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Gabriel Picolo is a graphic design student in Brazil who has provided at least two people—me and himself—a most compelling reason for getting out of bed every morning in 2014.  He calls it the 365 Days of Doodles Project, for which he creates, each day, one of his wildly imaginative pencil sketch and ink drawings (quite a bit more elevated than a “doodle”—more like a free-flowing meditation).






Gabriel’s “doodles” often situate child characters interacting with wild creatures, some mythic, like dragons, some merely ferocious, like lions.  Sometimes the doodles have more of a cartoonish touch.  Some are fan art.  All are usually spectacularly chaotic, whimsical and alive—like a caffeinated morning wake-up call for the eyes.  What a wonderful way for an artist to engage each and every day.  And a lot of fun for a fan of the artist like me to look forward to each new day.


Gabriel’s project has made me re-think New Year’s resolutions.  Rather than renounce some pleasure like chocolate or cigarettes, but also, rather than pledge to engage some hated task like hitting the gym—why not the “Doodle Option” instead?  Imagine the benefit to each of us individually, psychologically and spiritually, that might be achieved if we chose some pleasurable and creative outlet for a daily reconnection to whimsical being. I know for a fact that spyed is rolling tight with pen and sketchbook these days, finding time to draw no matter how grueling the day's schedule might be.




Imagine 7 billion Earthlings reserving a brief bit of time each day to engage in some de-stressing cathartic creative ritual, like writing a poem, or doodling a doodle and then sharing it with the rest of us on deviantART. I see great things for this concept of the Personal Daily Deviation.  Some say a ripple from a stone tossed by a child into the ocean might become a devastating tsunami across the vast sea.  Maybe a simple hope for happiness expressed in a doodle might become a reality of world peace one day.


Please let depthRADIUS know if you are creating a small piece of creative work each and every day and sharing with everyone on deviantART. I would be glad to create a list for everyone!











Questions for Gabriel Picolo





  1. What prompted you to impose the discipline of daily drawing into your schedule?

    I started the project to fight procrastination and stop being such a lazy artist. Drawing something everyday was my new years' eve resolution.

  2. What has the first one hundred days of doodling taught you as an artist and as an art appreciator?

    The 100 days of doodles so far taught me that inspiration can come from just about anywhere in my life. Everything I encounter may be a theme for that day's drawing. Also, this exercise has taught me that discipline brings good results.

  3. Is subject matter planned in advance or do you wake up each day and wait for inspiration to strike?

    -I prefer to draw things related to how my day was (that's why I start the doodles in the evening). When that's not possible I do have some ideas written down as notes that I choose from.




  1. Has a meditative element presented itself within this daily commitment? Your own version of ink soaked Tai Chi?

    I don't know if this counts as meditation but half an hour before I start the doodle I take a deep breath and start  a pre-planning process of where I'm going to place everything on the paper. It helps a lot.

  2. What are your other artistic responsibilities? Work, etc.?

    I'm currently graduating at Graphic Design, that requires me to draw for college projects now and then. I also take in drawing commissions when I'm not at my "main job", which is not related to art.











Gabriel Picolo is a graphic design student in Brazil who has provided at least two people—me and himself—a most compelling reason for getting out of bed every morning in 2014.  He calls it the 365 Days of Doodles Project, for which he creates, each day, one of his wildly imaginative pencil sketch and ink drawings (quite a bit more elevated than a “doodle”—more like a free-flowing meditation).

Writers: techgnotic 
Designers: marioluevanos 
Featuring: 365-DaysOfDoodles 

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:iconnicholas-mark-amos:
NICHOLAS-MARK-AMOS Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I'm friends with that guy. I had no idea it was such a big thing. The pieces are amazing. The creativity boggles my mind.
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DyeKyle Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW love what you do! I wanna be just like you when i grow up lol!
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Kissmy-Claw Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hum...I will want open comissions, but I  do not know how to set prices.:-? (Confused) 
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Ask-Miku-Hatsune-01 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
zomg
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Roxyrn Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such an inspiration <3
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willcorrigan Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow I really love this.
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nennex Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing and at the same time helpful as it makes one think about the way to do things. The art is beautiful. 
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ArtDreamsComeTrue Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Marvellous drawings and such a talented source of imagination for creating these dazzling, therapeutic works of art! I find these extremely hypnotizing and relaxing to look at, well done!!!
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DiyanahJ Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
These are beautiful and very inspiring
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Zump1 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student Writer
This is absolutely amazing. That must take a lot of dedication...
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MarinaVincent Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Love the idea, I had been looking at zen doodling as a daily relaxation exercise.  have been working at this for the past few evenings just doing images in smaller more manageable pieces, random and chaotic
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strongduan Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
now that is real doodling
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:iconchikichi:
chikichi Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I was this good at drawing...
I'm gonna keep practising though :3
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Sopharra Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student Filmographer
Super inspiring, thanks for sharing! It's definitely something I should do myself.  
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the-mischief-manager Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is very inspiring! I've been thinking about doing a 365 day drawing/painting challenge myself but really don't know if I'll be able to commit to it. I really love the diverse subjects you draw and frankly such details warrants a better worthier name than doodle! :)
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Guad4 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
<font><font>Qué excelente trabajo, trabajar para desfrutar y disfrutas para trabajar. Me parece muy profesional. Deberías crear instructivos de aprendizaje, para novatos. Y ai los tienes donde los encuentro? Saludos.</font></font>
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xoxjeffyxox Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
I'm thinking about committing. This is inspiring.
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Drehnim Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Greatness!! Thank you!
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Kindaofcrazy Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
You are awesome dude.Never give up and continue to be my new inspiration.
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:icondeathbypigeons:
deathbypigeons Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student General Artist
These are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
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GentlyEthereal Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Truly inspiring.
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bunninmonkey Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Amazing!
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:iconemi64:
emi64 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Awesome ! many congratulations ! :) 
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Marycosan Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful Clap   and great composition
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bphuongp Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student Filmographer
so impressive
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wontstopdyin Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this inspire me to draw again hehe
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ellah2698 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is my new year's resolution,too. I wanted to do it so I can improve more in my drawing techniques cause I can't still find my own.

