More Sketches Waiting for Markers

This is more of my big collection of back-logged doodles. These still have a bit of a stained-glass feel, but are a little more detailed and more like other doodles I’ve done in the past.

Maine State Flower. Lame right?

Maine State Flower. Lame right?

The coolest of all the brass instruments.

The coolest of all the brass instruments.

Some rings? Maybe. But for sure flowers.

Some rings? Maybe. But for sure flowers.

I’ve been wanting to do some pine cones for a while now. And now here they are, but need to be finished.

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More Itsy Bitsy Doods

Although my Moleskine sketchbook is about one fifth of the size of my regular book, it takes just as long to complete a doodle in it. This is probably because I end up using a smaller pen and try to make the lines fit in terms of scale.

The Color Problem

One of the first things I discovered about the Moleskine is that the full spread of pages is more pleasing to draw on than just one side of the book. However, this also means that I can’t really color the doodles because the markers bleed trhough the paper. So for now, These little doodles will have to remain in only black. I might go back later and spot the blacks, but we’ll just have to see.

 

Some winter plants. And a ginormous shadow.

Some winter plants. And a ginormous shadow.

Need more mistletoe!

Need more mistletoe!

The second doodles is what my insides feel like after eating super spicy Thai food. Not that I’ve done that more than once, but the memory is lasting.

More abstract than usual.

More abstract than usual.

Boom!

Boom!

Upcoming Doodles

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.

Ferns and bubbly flowers galore.

It's like water, fireworks, and the American flag have all exploded.

It’s like water, fireworks, and the American flag have all exploded.

Flowers can have eight legs. I'm sure of it.

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’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.

Holy Hiatus, Batman!

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.

Shielded Journal Cover

SomeCTR-Ring friends of mine gave me a journal to write my thoughts during my church’s semi-annual General Conference. They made the cover of the journal white and blank, so I could have something to draw on while I listened. The main element of the journal is a shield, which other Mormons will instantly recognize as a CTR shield. CTR stand for Choose the Right, much like other Christian churches like WWJD.

Children are given a little CTR ring like the one to the right in Sunday School, so they can have a visual reminder to make good choices throughout the day. I’m not sure why the shield is green, but that is why I colored my own journal’s shield green as well.

Bright colors unite!

Bright colors unite!

I think next year I may do journals like this for my nieces and nephews, or maybe I’ll do that for their Christmas presents (which would be a first for me giving them Christmas presents because I’m a terrible aunt). Then they can take thier doodle with them to school, that is, if thier parents can bear to let an origional Ducky work leave the safety of home 😛

I often am struck dumb by the cuteness of the kittens. MrE is immune to them now. Even when they all cuddle together, he is unimpressed when I force him to come look.

Before I barged in, they were all parallel, snuggling like little spoons in a drawer.

Before I barged in, they were all parallel, snuggling like little spoons in a drawer.

It’s Almost the Roaring Twenties Again, Right?

It is interesting to me how the size of a piece of paper changes the way I doodle. This latest doodle is directly inspired by a couple of vintage Art Deco broaches I found when searching for ideas on the internet. I’ve been trying to work out just what it is that makes this style so distinctive to me, and I think it is the combination of very geometric shapes combined with a certain unexpectedness. Despite the small size of the doodle, it still took a few hours to complete. I hope to get faster, and possible do a bit of sketching in the Moleskine everyday.

I don't quite know what it is I love so much about Art Deco designs.

I don’t quite know what it is I love so much about Art Deco designs.

On a more musical note, MrE and I went to see Hall and Oates live in concert at the Huntsville, Von Braun center, and they were amazing! They played all of their hits of course, ending with a cool improve rendition of I Can’t Go For That. Before the show, MrE and I played another game of squiggles, this time in the Moleskine. My favorite cartoon for this go-round is the man with elephantiasis with tiny eyes and a huge mouth.

Also, Godzilla made an appearance.

Also, Godzilla made an appearance.

 

Tiny Doodle for Tiny Moleskine

The next part of my doodle journey is drawing in a cute mini-Moleskine sketchbook. I’ve seen so many awesome designs on Pintrest, I had to get one of my own to try it out. I also got two very tiny pens, and even broke out some of MrE’s Rapidograph drafting pens (which I still have yet to learn how to use. I guess they are like super precise fountain pens and they have to be cleaned and refilled with ink.)

My first doodle in the sketch book is pretty normal/typical. Some flowers and some swirls. I didn’t plan it out very well, so I also added some of my new colors to make the features pop.

End to end coverage

End to end coverage

All in all, I think I’m going to enjoy carrying around the small sketchbook, and maybe even doing some plein air sketching. In a future photo, I might put something next to the book to show scale. The book itself is about a centimeter shorter  and about the same width as my hand.

New Marker Fun-Times

It is so exciting to get new art materials. I’m not entirely sure why this is, but it just is–I think it’s the same with brand new school supplies. To commemorate my new markers, I made this doodle, which is more like a lesson in color combinations. The new Prismacolors are excellent, and I tried to use as many as I could in the little vignettes. When I drew the frames, MrE was quite excited because he thought I was going to draw a comic, but alas I did not.

First Prismacolor experiment

First Prismacolor experiment

I drew a few different types of plant life, and this is the first time I’ve tried to do bamboo, and it is so easy to draw, I will certainly add it in future doodles.

Here Be Dragons and Markers

Since I have the best husband ever, I now also have the most awesome markers ever! For our 23-month wedding anniversary, MrE Bought me the giant pack of Prismacolor brush tip artist markers i have been lusting after! I tested them out on my palette page and can’t wait to use them on some sweet new doodles.

So many markers...*drool*

So many markers…*drool*

I also got a teeny tiny Moleskine notebook to start doing tiny doodles when the mood strikes me.

Steampunk Fantasy

I’ve been branching out into different subjects, as you may have noticed in past doodles. There is an artist I really admire, Kirby Rosanes, who does some truly ridiculous and awesome art. I took a page out of his Moleskine, ha, and tried something steampunk:

Just wind him up and set him loose.

Just wind him up and set him loose.

Compared to Kirby, this little dude is but a meager steampunk baby. This is probably a doodle topic I will return to in the future.

Ducky Doodles Oodles of Poodles and Noodles

I cannot claim to have come up with this concept for amazing doodle on my own; it was a special request from my very own husband, MrE. But I absolutely love it! I don’t particularly love poodles, they are nice and smart and all but a too lanky. I DO love all forms of noodles.

It was nice to do something completely representational, even if the form is abstract. I think the next step is to actually draw my own pets in some future doodles. We shall see…

Only three types of noodles,but each poodles does have a slightly different hairdo.

Only three types of noodles,but each poodles does have a slightly different hairdo.

For even more cuteness, here are kittens. They were hugging a moment before I took the picture, but I was too late.

Please let us sleep in peace!

Please let us sleep in peace!