Short version: Drawing helps me to have better thoughts.
You don’t do that every day, but when it happen.. you’re glad it did happen.
I mean being in a kind of flow (?)where ideas are streaming hugely fast out of your mind. You search frantically something to express them.
The pen at the end of your hands merely become the messenger of your thoughts. You can’t draw fast enough and don’t want the process to stop.
At some stage I thought voodoo: it looks like it happens when I got a new pen and/or new notebook. So I’m buying new pen and notepads all the times.
I don’t believe in voodoo stuff anymore, it’s too painful: you don’t and can’t understand what’s happening.
However I believe the context of our thoughts is as important as our thoughts themselves (and the ones that will lead our actions).
Sometimes, when the sparks illuminate my brain, I’m still learning to catch them because it usually never happen again, ever.
That’s why the act of recording (drawing, writing, taking pictures, filming, recording sounds/discussions, etc.) is important to me.
And from all those “recording tools”, the one which works the best is drawing. It really helps to get me “in the zone”. Much more than writing.
Here is a series of pages I was – spontaneously and naturally – drawing in early 2007 after I bought a new caligraphy fountain pen and a new Moleskine notebook (voodoo bouh!).
I admit the result looks too contrived but it didn’t take long to draw (about half an hour, which is still slow to get in the zone .
I do not attempt to communicate a message to you through those drawings. This not Art either. It’s a recording that might helps to ignite an inspiration, some sparks in your mind.
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