Artist Tip #24 – First new drawing in seven weeks time and why that’s OK

Fabriano Quadrato Drawing by Artist Jessica Doyle

Ever feel like you lost your mojo? Or that everything else was strangling you for your attention?

It’s amazing what happens when your life takes turns that you weren’t prepared for, or for that matter, even wanting. Needless to say I’m happy these days and back in the studio working full-time again. While it’s easy to worry when one week turns into seven weeks without even picking up a pen to doodle with, simply realize that it’s just your brain saying give me a break and to go and do other things and that when you come back to your passion, it will still be there. And further more, when you do return, you’ll likely feel inspired from the time you took off and by the things you did do during that period of time.

The creative process isn’t about who can produce or sell the most within a set amount of time… it’s more akin to an apple tree growing and cycling through the four changing seasons. Every year you’ll find yourself experiencing different weather systems and people that will come, go or stay in your life.

This little mandala like anemone was drawn with a sepia toned Faber Castell Pitt Artist pen and Prismacolor Veritihin coloured pencils inside a 9×9 inch Fabriano Quadrato multi-coloured journal. Click the image above for a larger version.

And after you’ve doodled for a bit you’ll soon find yourself craving to draw more complicated pieces. I’ve always likened drawing to riding a bicycle. You may get rusty but as soon as you begin peddling doodling again the colours and ideas will appear.

artist Jessica Doyle holding an illustration

I’ll be peeling the tape off of that one tonight. I’ll share the scans of it later this week.

Anyhow, wishing you all the best today and do take a peek at this new page on my blog!

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15 thoughts on “Artist Tip #24 – First new drawing in seven weeks time and why that’s OK

  1. Wow. Beautiful work. You have a unique style and I really love it. Is it possible to grab your work from start to finish on a video? This will help us in understanding your unique style.
    Thanks and keep up the good work.

  2. I’m hoping soon to be able to share video’s of myself creating.

    Thnak you for the kind words.

  3. Thank you so much for this post; between tax prep and baby care and all kinds of other demands, I also haven’t picked up a pen even to doodle with, except once in the past few weeks, and even though I have managed to get other things business/art-related done, I still have felt terribly guilty. So I appreciate your openness.

    On a different note, may I ask what scanner you have and use? I haven’t been able to find anything larger than A4 sized that costs less than a few thousand dollars, so I am looking for recommendations.

  4. What an interesting way to look at what we artists experience… “seasonal changes”. Are those similar to hormonal changes? LOL

    I’m definitely feeling lackluster about doing anything remotely creative, and when I kick myself in the butt to “get working”, it makes me feel terrible.
    Why should we force ourselves to be creative? Duh, it’s our “job” to do the work… but shouldn’t we also enjoy what we’re doing?

    Seven weeks may feel like a looong time to remain in limbo… but you’re absolutely right, it’s not a contest; everyone needs a break! Especially an emotional break… because worrying causes a huge build up of stress that dampens the creative spirit.

    You’re definitely blooming now! ;)

  5. Alison, At the moment I’m using a small Pixma MP130 scanner as my old AGFA died. When I scan larger items I have to scan them in sections and then piece them together. someday I hope to own a camera that can take high rez photos instead.

    When and if you find a decently priced larger scanner do let me know as I’d love to buy one too.

  6. Tara! Haha! Definitely hormonal for me. My thyroid gland is messed up.

    Yes, it’s about being happy but it’s also about business and i’m working hard on hiring people to do the business aspect of this so that I can concentrate on the creative part.

    Hopefully my hypothyroidism is all good now. The meds seem to be working :)

  7. Jessica, that’s what I do, too. The piecing together.

    I’ll let you know if I ever find that scanner. I’m a bit discouraged. A large format printer was much easier to find than a large format scanner.

  8. I’m looking to hopefully purchase a Nikon D7000 or something thereabouts that can take the shots needs to produce large format prints. I’ve paid to have a few of my pieces photographed in this way and they can now be printed at 48 by 48 inches!

    Glad I’m not alone in my piecing together.

    Scanners are mega expensive these days while cameras are cheaper. All you’d need is a good stand for photographing with.

  9. ******The creative process isn’t about who can produce or sell the most within a set amount of time… it’s more akin to an apple tree growing and cycling through the four changing seasons. Every year you’ll find yourself experiencing different weather systems and people that will come, go or stay in your life.*******

    I LOVE this. Love it!

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