Drawing, sketching, doodling

Ever since I’ve worked in an office I’ve always had plenty of scratch paper around. Paper that would normally get recycled or thrown out I collect and then cut down into quarters for scratch paper. I have a thing for this paper. Even though I pretty much carry a sketchbook or cahier with me everywhere, I still find myself hoarding this scrap paper like it’s some hot commodity. On any given day you can probably find several of these pieces of paper randomly in my purse. I write notes to myself and compose to-do lists on scraps. I also like making little staple books and fill the pages with drawings, sketches and doodles and random quick artwork. I realized I haven’t done that in a while so a few weeks ago I figured if I drew one page every day I’d have a nice little book when it was done.

The little book is finally complete and so I thought it would be fun to create a little animated gif leafing through it.
P.S. I think this completes my goal for 5 animated gifs.


Below are some of the still frames so you can see more detail

Meanwhile, when I was doing a page everyday in my little staple book I started noticing other people sketching, doodles and drawing as well.

During August Anika (from aisforanika) started posting a doodle a day on instagram. This month she is doing a pattern everyday. Follower her on instagram (aisforanika)

While doodling I started thinking about Danny Gregory and how he advocates drawing every day. I hadn’t thought about it for a while, but there’s a long list of things to draw everyday, inspired by his book Everyday matters. You can see the list here, and #1 is to draw a shoe. Naturally one of the pages in my little scratchbook is my shoe.

Blair Stocker is participating in a group blog with her family where they upload their sketchbook pages everyday.

Summer Pierre decided to do one of her One Page Stories everyday for 100 days. Yes. ONE HUNDRED DAYS! She’s on day 11 and I’m enjoying them so much.

Then, inspired by Summer’s commitment and (I suspect) not to be shown up by Summer ;) dear friend Rosa Murillo is now doing a drawing everyday for 100 days as well! I’m in heaven.

Then earlier this week Silvia Chenault posted this BEAUTIFUL and COLORFUL drawing from her sketchbook using prisma markers. It was perfect because I too had just splurged and bought prisma markers in a variety of colors. I had been using the gray markers on the first few pages and then wanted to add color. I’m always inspired by Silvia.


Hi, I'm Robyn and I was Hatched from a Kinder Surprise Egg. Graphic Designer by day, Maker of things by night. I have worked as a graphic artist professionally since I was 16 years old. Went on to get my Bachelors of Art from NIU. I like to share my Artwork online at flickr.com/photos/robayre and on my own personal website http://www.robayre.com. I also have an online shop http://www.robayre.etsy.com where you can find more of my "crafty" sorts of things, as well as a random piece of artwork here and there. Oh, and I'm also an occasional contributor to Artomat (artomat.org).

8 thoughts on “Drawing, sketching, doodling

  1. Awesome post. I love your book. It’s beautiful and a great idea. So simple to do. My son will love this. Also, I love seeing your inspiration. Other artists are my greatest source of inspiration, too. You always inspire me. :) xo

  2. oh my gosh! wow, thanks Robyn. I LOVE your booklet, everything about is pure awesomeness. I love the animation also,
    thanks for mentioning my drawings, I am learning so much from doing this.
    show us MORE!!

  3. This is so great! Thanks so much for including me in this fine collection. Doing a doodle a day is a new thing for me, so it’s nice to know it made an impression. :) I have a lot of fun with it, and I started my pattern a day in a little handmade sketchbook (by Beverly Ealdama) for the same reason as you–by the end of the month, I’ll have a nice little book/collection!

    Looking forward to checking out all the other artists and links!

  4. Oh, wow – beautiful job! I especially love the shoe next to the geometric page – what a nice pair! I can totally appreciate the doodle-a-day idea, now that I’ve been doing it for the last almost-2 months. It really helps to think outside of the norm, and that’s just what I need. Keep it up – I hope you make a whole collection of little art books!

  5. This is such a great idea! I am always doodling and I know it is rare I’ll turn my doodles into larger pieces of art so I hate to see them get tossed. I like the idea of binding them into a book.
    I just discovered your blog! I kept looking through the blogs on your profile and after being sad they weren’t updated I realized you were blogging here. I just learned about the internet, too, apparently.( :

  6. That gif completes my soul. I love your art on paper. I wish you would do more and show more of it. No offense to your things that are sewn. because those are great too. just saying. lol =P

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