I seem to have developed a new habit this week: drawing little doodles and leaving them in public places as 'gifts' to strangers! The chances are that most have been thrown away, but I like to think that one of them has sparked curiosity and a smile in someone, somewhere.
Why am I doing this? Well because they're the sort of thing I'd love to find but never do: so thought I'd take the initiative and start a little sideline in sketchbombs!
I'm all for recycling and reducing waste, but there's much to be said for an actual piece of paper, touched and scribbled by actual human hands! I'm not advocating wasting paper or attempting to litter London: I just feel like these little token gestures can make a massive difference and create a sense of excitement and community that this city sometimes lacks.
I'm a huge fan of artist Andy Leek, who in case you're not aware, leaves big positive notes to strangers in public spaces across London. He started the 'Notes To Strangers' project 3 years ago, after being signed off work with stress and realising a lot of that was down to not making in any art. He wanted to make a difference to people's lives: and so the the project began... I've spotted quite a few and they always make me feel like someone out there has got my back - and I'm sure he's made thousands of others feel the same too. GO ANDY! #notestostrangers
Here's one of my favourites:
So now it's your turn!
This week's challenge
Your challenge this week is to draw a little doodle of something positive and leave it in a public place for some lucky stranger to find!
A smile? A unicorn? A life-affirming statement drawn in beautiful typography? A bottle of champagne? Eddie Redmayne?! Whatever you'd like to find a picture of - draw it and drop it!
And before you leave it, take a pic and tag me in it on Instagram - #sketchbomb