How Creative Habits Can Become Second Nature


Last week I noticed that drawing every single day got me thinking ahead to future daily drawing projects that I might want to start when this one is finished.

Since then, I’ve tried to avoid getting carried away with over thinking things and have just been taking things one day, and one drawing, at a time. And I’ve noticed something else happening this week more “How Creative Habits Can Become Second Nature”

Colourful Doodles on a Slow Day

DOuble page spread in sketchbook solid coloured circles

Yesterday was one of those days that started out OK but it quickly became apparent that I didn’t have as much energy floating around as I thought. So after a quick trip to the shops and railway station I came home and put my feet up for the whole afternoon.

I could have got myself up to date with Boot Kamp but I actually felt like doodling so I went with that instead, while I watched a film.

I kept going with this one for most of the evening and put the finishing touches to it when I got up this morning.

I’m still trying to decide whether it’s finished or if I want to add some black line work to it. I’m tempted to just leave this one as it is and maybe do black line work on a future page.

This is a double page spread in my A5 Leuchtturm sketchbook, using Staedtler felt tip pens. The Lecuhtturm works really well with pens because the paper’s so smooth and really thick so there’s no bleed through.

Flower Doodles

Black line drawings of flowers

Unlike yesterday, this definitely is a page from my sketchbook that I’ve not posted on here before!

Another artist whose work I like is Lisa Congdon. This page is one of a few in my current sketchbook that was inspired by her work.

Although I really enjoy drawing from observation and illustrating things from my everyday life, now and again I fancy doing something a bit different. This is the kind of drawing that I can do while watching a TV programme so it’s great for winter evenings or days when I’m tired but still want to draw something.

Like any kind of drawing, not every one turns out perfectly, as you can see here, but it’s just another way that I get my pen to paper sometimes.