The Documented Life Project continues to have doodling as its over-arching theme and this week participants were encouraged to use doodling as a focal point. The associated quotation was “Coming into Focus”. I, therefore, decided to make my whole art journal page be about the doodles. Rather than doodles being one element among many, the whole drawing would be a mass of doodles. Last week, I took a similar approach but in a colourful way; this week I decided to stick with monochrome. I personally much prefer to doodle in monochrome as it helps me concentrate on creating pattern with line and shape instead of being distracted by colour and hue.
I am still intent on practicing human faces so I determined to draw a figure and to doodle in her hair and clothing. As I have written before, I don’t zen tangle. I am not zen or precise enough. I do, however, find that undertaking this type of doodling is very calming. Something about the focus required is soothing to my mind which is always otherwise racing around, planning and mentally checking off multiple lists. So that is how I fulfilled the focus part of the prompt. It was not about a visual focal point for me but was more about how I benefit from working in such a focused way.
This past weekend, I had my monthly art journalling MeetUp group, which is held at a coffee shop, and I took my 7 year old with me since he is getting into art journalling now too. This drawing, therefore, was created using my travel art kit. Instead of using India ink and a dip pen, therefore, this was done using a black gel pen. I smudged the arm a bit, which was annoying, but otherwise the gel pen was a decent enough substitute for the ink.