The Joys of Curly Hair

It is a common sentiment that one always wants what one doesn’t have. In my case, I would love curly hair. My hair is bone straight, and even when I do curl it with rollers or heat, the the curls fall out a few hours after being set in my hair. I know a few curly haired people who scoff mightily at my desire for curly hair, but I cannot change my desire.

In my quest for easy to do curls, my mom found a cool video of tin foil ringlets.

I tried this technique and it worked awesomely! It was pretty easy to do, and although I had my mom do the flat iron stuff, it’s something I could easily do on my own for those times when I don’t live in my parents’ basement.

When I had fabulous curly hair, I was inspired to do this cartoon:

Thats a lot of hair

That’s a lot of hair

I’m impressed by my spontaneous whimsy.

 

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Shoes so Shoey They Shoe

Several days ago I posted some pictures of some white, canvas shoes I customized with black sharpie. I’m still in the process of completing an additional pair, but I have also completely finished a third set.

These shoes I used the rubbing alcohol bleed method first to add some funky color, then drew a doodle over them. I can’t really take the credit for coming up with any of these ideas, but I do take the credit for actually going out and doing it. These were the shoes that fit the best when I purchased them and I wanted to make them extra special. I’ve been having a love affair with orange in the recent months, so of course I used all fiery colors for the sharpie bleed.

I completed the right shoes first, and learned some stuff about what does and does not look good. As a result, I like the left shoe way more. Oh well.

Many people have shown interest in this kind of work, and I’m trying to figure out a way to sell them. The problem is the actual shoes. All the shoes I’ve worked on have been cheap, grocery superstore purchases which means they aren’t particularly comfortable. If I were to make these for people to purchase, I would need more reliably comfortable shoes and a way to accurately size people before they ordered. Perhaps I shall investigate similar Etsy products to see what they do.

Shoe Progression

Sorry for the red blurry thing. I took this image with my iPad. The coloring bit was pretty fun, but next time I would certainly use an eye dropper instead of a drippy paper towel to apply the rubbing alcohol.

Original white on the right, Orange Tie Die on Left

Original white on the right, Orange Tie Die on Left

Pre-doodle stage

Pre-doodle stage

One shoe done, one to go

One shoe done, one to go

Final Results

Unlike the other shoes, which were mirror images (or at least, as symmetrical as I could make them without spending a million years doing pre-drawings), these shoes have completely different patterns.

 

Sides 2

Sides 2

Tongues w/out laces

Tongues w/out laces

Sides 1

Sides 1

Fancy lacing

Fancy lacing

Heels

Heels

 

Randomy Randomness

Not all doodles are as polished as others. This is to be expected since the doodling is mostly a way for me to experiment and simply to keep me drawing and creating.

That being said, it is a little disappointing when I do a crazy thing and it doesn’t quite turn out the way I was envisioning in my head. For this drawing, I decided to use only curvy lines, at least for the initial sketch. I used angles to fill in around the shapes at the end. These shapes remind me of sea foliage and/or monsters of the deep. The main problem in my eyes is there isn’t any true focal point. This means that when you look at it, your eye isn’t really directed from one point to another. Good to know, but crazy all the same.

Better from far away.

Better from far away.

Ironically, right after I typed that last line and went to insert the image into the post, I realized it looks pretty good when it’s a thumbnail:

Better from far away.

Who knew

All in all, there are some intriguing color combinations I’ll have to remember for future use.

Gear Head

There is something so cool about clockworks and gears. I’m sure the entire steam-punk movement has been based on people’s love of the beautiful and perfect way gears fit and work together, totally unlike my doodle. Who even knows what these mechanical works are doing. It’s probably some crazy clock factory explosion that has been captured in doodle form.

It is growing increasingly difficult to pick color combinations I’ve never used before despite the fact that I now have one million colors. I’ve been thinking I need to go buy MORE markers, but they are just so expensive. Maybe I’ll start doing it one at a time with a 40% off coupon. These colors are distinctly muted and remind me very much of army fatigues. I almost wished I had done it in simple black and white since there isn’t really a focal point, but live and learn I suppose.

 

 

I wished I had some rust red, but I went with army colors instead.

