phoebeswonderland asked: Do you note down gradual ideas for your daily doodles or is each created spontaneously? :)
I have what I call my “idea pads”, and they’re just regular ol’ notepads that I write down every idea in… whether it’s an idea for an image (perhaps with no context, just a visual at that point), a line in a poem, a story idea, a line of dialogue, a single WORD, it doesn’t matter… anything can turn into a finished thingy really!
I even keep an idea pad with me when I sleep, because ideas will randomly pop in my head, and I will absolutely, guaranteedly, definitely forget it if I don’t write it down. The ideas come and go quickly.
When I sit down to work, I’ll open up my Idea Pad(s) and then see what ideas sound the best to me that day. I also often meditate, to let my brain float around and see what ideas it trips over (I don’t always do that, but it’s a good solution for if I feel stuck).
Here’s what my collection of Idea Pads looks like—
The pad in the upper right is my first Idea Pad, and it lost it’s green cover long ago. Most of the ideas in that one are bad, and I tend to not look in it much.
In the lower right is a sketch pad, where I sometimes do a test sketch of a drawing. You can see some lil’ monsters on the page I’m showing, and I’ll likely make them into a dancing GIF sometime.
The red Idea Pad is my second one, and I still look into it pretty often. It’s falling apart though, and I got pages held together with paperclips.
On the left, the yellow Idea Pad, is my current one that I am filling up. I like to have each Idea Pad be a different colour, if I can. Here is a random page, to show you what an Idea Pad looks like on the inside—
I usually do ‘test sketches’ on the left, and ideas on the right, though I doodle all over every page with silly faces or whatever. You can see the origin of a few ideas I actually used on this page, such as The Sea of Dead Children and 7 Days a Week. Most of the ideas I write down I won’t actually use, BUT they often lead to ideas I will use someday, so it’s okay.
The pink Idea Pad on the top is reserved for a not-so-super-duper-secret project: my first illustrated book, “The Last Girl on Earth”! I’ve been focusing a lot on that lately, and hope to finish within a few months. If I do a Kickstarter like I plan to do, I’d likely include a reprint of the entire Idea Pad for the book as one of the gifts to give to people who donate.
(“The Last Girl on Earth”, is set in the near post-apocalyptic future, and is about a 9 year old girl who LOVES the post-apocalypse, loves killing mutants and scavenging for air and supplies, and thinks anyone who makes a big deal out of it is a whiny baby. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the gist of it. There’ll be more posts about it as I continue on the project! It’ll basically be a “Daily Doodles”-ish story, stretched out for 20-sumthin’ pages. Fully illustrated, etc etc… I hope everyone ends up enjoying it!)
SO YEAH! To answer your question, Phoebe, I jot each idea down and use them for my Daily Doodles, though if I get a spontaneous idea that I like better, I go with whatever I think is best :-)
Have a good weekend everyone!
—David Michael Chandler
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