Mean Green and Kitten Bath Time!

I did the outline of this doodle whilst watching BYU football face off with the Texas Longhorns at our friends’ house. For some reason I decided I should draw some stylized clovers, which had nothing to do with anything as far as I am aware. I am however glad I did so since I then also used only greens to follow the clover motif.

The photo of my doodle for the day is shown below, but first, kittens!

I think Crescent (the kitten) decided to encroach Tony’s peace in the window seat and Tony then decided, what-the-hey, bath time! More and more animals decided to make their presences known, with much cute cuddlies to be had for everyone.

And if you can tear your eyes away from the adorableness for just a moment, here is the doodle:

All green, all the time. There is something so wonderful about the color green.

All green, all the time. There is something so wonderful about the color green.

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All Grey Swirly Whirlys

Breaking News!: I have been doing so well keeping up with upcoming doodles that I will be updating by blag every weekday! This means Mon-Fri doodle extravaganza! Plus of course cute critters with every post. Happy doodling! ~Ducky

 

When I showed this doodle to MrE, he remarked that it looked like it had taken several days to complete. It was not until I figured out how long I had actually spent finishing the doodle that I realized he may have been more correct than I had originally thought. To me, this doodle looks very simple, especially compared with some of my most recent work, but it did take all of three and a half hour to color in. I guess that’s why I was able to listen to three entire episodes of Top Gear on my laptop while I doodled.

With the mixed results from my last all-grey doodle, I wanted to make sure this one had proper balance between light and dark tones. I certainly like the finished product much better than the original sketch.

I kept the patterns I used to a minimum for more consistency.

I kept the patterns I used to a minimum for more consistency.

I’m still not at all sure why this took so long to complete. Maybe it just seems like a long time because there was no color. Next up is some felt flower-button inspired work, then onto more state flower doodles!

Grey is a little boring, unless its the color of the cutest Cat-in-a-Hat ever! Percy was so adorable and tiny.

He hasn't quite got the premis of being a cat in a hat, but it's close enough.

He hasn’t quite got the premise of being a cat in a hat, but it’s close enough.

Liebster Award Nomination

Manyliebsteraward-golnaran thanks to Golnaran Art for nominating Ducky Doodles for a Leibster Award! This award is targeted to new and upcoming blogs with fewer than 200 followers. It helps get the word out about some of the cool people out there on the web.

Rules

The rules for the award are as follows:

  1. Link & thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer the questions your nominator gives you
  3. Tag other bloggers who have 200 or less followers
  4. Ask the bloggers you nominated questions and let them know you nominated them!

Questions

The questions Golnaran Art asked me were:

1. Skill or creativity? This is pretty complex for me, since I would say learn skills first, then begin working on creativity. This is not to say the two are mutually exclusive, but it is so much easier to get the end result you want in art when you already have the skills you need to get the work done. That being said, something truly creative trumps even the most skillfully executed work.

2. Reality or imagination? I would have to go with reality on this one, but just because it is so much easier for me to draw something real that I see in front of me than to imagine something no one has ever seen. I am so jealous of people who have strong imaginations, who can create anything and everything.

3. What are your recommendations for me (Golnaran)? I would say to keep experimenting and pushing the boundaries . Once you get good at one medium, try something you have never done before, even if it doesn’t turn out very beautifully.

Drum-roll for Nominations…

I would like to nominate/get the word out about the following blogs I follow:

vonholdt

A Nobody’s World

Pinoy Accent

Trini Chic Motion

Living Soli Deo Gloria

The Write Fuel

Grab A Coffee

My questions for you guys are:

  1. What is your favorite color? Be specific and give a reason pretty please.
  2. What do you wish you could do but are hesitant to try?
  3. What is the best gift you have ever received?
  4. If you could own any car in the world without paying for taxes/upkeep/gas, what would it be?
  5. What does creativity bring into your life?

Please check out these blogs if you have a minute and see their awesome work.

~Ducky

Ferocious Birthday Card and Kitty Cats

I have been doing lots of information gathering and internet searching to find cool new things to doodle. I have found some of the coolest and most exquisite doodles out there are in small Moleskine (not a typo) notebooks. One of the images I found was of a lion made with some cool, doodley alterations.

My dad’s birthday required something extra special, and of course manly, and I’m not sure what could be more manly than a roaring tiger, so that is what I set our to draw.

Highly stylized tiger and swirls.

Highly stylized tiger and swirls.

