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A deviantARTist is giving us 365 days of incredible doodles

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Blowing our minds every day for a year, using only a ballpoint pen and a Moleskine.

As any creator knows, it takes a formidable amount of discipline to try to create something new every single day—but the rewards can last much longer than the moment.

Now, one deviantART creator is sharing his 365-day art project with the rest of the community, and the results are a reminder that passion can transform even the most trivial medium, and inspire even the most casual artist.

Gabriel Picolo’s mesmerizing pen-and-ink doodles, which he’s been sketching into his Moleskines every day since January, are less casual sketches and more like a series of “mindful meditations” captured in art form. The Brazilian graphic design student told deviantART-based journal depthRADIUS that he started the project “to fight procrastination and stop being such a lazy artist.” So far the results have been anything but lazy. Picolo uses a multi-step drawing technique to achieve the beauty and luminous quality of the work he shares with the world. He starts with a pencil sketch, then does an elegant inking with Staedtler black ink, using a white paint as a corrector. Finally, he scans in his drawings and digitally enhances the color and contrast.

The product is a world of beautiful black-and-white drawings that call to mind the best of children’s literature, Ghibli animation, and the wonders of the imagination. Here are some of our favorite of Picolo’s doodles so far.

 

Day 1: You’re Scarier Than You Think

 

Day 4: Thin rain

 

Day 19: Show me your true color

 

Day 25: I am the city

 

Day 26: Alice in Doodleland

 

Day 40: Milkshake

 

Day 57: Ray of Hope

 

Day 64: Ashes

Day 86: Departure of the Winged Ships

Day 98: After the rain

Day 118: Searching for the moon

 

Day 124:  Happy Bday Audrey Hepburn

 

Day 132: Red Riding Hood

 

Picola says that he prefers to doodle in the evening and draw inspiration from his day.

From the looks of things, he’s having a very good year.

 

Illustration by Gabriel Picola via 365-daysofdoodles/deviantART

Aja Romano

Aja Romano

Aja Romano is a geek culture reporter and fandom expert. Their reporting at the Daily Dot covered everything from Harry Potter and anime to Tumblr and Gamergate. Romano joined Vox as a staff reporter in 2016.