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How to beat procrastination (part 1)

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 12:48 AM
As I said on a previous submission, I'm planning to make some tutorials on the upcoming December. Before that, however, I feel like I can help on another subject, which comes before even starting your drawing: Procrastination. I mean, procrastination towards your own drawings.

If you're not familiar with this word:

pro-cras-ti-na-tion |prəˌkrastəˈnāSHən, prō-|


"the action of delaying or postponing something."

  Black2 Cat Copy by 365-DaysOfDoodles
Why am I talking about this?

Well, a year ago I used to be a professional procrastinator. I've imposed the 365 Days of Doodles challenge to myself for this particular reason.

While procrastination is to some degree a natural phenomenon and can’t be completely eradicated, you can use the following strategies to get in the habit of getting drawings done.

Mind that these are not golden rules or such, just strategies that work for me. You may as well develop your own. c:

:bulletblue::bulletblue:Make Lists!:bulletblue::bulletblue:

Throughout the year, the thing I heard the most was probably this:

Black Cat Copy by 365-DaysOfDoodles

Make lists of ideas. Write down those random daydreams that pop into your mind. Write down those utterly creative reflections that come right before you fall asleep. Keep a notebook with you or a note app on your smartphone. Just make
sure to write all your ideas. All. Of. Them.


Even silly ideas may become terrific artworks if given some thought. If they aren't "ready" to be put into a drawing, just leave them there until you can make something out of them.

You may not use the raw idea you had written but that's okay, you can eventually mix it with another idea and draw something interesting enough.

2014-11-17 19.11 by 365-DaysOfDoodles

This kind of list not only serve as a recording of ideas that would otherwise be wasted but helps you envision what needs to happen (as if your list of ideas was a "to-do-list"). Visually you'll have a prompt and mentally you'll have a reminder.

*I split the post in parts because it was getting too long. Also, my finals are coming and I have some serious procrastination to do hahah. Cx

** You were probably procrastinating something when you read this journal.


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Gabriel Picolo

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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vitubf Featured By Owner 1 minute ago  Student Digital Artist
Muito bom, suas artes são otimas!Bonnie Warfstache 
Light-Rock Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Você é demais cara! Uma meta digna para transpor!Time to haul ass out of here! 
Espero poder fazer uma peça de arte todo dia também!                 :work:
sevenfivefive Featured By Owner 6 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
if i can be so talented like u, i would like to smash my hand into a papers and draw everything like u ... T_T ur awesome , and good luck~~
damgdude Featured By Owner 15 hours ago
Saying you are awesomely talented or something similar doesn't make you justice... YOU ROCK!!!!!

FrenchAlpina Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist
I love your arts...they are so beautifulMeow :3 
GalacticGoose Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Student Digital Artist
My New Years resolution is to accomplish what you have! Love your art so much btw! Oh my god...I just had the best idea! You should make a majoras mask doodle! Or a Harley Quinn one, ohmahgod yes
Scintede Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Student General Artist
Wow....this is proof of inhuman dedication..Shocked
Hat's off to you! I think every artist would benefit immensely by just trying to do what you have spectacularly finished here(almost)Thumbs Up 
CelineSIMONI Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
Great and nice project ! Close to the end ;) congratulation, and good luck for the 65 last one ;)
mulbe Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist
hi! I'm watching your activity almost since the beginning of the year and seeing your new work every morning makes me happy and wanting to fight against procrastination :D I really really love all of your artworks and admire you for your persistence :) you, your "doodles" and progress you've done are very inspiring, Gabriel, and I hope (although I'm quite sure;)) the 31st December won't be the end but rather the great continuation or beginning of something new:) greetings and thanks for sharing your amazing work 
excited happy 
mysticagirl Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally fell in love with your art!!!! Keep up the good work!!! :D
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