This doodle reminded me very much of some work I did in junior high and high school. As with every new technique I experiment with, I learned a ton. I even hid a little duck in there, possibly my most inconspicuous duck yet.

Whenever I send a birthday card out, MrE also makes a special custom dollar bill for the recipient. For my dad, he made the best dollar ever: a sock money wearing a BYU hoodie! My dad collects awesome socks and bleeds BYU blue, so the combination is perfect of course. Check out Mike’s skills:

Not illegal in all 50 states!

Not illegal in all 50 states!

Just in case you are worried that drawing on paper money is illegal, it isn’t, as long as you do not tamper with the numbers or make it unfit to be spent. We oftne leave superhero themed dollars as part of our tips.

Time for Cute

Of course I can’t just leave you without an adorable photo of our own ferocious beasts:

What do YOU want?

What do YOU want?

Looks Like a Bunch of Bull

I’ve finished another addition to my State flower collection: Texas.

Fans of Texas are sure to be well-acquainted with the state flower, the Bluebonnet. My brother’s family lives in the Austin area, and they make a yearly trip to fields full of bluebonnets for their family portrait. They are a vivid flower and are surprisingly dainty for a state that is renowned for bigger and better everything.

You’ll also notice I have placed another negative space motif in the corner to pay tribute to everyone’s favorite Texas bovine, the longhorn. I would like the extend my condolences to the Longhorns, as I myself am a BYU fan. Better luck next year!

I'm pretty pleased with this. I  think I'm getting a little better at composition.

I’m pretty pleased with this. I think I’m getting a little better at composition.

Next up is Indiana or Georgia. We shall see, both of their state flowers are white. Hmmm.

Abut two years ago, I went in search of the best puppy in the world, Krypto the Super Dog. This is the first time I ever saw her, and the rest is history:

Will you take me home?

Will you take me home?

Updated Page Name

Today I registered this site as my very first .com! Now you only need to type duckydoodles.com into your address bar to see all the cool marker doodles you could ever want.

I have heaps of cool stuff waiting to be posted. At the moment I am schedules to post every two days (not including today). If you have any special requests or ideas for a doodle, send me a comment or use your powers of the mind–I may pickup your brainwaves.

Happy Drawing!

Ducky

I see you are awake! good, you may begin to love me...

I see you are awake! good, you may begin to love me…

Playing Catch-Up…Ketchup?

I have finally caught up with my unfinished doodles! However, this victory is temporary, and so it is somewhat hollow since I have at least four drawings that are in some pre-stage of completion. The good news is when I hand someone my sketchbook so they can behold my awesomeness in person, I don’t have to make excuses anymore like, “Oh…Don’t mind that page. It may LOOK like it is incomplete and badly drawn, but it is actually…yeah. You got me. It’s not finished.”

The last of the bad drawings (see here for a peak at stage one), is finally complete! It’s not my best composition, a problem I ran into with another previous drawings, but I love the colors. I might even come back to it if I can think of a way to fix it. Maybe.

This is the color of summer...punching you in the teeth!

This is the color of summer…punching you in the teeth!

Tools of the Trade

I think I would like to add another aspect to this blog. I want to share some of the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way, and would love to hear from other artists about the kinds of tools they have come to rely on.

MrE is a drafter by trade and is the master of making perfectly precise drawings. Maybe I will get him to submit some handwriting for your perusal in  so you see how precise his line-work is. Since I use so many sweeping curves and curlicues in my work, he is always suggesting I try using a french curve. This is a devices made entirely of curves so any line you draw can be consistent. Mike has a little over one million french curves and other templates, so for this next drawing I used varying circle templates as well as this German curve:

Using new tools is kind of like shopping for new school supplies, if you know what that's like.

Using new tools is kind of like shopping for new school supplies, if you know what that’s like.

The drawing is in the preliminary stages, so don’t worry if it looks totally incomplete; it is! My inspiration for this was another blogger, and when I’m finished with the doodle I will link the original concept since it’s super awesome.

In just the short time I’ve experimented with these tools (like an hour) I’ve discovered that I don’t really know what I’m doing, and I’m somewhat impatient when it comes to using them. But I think, if I stick it out, I’ll get better.

Markers!

For all of my doodles I have been using ink. There have only been one or two drawings in my sketchbook that I have pre-drawn using pencil; all the rest are freehand compositions. Within the past several months I’ve expanded my collection of drawing utensils, and I’ve even asked MrE for a set of super expensive Prismacolor brush marker set (but only with a 50 percent off coupon, cause let’s face it, they’re just markers) for Christmas.  My current collection is the following:

Sharpies reign supreme!

