(That's kinda like getting the ol' kindergarten gold-star-on-your-chart... except, obviously, purple. A very welcome compliment.)
And talking of squidly subjects, I just found this good Squid page on sketchbooks and blogging: Sketchblogs.
Those of you who know me know that I hardly go anywhere without a sketchbook. (I only buy purses it can fit into - take that! Fashion.) Anyway, having a handy place to record not just sketches, but notes, research, measurements, or good quotes found while browsing in bookstores... What fun is it to be creative without a friendly sketchbook?
My sketch from the Stickley exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art POST
Give a sketchbook a try.
As you can see above, the standard of drawing doesn't have to be very high for a sketch to remind you of what you saw (or thought of) and to record the important things. Pretty sketches are just a nice by-product.