I wished I had some rust red, but I went with army colors instead.

Next up are some more flower doodles, and possibly something a little larger. You will just have to wait and see what I can finish next.

Breaking Weekend Update

Surprise! Another post!

Colorado is predicted to get some snow this weekend, which means doomsday shopping and preparing for epic sledding. I am all set to spend the weekend doodling if there is nowhere else to go, and I’m starting to branch out into something a little more marketable than just plain wall art.

Behold, Sharpie Shoes Ver. 1.0

Swirleywhirlies

Swirleywhirlies

Heal Sunburst

Mix between saddle shoe and Toms

Mix between saddle shoe and Toms

Inside arch

The shoes I used were the cheapest I could find, and as a result, they are pretty poorly made, but they are great for artsy practice! Once I figure out how to fix the sharpie ink to the canvas, I’ll start taking over the world with my shoe drawing business.

 

 

Potential Project?

Many months back, A few people who know me well commented on some pictures that were making the rounds around Facebook. A few people got a hold of some sharpies and a blank canvas and went to town. The canvas in question happened to be a car, and ever since then I’ve been contemplating turning my Silver Dodge Neon into a doodle masterpiece. Something like these:

Racing stripes taken to 11

Racing stripes taken to 11

Flowers on cars are manly

Flowers on cars are manly

Niiiiiiiiice

Niiiiiiiiice

These hipster shoes brought to you by henna

These hipster shoes brought to you by henna

 

 

The shoes would be a fun and inexpensive place to start, but the car would be a mobile billboard advertising my potential to others who might want a doodled car. I would probably hesitate if someone wanted me to deface a Lamborghini though, that’s a lot of money riding on the steadiness of my hands.

So what does the blogoshpere think? To sharpie or not to sharpie?

Plain jane

Plain jane

Why Isn’t This Alabama’s State Flower?

Fall is in full swing in Alabama, and that means the cotton is ready or has already been harvested. It is very strange to me to see cotton fields in well built-up areas, but it is cool to see all the perfect white in a field of brown twigs. Cotton isn’t what one would call pretty, but it does have a certain appeal.

A few weeks back, MrE and I were driving home from visiting his mom when I remarked that I wanted to draw cotton one day. We immediately pulled into the supermarket parking lot, went to the cotton field and stole a twig of Alabama’s finest cotton balls. The reason, of course, cotton is not the state flower is it is a cash crop, has a messy history involved in slavery, and it is not very pretty.

This plant is just plain bizarre.

This plant is just plain bizarre.

I decided to make a sketch of this twig in my Moleskine.

Poor cotton. You are so ugly

Poor cotton. You are so ugly

I also took a little image to illustrate the size this tiny sketchbook actually is:

I do have pretty big hands, it has to be said.

I do have big hands, it has to be said.

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.

Implementing New Techniques and Media

Sunday is a great time for me to doodle. I cannot stress enough how much better church is for me, in terms of being able to listen to the speaker, when I have some doodling in front of me. On the Sunday that I drew the following, I decided I wanted to work on some fundamental techniques.

Hatching

Oh hatching, you and I are barely acquainted, We don’t particularly get along, but I would like to know you better. This doodle was done at the suggestion of MrE who said I should make shapes using hatching instead of outlines. I don’t know if this is what he was envisioning, but its a start at practicing the subtle art of crosshatch.

Rain and fronds and no outlines.

Rain and fronds and no outlines.

I think for a future attempt at hatching I will divide one page of my sketchbook into sections and make smaller studies.

Sophisticated Media

I am a Sunday-school teacher for the 3-turning-4 age group, which means the lessons are very simple and there is plenty of times for crafts. There is usually some sort of coloring activity, and I decided I should post my example. The lesson was about the importance of animals and what it means to be a good steward, although not in those terms since explaining what a steward is is difficult enough when speaking to an adult. Since no one can withstand the allure of a fluffy bunny, that is what we colored, using crayons of course!

I wish I had these exact colors in markers--that's the great thing about crayons.

I wish I had these exact colors in markers–that’s the great thing about crayons.

This was great fun, and the kids thought it was cool to see such a crazy bunny.