Many many weeks ago, I was trying to think of a new type of doodle to draw, and MrE suggested that I draw with one continuous line and try to fill up as much of the page as possible. It was an interesting experiment, and one that could be developed into something special.
I’ve seen several drawing by other professionals where they draw a portrait or other figure using one continuous line, however, I gave myself another restriction of not letting the line cross itself. Kind of like that worm game you used to play on your calculator, or Windows 95. There were a few places where I got pretty darn close and one might even claim that my lines crossed, but we all know what happens when you cross your streams together:
I’m not sure how I would color this doodle, so it may just stay black and white.
Packing has given me ample opportunity to see all the mounds of stuff I have accumulated throughout my relatively medium length life. Lots of the junk has been donated or been tossed straight into the trash, but some things are just too precious or whatever to get rid of. I’ve kept most of my art from junior high and high school, mostly because it’s all on paper and not a big deal to store, but it’s also nice to look back and see some improvements.
My senior year in high school is when I discovered I had a particular talent toward the arts and when I seriously considered changing my plans from pursuing an engineering degree to a fine arts degree. The outcome is still being deliberated by the jury of life, but the past is what it is.
These drawings are from a project where I needed to create a themed calendar of some kind. I only needed to draw five months worth of the calendar, and I chose mammals as my subject matter. I know, really specific right?
Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows I’m mad for critters. That’s probably why we have four pets at the moment, so an animal calendar makes perfect sense.
The most fashionable of all the mammals on Earth, the Zebra always makes a statement.
Sea mammals needed to be represented somewhere.
I can’t really remember the name of this particular fox species, but I really liked the bay kind of coat pattern.
Although ducks have turned into my spirit animal, moose are among my all time favorites, but I have yet to actually see one. Alive.
How did Africa get all the really awesome herbivores?
Even MrE was impressed with my skills as a high schooler, but if there was ever a time where I wished I had a better photo taking system, it’s with these. Lots of little detail is lost with the cell phone camera and poor lighting.
As promised, I have taken some quick snaps of the doodles I have in queue to be colored. There are quite a few, so I’ll probably break them up into groups. We are nearly done packing everything up, but I needed a little break, which means time for blogging!
Stained Glass Motifs
For some reason, quite a few of these doodles have the feel of stained glass. Possibly they all look this way because they aren’t colored, but I’ve also used many very simple shapes that one might find in a window or art glass piece:
Ferns and bubbly flowers galore.
It’s like water, fireworks, and the American flag have all exploded.
Flowers can have eight legs. I’m sure of it.
I’m not sure if the lily is any state’s flower, but that’s just too bad.
I don’t have lots of time at the moment, but I’ll probably start coloring some of these bad boys next week or the week after.
I’m back, and with exciting news. My husband and I are moving to our favorite state in the Union. That’s right; Colorado, here we come!
It seems like forever since I last posted a blog, and in internet-land I guess it has been forever. Not as long as the Home Star Runner guys have gone without an update, but still, many many months since I posted a Doodle. I have several outlines that are ready for color, and some birthday cards I need to get into the works.
MrE and I are also trying to make some permanent changes to our diet (I know, diet stuff..so exciting). I’m thinking in honor of our new commitment to eating veggies, I should make a vegetable themed doodle. I must confess that I have come to appreciate the way healthy foods make me feel, and I hope that I can be brave to say no to processed foods, fast foods, and otherwise unhealthy junk for the foreseeable future.
I’ll post some images of the stuff I’m working on in the next couple days. As always, I love feedback and would love to get inspiration from requests from the blogosphere.