Archive for the ‘scribbles’ Category

DOODLE PROJECT: What?- Page 10

November 7, 2016

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I honestly have absolutely nothing to say about this one.

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DOODLE PROJECT: What?- Page 3

September 26, 2016

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No dialogue in a speech bubble this time… but does there really need to be?

MEETING DOODLE: Brutal Beanie

December 6, 2013

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It’s so hard to be taken seriously as an adult if your beanie doesn’t fit.

Deacon Meeting Doodle: HAND ATTACK!!!!

December 4, 2013

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Even church deacon meetings aren’t immune to a little doodlage.

First Rule of Doodle Club is: There are no rules!

March 6, 2012

Over the course of this blog, I’ve had a fairly steady stream of emails asking what my approach to doodling/sketching is, and if I had any tips. My answers have varied, depending on the specifics of the question, but my general response has always been pretty much the same. I received another such email yesterday, and figured I’d go ahead and post my response so that anybody else who might be curious could read it.

   As far as tips for sketching, I’d have to say the first thing is let yourself just relax and have fun with it. Take more of a flow of consciousness kind of approach. If you happen to hit upon an idea you want to take further, that’s great. Do that on a second piece. (I’ve actually had doodles that turned into paintings and published illustrations.) But don’t let that be the goal of sketching or doodling.
   I guess the difference, for me at least, between doodling and drawing a finished illustration is like the difference between running around in the backyard with my kids and running a marathon. They both use the same set of muscles, just with vastly different goals in mind.
   If you’re still struggling with wanting to overthink a sketch, another thing you can do is the timed sketch. Give yourself a VERY short time limit (60-90 seconds) and turn yourself loose on an idea. But- and here’s the hard part- when that time is up, THAT’S IT. No more drawing on that sketch. None. Nada. Zilch. Zippo. Don’t even go back later and tighten up or erase anything.

In addition to the points I made in this reply, I’d add one more: use different tools. Don’t always feel like you can only doodle or sketch on a certain paper using only a particular pen or pencil. Try a wide variety of surfaces and media. Use crayons on a napkin, or colored pencils on an envelope, or Sharpies on an old shoebox. Whatever. Just don’t stifle your creativity by setting any strict parameters on something that is supposed to be a fun pastime. You might be surprised at the new possibilities or favorites you discover.

Hope this was helpful. Happy doodling, everybody!

Ah, pudding…

February 6, 2012

Ah, pudding....

The face came first. Then the body. And I knew, given the facial expression he was making, he had to be deep in thought about something that enthralled him. And what’s more enthralling than pudding?

Fall Fever!

October 29, 2010

Been a bit, hasn’t it?

Well, just back off! I’ve been busy, okay?

To make it up to you, I’ve posted a big one. Just click on the thumbnail to see my latest “meeting doodle”. But don’t stare at it too long; it’s WAAAAY too nice outside to sit around just staring at your computer screen.

Pizzilla Attacks!

December 31, 2008

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Once again, my doodle gland was stimulated by pizza. This time around, it was enhanced by a day of playing a new Godzilla video game with my son. Fortunately, the pizza was NOT monstrous, but actually quite tasty.

It’s Official… I’ve warped ’em both!

December 18, 2008

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I’m in the middle of giving my three-year-old her bath, talking about how close it is to Christmas Eve. She, of course, is getting VERY excited. They made “reindeer food” at her preschool, and she asked me if we could go sprinkle it in the yard after she gets out of the bath.

“No, sweetheart,” I say to her, “if we put it out now, it’ll get eaten by other animals.”

“Like what?” she asks.

“Well, like squirrels and birds.”

“And bathtubs?”

“Bathtubs? You think the bathtub is going to eat the reindeer food?”

“Uh-huh.”

“Do bathtubs eat anything else besides reindeer food?” I ask, my curiosity piqued.

“No”, she answers, a look of complete seriousness on her face.” But they eat LOTS of it!”

Smile!

September 22, 2008

I’m doodling a page full of people smiling, and it occurs to me that each person, although smiling, is conveying a different emotion. So, for the life of me, I don’t know if I was feeling giddy, sneaky, or nervous when I doodled this one. Maybe I was feeling nervously giddy over something sneaky I had done.