Dojo Notes

September 23, 2011

I’ve really fallen behind on this blog lately. Not because I haven’t been sketching, but because I haven’t been scanning. Scanning is actually more time consuming than drawing! (And not nearly as fun.)

The reason I haven’t had time to do any scanning is because I’ve been pretty consumed with my other endeavors, particularly my latest obsession: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. You may think that sketching and Jiu-Jitsu have nothing to do with each other, but alas you would be wrong. Just as my instructor Darrell believes that practicing Jiu-Jitsu will improve all areas of your life, I believe the same when it comes to drawing.

Case in point: I am terrible at sports, and I am a slow learner. I never catch on to anything quickly, and have a real hard time remembering things. Luckily after 30-some years of living I have finally figured how to deal with these challenges. The best way for me to learn anything (even sports) is to take notes. And what’s even better than that is to supplement those notes with illustrations.

So here are some pages from my dojo notebook. Thanks to this I have managed to retain a million times more than I would have without it. And I couldn’t have done that without knowing how to draw.

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