I am officially all about the random Something To Draw photos again. It’s funny how easy it is to fall back into the old routine. That website is just such a great source of both ideas and reference photos though. I did have at least some idea of what I wanted to draw today though. I wanted to draw an animal. Luckily there’s a filter for that. It’s very convenient. I believe I actually ended up choosing the first animal photo that got generated. Usually I have to go through a couple before I find one that I like but today I got lucky. This gorilla was just asking to be a charcoal sketch. The reference photo that I used was submitted by Divci Kamen. There’s some lovely artwork on her flickr page too.
Most of the random doodles I did for today were done at work and I did not take photos of any of them, nor did I save them. Some of my coworkers just started a doodle page on break and I contributed a few silly doodles. I’m not sure what happened to the page afterwards. It is really nice to be just drawing for fun again though. If there’s one thing I want to take away from this whole experience it’s the confidence to just draw, even if the results are quite bad. I mean I definitely would love to learn to actually draw well and that’s part of what I’m working on. Somehow though, knowing that I can draw relatively well when I take the proper time and use references seems to give me more confidence to draw badly. It’s a strange bit of logic but somehow just being able to draw badly without feeling like that’s the best I can possibly do sometimes means more to me than actually being able to produce something worth looking at does. I’m not sure if that makes any sense or not.
I suppose the takeaway there is that I’m glad that I’ve been doodling more lately and I intend to keep going with it. To prove that point, I did a couple more ink doodles while I was waiting for my husband. The flower is a bit like the silly doodles that I was doing at work, though I also drew a lot of silly faces at work. The other one was just messing around and seeing where the pen world take me. It’s nice to do a completely unstructured doodle for a change. I should do more of those.