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Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.

I love drawing, it’s one of my favorite things to do. Some drawings take longer than others and never feel finished. This drawing of Jabba The Hutt flew from my pen like a bird flying home. The pen strokes are scratchy and the markers were going dry. But I enjoyed every second of this piece.

  • Pencil: Lumograph Drawing Pencil HB
  • Pens: Sakura Gelly Roll Classic Gel Pen (White)
  • Markers: Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers
  • Fortune cookie: Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.

Drawing with markers and pens.

Star Wars

I’ve been drawing digitally now for almost eight years. In 2017 I was given a 12.9-inch iPad Pro as a birthday gift from my wife. The iPad Pro and the app ProCreate changed my whole approach to drawing. I love every minute of the process. However, over the past few weeks, I’ve reconnected drawing in notebooks and art pads using markers and pens. These drawings turned out to be the beginning of a series of sketches that reminded me of how much I missed drawing with markets and pens. Moving forward, I’m going to find a balance between drawing traditionally and digitally.

This one drawing starting me down an unexpected path.

Jawa

Six and half years ago, I attended the Future of Web Design conference in NYC. The conference provided a swag bag to the attendees that included a small notebook for taking notes. I never used it for taking notes and had it in a drawer all these years. I hadn’t drawn much in 2020 and didn’t want that to happen again in the new year. On January 1, 2021, I decided to use this notebook to sketch anything I wanted. I began drawing random faces, a standard warm-up of mine but ended up drawing a Jawa from Star Wars IV A New Hope. The goal was to draw quickly, 10-30 minutes, and not be too precious with these drawings. Using this random notebook and not a sharp-looking, high-end sketchpad allowed me to be free and avoided the roadblock of perfectionism. There’s something about a new art pad that can be intimidating. There’s a thought that I haven’t ruined it yet with a bunch of bad drawings. What I realized is that it’s better to have a pad fill with bad drawings than no drawings at all. Drawing brings joy into my life. It’s where I go to rest, meditate and recharge. I shared this thought on Instagram with a video of me flipping through the notebook. Regardless of good or bad, the practice of drawing regularly provides you the opportunity to improve your art. Using a notebook that I didn’t care about helped to eliminate the roadblock of perfectionism. It allowed me to be productive and created a series of drawings that brought me joy.