Sketchbook #2

posted, 09/16/06

This was a black and white line drawing I had scanned from one of my idea books, and turned into a color drawing using Paintnet. I guess what I am really doing is using several different types of mediums now when I doodle.

I have often talked about how important it is to doodle if you are in a creative field or endeavor.Doodling switches me into a total different mindset, and I’ve noticed the more I doodle-or if my doodling gets real intense-a lot of ideas begin to flow, and flow fast they do.

What’s really fun; especially when it’s late . . . like right now as I post this. Is that the World seems so quiet I can go with that quiet for one kind of thought process/ solution finder, or I can go totally opposite. Put on the headphones, crank up the music, and let it just rip.

I have actually reached the point where I can watch my right arm draw-very weird to watch. It’s like there is some sort of dis-attachment between mind and body. I guess it’s what some would call being in the zone. Heck-in my case it may be me out of the zone.

So I think that the doodling thing . . . is good. for many reasons:

  • To kill time.
  • To start the creative process.
  • To warm up for actual rendering/design work.
  • To find solutions in a quick, stress-free way.
  • To aggravate teachers (yes I was one of those).
  • Work with different tools . . . as in no pressure to draw with the pen/marker that a final drawing will be completed with.
  • Impress people who can only draw stick men and circle trees . . .

So there you have it, get busy doodling, it’s only 10 till 3:00 AM my time.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

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