Often a doodle can achieve a relaxed spontaneity that can’t be planned or forced. Drawings just grow at their own pace, the mind is mesmerised by the process, it’s a form of meditation. Drawings appear that, were I to attempt as a professional job, I’d be gnashing my teeth to get right, fussing, worrying about deadline and otherwise stressing myself out.
That’s why it’s so important for illustrators to sketch and doodle, to loosen the creative juices, let drawings flow, purely for our own pleasure.
Here’s one such contemplative doodle from New Year, once more on a long cross-country train. Daughter said “draw me a Princess, with a doggie”. So this was for her…