Sharpies reign supreme!

I’d love to hear what my fellow artists use in their drawings or what they wish they had.

You can never see too much of my cute fur babies? Right? Well here is a picture  from the early days of getting our very own Percy.

There is just enough room for both kitty cats to fit snugly.

There is just enough room for both kitty cats to fit snugly.

Mistakes Turned Into Passable Doodles

I was going through a crazy drawing phase when I completed these doodles. I also did some additional outlines have have all sort of cool projects in the works, but for now, behold!

For this, I used some of MrE's markers from art school in the 80's (that still work!)

For this, I used some of MrE’s markers from art school in the 80’s (that still work!)

This is the final incarnation of a terrible rubbish sketch. I was a little worried about the color choices when I stared, but I think it turned out all right. I’m really glad MrE advised me to go back. I learned a ton from redoing this doodle.

My first full doodle using grey tones.

My first full doodle using grey tones.

I also completed this sketch and was excited to use my new grey markers for a full doodle. I should have used more black, and the composition is just so blah, but also, learned a ton.

I still have one old doodle left to complete, and then I can catch up on all the other work I’ve been drawing!

For your viewing pleasure, here is Lord Percival Blakney sleeping on a box behind my computer:

Is he irritated or just sleeping with flat ears?

Is he irritated or just sleeping with flat ears?

Kansas May be Boring, But Its State Flower Is Awesome!

I should have guessed right away that the state flower of Kansas would be the wild sunflower. I mean, sunflowers are the only really awesome thing about driving through what is an otherwise unremarkable state (at least from the highway). Sunflowers are such happy flowers and it was easy drawing this particular doodle. After I drew the outline, I realized I needed a color that I did not have, so MrE took a trip out to find markers. It just happened to be labor day when we went shopping which means that Michael’s had 50 percent off one item, huzzah! This made me feel less guilty about buying really, really expensive markers:

Golden orange: not orange like a pumpkin, orange like a sunset:

Regularly $9. For. One. Marker

Regularly $9. For. One. Marker.

We also got a set of grey Prismacolors which I am very excited to experiment with. I have one grey sharpie that I love, so I think I’ll be able to do some really cool doodles with a whole bunch of different tones of grey.

Do not buy without a coupon or risk surrendering limbs.

Do not buy without a coupon or risk surrendering limbs.

The splurge on the orange was worth it though. It put down ink beautifully and was the perfect bright sunflower yellow I needed:

Sunflower, you rock! Kansas....we forgive you for being kind of boring.

Sunflower, you rock! Kansas….we forgive you for being kind of boring.

I still have a few birthday cards to draw and a very special get well card for my friend, Kyla. Wish me luck!

Here’s another dose of Cute:

Sleepy kitty face says, Moar Rubs!

Sleepy kitty face says, Moar Rubs!

Itty bitty pink toe beans. Too Cute!

Itty bitty pink toe beans. Too Cute!

A Birthday Card Fit for a Mother

I know I posted only yesterday, but I just now realized that I never made a post about one of the most important birthday cards! My mom’s birthday was in April, and of course I made a card for her, (my dad’s b-day was yesterday, blog post of his card incoming). My mom likes many things, most of which are related to science fiction, books, and Benedict Cumberbatch, but she also likes my art because I am her daughter. I think she is slowly turning her house into the Galleria de Megan, cause she’s awesome! I decided her doodle needed to represent something that she loves, and what’s not to love about Colorado?!

I drew a single Columbine (the state flower of Colorado, also represented here in a previous post) for her birthday card. Maybe next year will be a Doctor Who/Star Trek/Star Wars themed doodle.

Black and white is always classy, and will go with any decorations!

Black and white is always classy, and will go with any decorations!

The only sad thing about this card is there is no hidden duck! In case you had not realized, I include a duck in all of my doodles, at least the ones that I remember to 😛

Moving Day Is Almost Here!

On a non-drawing related note, the day we move back to Colorado is almost upon us! We are so excited to be closer to my family and to get back into the Colorado Roller Derby scene. Plus, mountains. Last summer we drove to visit, and I snapped this photo of Krypto and Tony getting along in the car.

There's nothing like a 24 hour car journey to help the kids get along.

There’s nothing like a 24 hour car journey to help the kids get along.

UPDATE! This just in! I found the hidden duck! Sometimes, my duck hiding powers are just too awesome.