Gabriel Picolo is a student illustrator who was born and raised in São Paolo, Brazil. At just 20 years old, he’s a self-proclaimed coffee and cat lover, currently studying graphic design at college. At present, Picolo is busy working on an incredibly ambitious personal project. In an effort to improve the quality of his work and stamp out procrastination, he’s decided that 2014 is the year in which he really pushes his art forward.
It’s said that the best way to learn about something is simply to do it. So, Picolo is drawing.
Once a day. Every day.
For a year.
Picolo clearly doesn’t do things by halves, and so far he’s been true to his word, providing us with a new doodle every single day since the beginning of January. Here is a creativity and perseverance that shows no signs of stopping.
I just muttered to myself, ‘I don’t think he can be stopped now…’ and felt a little bit alarmed.
When I first saw his work, I was sure that he must belong to some well-to-do illustration company. His doodles, as he calls them, are top-class, high-quality illustrations that would feel at home on any production board in any animation studio. Instead, he focuses on his studies and sells T-shirt designs at Aleks Laboratory. He has plans to produce prints in the near future.
His designs, simple, colourless and efficient, are also beautiful, rich and pristine. His lines are precise, but free. They flow and curve and course as if his ideas are spilling out straight onto the paper.
He begins with a pencil sketch before inking using black Staedtler pens and white paint when needed. Once the daily piece is complete, he takes a photograph and raises the contrast digitally in Photoshop before uploading.
As someone who finds it hard to bother getting out of bed every day, I was impressed by the tenacity with which Picolo has approached his project. When I contacted him to talk about it, I discovered he was in the middle of his college finals, yet he hasn’t missed a single day since he started. I asked him how he managed dealing with such a huge amount of work.
“It is not exactly difficult since it has become some kind of routine by now. However, I admit that some days I have a hard time trying to figure out what I’m going to draw or what’s going to be my theme. I prefer to draw something strictly related to the current day. When that’s not possible I have a list of ideas I keep updated just in case.”
Featuring such fabulous and copious artworks, his project has already garnered some attention, with everybody curious to see how it turns out. Under the ever-watchful laser-beam eyes of his supporters, a lesser man might cave under the weight of such a task, retreating, fetal-position into a cave deep below the earth where the heavy burden of rock and dirt became a metaphor for the eager expectations placed upon our glorious artist…
But that would be a lesser man! No pressure, right?
“At the end of the day, it’s a project about me trying to avoid procrastination, but having so many that support my work makes me want to improve the quality of my doodles every day. It really means a lot to me.”
Finally, I asked him what he plans to do with that precious notebook he’s worked so hard on.
“I still don’t know. There’s still a lot of days left so it looks like it’s never going to end. I’ll use them to think about that matter.”
Picolo gets done in a single day what would take some artists a week. Straight from his brain to his rapidly filling notebook, Picolo’s 365 Days of Doodles are inks that pour from his pen as if it were an extension of his person. I think this project is amazing, and an inspiration to anyone out there hoping to improve their craft. It’s definitely something I recommend keeping an eye on. What he’s produced so far has already shown a marked increase in his capabilities, and I’m sure that by the end of the year Picolo will find drawing as natural as breathing.
Work hard, Picolo! We’re all rooting for you!