On Scribbling: Artist Kindling Letter From MrJayMyers

March 13, 2017By jay13 Commitments, art, Blog, children's books, Children's tales, Encouragement, inking, stories, children's tales, comics, children's books,, Recommended Tools, Writing

Welcome to your new week. It’s time to get ready to sketch a lot, but…

If you’ve been having trouble with inspiration, if nothing seems to gel just right, if your tired and can’t make the ideas happen, I have the cure for you and it only costs $19.95. Act now, and I will throw in a complete set of inspiration goggles and socks (for a limited time only).

Some weeks this is what we hope for—some easy, inexpensive, quick cure all to our inspiration blues. Unfortunately, (and fortunately) it doesn’t happen that way. Just like inspiration will often strike after we show up, open our sketchbooks, and start the work, so too, scribbling can force our hands and minds to open idea doors we wouldn’t have thought to try.

Scribbles are at times the best way to overcome a deep lack of inspiration. While these can be done in a sketchbook they don’t need to be. The difference between just sketching and scribbles is that we haven’t a clue what we’re doing. We’re doodling with no forethought and often just letting our hand run across the page or all over the page. The action is that we’re just scribbling, on a page, and keep watching until something emerges (Ignore the duck, the duck always appears in the scribble, scribble past the duck—there’s something like four ducks in the scribble above, ignore them :) ).

These days, I don’t scribble often, but when I am at the bottom of the inspiration food chain and nothing is moving me, I am committed to scribbling. Why? Because when I was still getting back into drawing and couldn’t always “see” these were a life source. Even now they have helped me out more times than not. Scribble, discover. Turn the page sideways, look at it upside down, then scribble, discover. These musings typically won’t be things we finish nor our finest work, that’s not their purpose. They will, however, cause us to see things. (Things we wouldn’t have seen before. In the scribble above, see how many things you can find. I’ve found a few.)

The scribblings of any… child clearly indicates how thoroughly immersed he is in the sensation of moving his hand and crayon aimlessly over a surface, depositing a line in his path. There must be some quality of magic in this alone.  — Edward Hill

Scribbling isn’t beneath us. It’s how we learned to draw in the first place. Scribbling pulls us back to those creative times before we had an inkling of what we were doing. So, commit to scribbling with pride and look for the hidden things in your art. It’ll be worth it.

Here’s how we put it in Thirteen Commitments for Artists to Cultivate Inspiration: “I commit to scribbling, believing creating something important will not always begin with me knowing or understanding it, but rather simply with beginning.” Get your free copy of our one page PDF Thirteen Commitments for Artists to Cultivate Inspiration here.

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Sketchbooks

Last week, I shared the book: Drawing Ideas: A Hand-Drawn Approach for Better Design and shared how it has a section on making sketchbooks. Here’s me and mine beginning their sketchbooks. It’s an easy process that will aid them in the years to come.

 

 

 


Have a great week everyone. Create, be happy, create more,

Jay

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Jay Myers: Curtesy of Raynna Myers

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