I do this everyday. but sometimes I lack discipline, time, and there's so much procrastinatio everywhere!   I set 1 month for a single topic. Like for example this May is about KH: 358/2 Days. And each day is an assigned character, scence, etc. ect. And today I'll be drawing Organization XII's No.I, Xemnas. Then, I'll start a timer for about 30 minutes so I can improve my speed in drawing as well. 

Congrats to 365-DaysOfDoodles for the feature. You're awesome! Keep it up!
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GladeFaun Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant sense of whimsy throughout. Reckon 'release your monsters' and 'Cover me please' are my favs. Thank you (as ever) for sharing!
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immortalrae Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Im impressed and if I remember this may be my first new years resolution this next new years xD
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shadow-inferno Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm really impressed by the discipline..
The level of quality is amazing, and to be able to keep that up every day.. Hats off! :)
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ChrisGritti Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm trying the 365 Doodle thing too but sheesh I'm nowhere near Mr. Picolo's level.  Wonderful.
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KirstenRowe Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't finish something every day.  I've never finished a drawing in a day.  But I do cherish and long for that time, every day, and grab just 5 precious minutes if I can. 

Thank you for validating.  Or should I say thanks for representin'?
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Spellsword95 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I do this as well. Some may call it school, or lessons, I call it "Sketching time".
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dragonsong17 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I keep telling myself that I should do this, but my life has been so busy lately.  This really has inspired me to put forth more effort and try again- even if I'm busy, I'm just going to have to make time!
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pariah87 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
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very interesting :nod:
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AlexWinterstorm Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I admire your mind - for the idea, first, but more important: for the will to go on with the plan!
Procastrination is a motherfucker, and I know how hard it can get fighting it. I'm just glad that
drawing daily is bringing you souch good results, it inspires both you and all the people that
admire your work.
Keep it coming!
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Insanemoe Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Good work!

Im doing a Sketch-A-Day
please visit my page : www.facebook.com/insanemoedesi…
or twitter.com/Insanemoe
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Baphomelon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! So Inspiring. I'll be commencing this very soon!
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GibberishDragon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student General Artist
I started doing this exact same thing starting this year =)
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appocrea Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, there goes replies to comments.
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alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
These drawings are amazing. Kudos to Gabriel for venturing in such a creative endeavour. 
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Vvlad-vVolfen Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you keep ink from transferring from one page to the next when you close the book.:?
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I recently had this problem but with pencil drawings x.x

I also would like to know.
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Vvlad-vVolfen Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, normally I only draw on one side of the book to prevent this issue. So far every type of ink I've tried inevetably bleeds, a little right away, and a little more over time.
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CaliforniaClipper Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sharpie Retractable Fine Point Pens

I've never used them in a Moleskine to sketch at the level shown in this article, but I have done a lot of writing using these in Moleskines and I don't believe the ink has ever bled through or transferred to the next page. I have a diary/wangst journal that I've been writing in for two years now and the ink at the beginning is not bleeding through the pages. In fact, while flipping through it just now to verify what I remembered, I found a 2-page line drawing that I did with the sharpies then colored with Pitt pens. None of the ink had transferred page-to-page or bled through the paper.

I never drew something and cross-hatched it to death, so no guarantees, but that's my experience, for what it's worth. =)
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:iconvvlad-vvolfen:
Vvlad-vVolfen Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'll probably get some to experiment with just to see how they work.
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CaliforniaClipper Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:w00t: You're welcome. =)
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UltraLiThematic Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
found you

Maybe trying a different ink/pen? Or the paper is thicker or absorbs ink better? or you mean like the ink transfer to other pages and not through the page it is drawn? Like a stamp?
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Vvlad-vVolfen Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes ink transfer to the opposed page. As this artist draws on both pages I'd have thought ink transfer to be a problem. And wouldn't mind some insight into it. I use to use ink a lot. But I'd guess I'll get no answer. Some artists just never talk.
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UltraLiThematic Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, they said they change the levels in Photoshop later, you can hide the transferred lines that way. 
Or maybe use that spray varnish thing to prevent smudges. Or you can put napkins in between the recent page to absorb the left over ink? Let it dry more? Use hair dryer? Just dropping some ideas
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