I got a smaller black sketchbook (about A5 or 9inx11in) for this kind of doodles and developed a serious crush on it. I also got a white pen, but it's not as solid as I expected, so I'm sticking with the regular silver one for now. As far as the materials I get them at the local Blick store, where I used to buy all my school stuff - the one in South Loop.
And as for the approach, I found out, at least for me that the automatic drawing works like magic - you set a point with your pen and drag your hand where the pen leads you, either leaving the drawing laconic - with as few strokes as possible or adding details along the way as you feel necessary. I like minimalistic ones more since they leave so much air.
One helpful thing I discovered long ago is to have something telling stories in the background (audiobooks, movies, but definitely not people) - whatever you choose to listen to will somewhat drive your hand, push you toward a specific result at least mood-wise. This time I felt rather unfortunate to choose Edgar Alan Po's "Spectacles" with all its melodramatic descriptions of female character's elegant qualities (when I was constantly wondering where's the catch i.e. murders, horror, and despair), but the story did good for me in the end helping with the line flow (at least, that's what I keep telling myself).
Sometimes, though, it seems difficult to make the first stroke (you'd have to decide where it will go, why, and what it will represent, when more times than not I have no idea what I'm going to be doing). Every new sheet of paper is like a dark locked room - you never know what's gonna be peering out at you in the next second, but just making a solid straight or curved line (like a ray of light in an opening doorway) to start things off is a way to break the distance between paper and me in our pained relationship.
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