me one step closer to the original goal of combing drawing and photography.
Thanks for checking out my blog. I’m determined to share more content more often, but don’t hold me to that 😉