I haven't submitted any drawings to Illustration Friday, an online weekly challenge for illustrators, since earlier in 2014. I thought I'd start submitting again, mostly for the challenge, but not to mention the fun! I did this drawing in about a half hour after seeing that the theme this week is Toys!
But sometimes doing a quick spontaneous illustration like this helps me balance my need to draw while I'm working on something like a book that requires a lot of research and planning.
Another kind of spontaneous drawing I've been enjoying lately is making mandalas. I will be doing an adult ed. class on Mandalas in Spring, and have been keeping a mandala journal. Here are some samples: