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Sketchbook pages #1 … “draw, draw, draw!”

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Welcome to my first post of black & white sketches. I draw every night after dinner. It started as a distraction from chronic back pain and it works, so I keep it up. It’s very stream-of-consciousness, nothing is planned out, yet some patterns turn out okay so I might repeat them for awhile.
Back in the day as a graphic artist I used technical pens to create mechanical artboards at work for my pen and ink drawings (Rapidograph, Staedtler and the like). I’d also use those pens for pen & ink drawings. But now, I use a variety of felt-tip or roller-ball pens…they’ve come a long way. I’m a pen-o-holic: I have pens in every room of the house and never leave home without several different styles.
These sketches are in a Moleskine sketchbook measuring 5.25″ x 8.25″ (13.3 cm x 21 cm).

I’m hooked on drawing these doodles in the evening if watching tv. Which is a good thing… WAY back in art school one of my instructors wrote some great advice in one of my sketchbooks, and I still have it all these years later. It reads:

“draw, draw, draw!”


Do you sketch, doodle, paint or draw? {please post a link to your site in the comments section!}

© deb davies thorkelson

Check out my 2nd post of Sketchbook doodles here.

About these photos:

Step 1: I photographed my sketchbook pages with my iPhone 3
Step 2: Then I converted each image to black & white (on my iPhone) using Camerabag’s “1962” filter. I did this to brighten up the photos, as the Moleskine paper has a yellow cast to it that photographed quite dark in the light that was available.
Step 3: I added a #5 border from the Snapseed iPhone app. This border is actually a pretty close representation of the original paper colour.

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  1. Love the drawings. Sorry to hear about your back. (I know what you feel. Hence the origin of “pain in the…”
    🙂
    Does drawing help? If so, I’ll start immediately!
    🙂
    Take care
    Brian

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    • Hi Brian; Thank you for liking my drawings, and YES drawing helps my pain immensely. It re-focuses my energy in some crazy, magical way. I draw just about every night. Try it. And don’t worry about “what” to draw… just put your pen/pencil down onto the paper and relax. Good luck… 🙂

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  2. Another pen-o-holic 🙂 I never got to buy the advanced pens – I can’t sketch, although I *want* to, lol! So I couldn’t justify the expense. Your designs are amazing! Love them 🙂

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  3. These are wonderful – your journey in fluid line and form. I could see these beautiful works along with your beautiful words on cards to be shared with others who are unwell. Your words and images could uplift many…
    AnnMarie 🙂

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    • Thank you so much – I plan to post new sketchbook pages monthly. I photograph the pages with my iPhone and use a couple different filter apps to improve on the effects of the warm lighting conditions in my living room and to add borders. I appreciate your comment.

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