Still too busy to pursue any illustration or portfolio projects at the moment. However, I did start taking my sketch journal to church on Sundays.
First of all, when I am drawing (or painting), I am extremely focused and alert. And, when I'm sketching in church, I am not randomly doodling, but illustrating the sermon (in a sense). I'm taking what I'm hearing and translating it into images - not sketching the backs of people's heads who are sitting in front of me. Do I get everything? No, but I don't get everything when I'm writing notes down either. AND, with my sketch journal, I go back to it to fix drawings, ink or paint, add detail - therefore, recalling that particular part of the message and spending time in thought about it as I render it.
So, hopefully no one in the pews around me take offense and assume I've "tuned out." Au contraire. Here, I've shown a couple of pages from Sunday services (nothing in color yet).