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What would you like to learn from me? 

1,275 deviants said How to ink
1,146 deviants said How to sketch ideas
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Most of the excuses for not drawing is lacking of ideas. On part 1 of this journal I explained why I find it useful to keep a notebook with you, and to write down your ideas whenever possible. 

This second part is about developing the habit of drawing. Hope you find it useful! 

:bulletblue:Create the habit of drawing:bulletblue:

First thing to know about creating new habits is that it works kinda like inertia law:

"An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion."

Which means that the more you postpone your drawings the more you'll feel like delaying them. This procrastination abyss can be endless. For instance, I didn't draw anything in 2013 until the end of August when I bought my first Moleskine.

However the opposite is true. The more you draw and get your stuff done the more you'll feel like keeping up the work flow.

where do I even start?!

:bulletblue:"Breaking the Ice" is often the hardest part of overcoming procrastination habit.  Just get it started! 
Draw something basic just to warm up, start with a drawing study or a character that you're familiar with. 

:bulletblue:Set a timer for, let's say, 5 minutes, and get to work. It's only 5 minutes, it can't hurt right? 
Stop when the alarm sounds —  if you feel like it. You can increase those first 5 min. to 10, then 15 and so on : D

:bulletblue:Are you a morning person or a night walker?

New aCanvas copy by 365-DaysOfDoodlesNew Canvas copy by 365-DaysOfDoodles

depiction of a morning person     depiction of a night person

Knowing your natural energy patterns may be quite useful when beating procrastination. Yeah, it's usually better if you go to sleep early and wake up early, you probably heard that a lot of times 
— but that doesn't work for me, personally speaking. I love to work at late night xD 

As you have a sleep pattern you also have a productive pattern. Hit the most challenging projects when you're feeling more efficient.

:bulletblue:Break the project into a set of smaller, more manageable tasks. 
Start with some quick, small tasks if you can.

You'll feel that you're achieving things, and so perhaps the whole project won't be so overwhelming after all.

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On my doodles, I always go from the easiest part to the hardest/detailed part.

If you have any questions about any of the topics let me know on the comments! 

That's all for now guys, thank you so much for the support. Also, thank you anyone and everyone who voted/commented on my recent poll. It'll guide my future tutorials regarding drawings. 8)



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Frequently Asked Questions

:bulletblue:Do you sketch first or do you draw entirely with pens?
I always make a pencil sketch first. Only then I add ink.
:bulletblue:What are the sizes of your notebook?
I draw on a 9X14 cm Moleskine, acid-free paper
:bulletblue:What tools do you draw with?
I draw with pencils for sketch and ink with Staedtler ink pens.
:bulletblue:How are your blacks so even?
Firstly, I ink everything traditionally. I've been doing the coloring part digitally. After everything is done I increase contrast levels at Photoshop CS3.


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RESOe Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Loving your views on procrastination, I've written that quote down and now have it stuck firmly in front of my computer screen to remind me to get off my ass and start something:P
ArtKosh Featured By Owner 8 hours ago   Traditional Artist
You are my hero! :thumbsup:
ArishaDarkling Featured By Owner 9 hours ago
GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!! Stop being so amazing and talented and everything!!!! I just love it all so much T_______T <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Thefanfreakers Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry if this is a bother, but I have a question that has been bugging me for quite some time: What type of notebook do you use? 

The only thing I can think of is the line-less moleskin hardcovers, which I have great difficulty finding. Instead I have been using heavy weighted paper moleskins, but the outcome is not nearly as nice. 

Am I correct that you use moleskin? :P
honeyslittlegurl Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  New member
excuse me sir, but after 365 days are you going to stop making art because if are I'd be terribly sadRacing Girl Emoji (You meanie) [V2] 
silicon-sara Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This dA account is an inspiration.  A testament to the 'little by little' quotes seen everywhere.  That if you at least just -start- then beautiful and wonderful things will come in.  

Having ADD/ADHD doesn't make that easy at all, but this account is a great reminder that it can be done if I really try.  

Thank you Gabriel!

(And your recent 'beat procrastination' journal posts follow the same guidelines for adults who have ADD/ADHD.  Glad you translated it for how to start drawing and actually -showing- the practical things.  Worth its weight in gold.)
ProudPiratePrincess Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. You're an amazing artist! Thanks for sharing your work! WOW :3 
alyaafrn Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist Artist
Your work are amazing! Keep it up!! :D
Alexissnowwhite Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Filmographer
do you always draw the day picture on that day or couple of days before? sorry if that doesn't make sense Um Emote - Shy Wave 01 
Grawey211 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
What type of paper doesn't let ink sink through the other side?
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