In Context—I’ll Sketch On Any Bit of PaperSeptember 8, 2017
I suppose you could call it a doodle, but I think of it as a sketch.
It isn’t in my journal, it’s in my day planner, which sits beside me on the computer table.
One of my students alerted me to a new Peregrine nest cam and I turned it on. I grabbed what was next to me—it was either yellow legal pads or my desk calendar. (Now you understand why I’m always sketching on legal pads—they are all over the house.) There is a table at my side where there were watercolors and brush…
When I sketch from the nest cams I don’t stop the action. I like to pretend I’m “right there.” Sometimes in one sketching session I’ll have multiple sketches running along the bottom of the entire week as I capture the birds’ movements.
Ten minutes of sketching makes for a great break before you get back to work. On this day it also helped wake me up! My allergist had recommended a new allergy med for me and I couldn’t keep my eyes open. This sketch helped snap me out of it.
I recommend sketching whenever you need to shift your energy—it helps you focus, reenergizes you, and it’s rather fun to look through your day planners from past years and see the sketches. It provides additional context for your work day.
Take a moment and sketch something right now! You pen stand, Your desk lamp. A piece of memorabilia you have near by. Don’t worry if you make the perfect sketch, just get something down on paper and let yourself feel the energy shift.