I don’t really notice how much I use the internet but I do, all the time. What does this mean? How big is that? where are these? Who is that? what do they do? All of these things have become instantly answered by a quick google. So whilst it was a relief not to have the pressure of emails and social media obligations, I missed not knowing the answer to STUFF!
I have a large pile of paper strips (which I get free!) they sat on my table top for ages until I came up with a cunning plan to use them for my daily sketch book doodles.
Snorkelling Dogs- Yay.
I try to spend 20 minutes or so just doodling or sketching to start my day. I don’t usually have any particular plan but the long strips of paper certainly do lend themselves to a daily doodle. I have found, increasingly, that I prefer to leave my sketch book on the side and use loose bits of paper. Somehow paper bound into a book seems restrictive.
The other thing about using a long strip is it lends itself to telling a story. I love to create movement in the images and then add a full stop or exclamation mark. Of course I add in a bit of what makes me laugh too.
I cant recommend enough taking the time for a sketch book doodle or two before you start your day.
I usually draw with a pen and ink, although on some of these strips I have to use a fine liner as the paper bleeds too much with the ink. Occasionally I might redraw, especially the ones I like but have made a mistake (not mistake: a bit I don’t think sits well on the page). However I do think that, often, its the spontaneous drawings which work the best with me. I can find myself getting a bit tight when I revisit things, although its good practice to revisit, revise and reconsider.
With these drawings I have scanned them into photoshop and then added monotype textures behind the inked image to create a slightly different effect. I realise that the fashion is the flat photoshopped chalky colours but I like the interest and random character my prints give to my ink images.
This daily strip sketch book doodle transformed using photoshop and my monotypes. I love doing my daily sketch strips…if nothing else : They make me laugh. This cat is Ginger cat. My cat. I cant say I have ever seen him actually sitting on a wire nor, for that matter have I seen birds doing handstands. … but thats the great thing about being an illustrator….brilliant things go on in my head and squiggly birds and balancing cats feature often.