Replacing Tires Isn’t All Fun and Games

It’s been a while since I posted some furry awesomeness. So here ya go!

Catpile! plus one

Catpile! plus one

As for this week’s doodles, it is almost a month old, but I have had other, more exciting things to post. I drew this while having my car’s tires replaced, since they had about as much tread as a peach. I bought them just in time since the very next day it snowed and I needed to make a screeching stop when I realized the car in front of me was stopped but did not have any working brake lights. This is from my tiny Moleskine notebook, despite the large size of the image. I love how it is mostly rectangular except for a few little bits that poke out. It’s rebelling I’m sure.

Good asymmetrical awesome

Good asymmetrical awesome

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.

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!

Crazy Colors and Intense Patterned Flowers

This doodle was made in the same vein as a previous example that was based on some awesome felt flowers made by another blogger. However, the background of this doodle is uniform and there are a fewer flowers. I did use a little more patterns within the flower shapes, and tried to use some different color combinations.

AHH! My eyes!

AHH! My eyes!

I completed the background before tackling the flowers several weeks later. It was kind of fun trying to create cool new color schemes for each flower. My favorite one is the green 8-pointed star. The flower in the lower left-corner is too dark, but now I know those colors don’t work particularly well.

A while back, MrE got a giant teddy bear at Costco so Krypto could play with it/gut its innards. That hasn’t happened yet, but Tony does like to snuggle up with it occasionally.

This photo makes Tony look like he only has one weird leg.

This photo makes Tony look like he only has one weird leg.

The Simplicity of Black and White

Working with colors is something that I have historically been hesitant to do because black and white is so much easier. Its been really great to work on my own understanding of color choice and balancing hues for an overall compositional effect. One of my biggest problems in art school was using too many colors that did not share a unifying theme between them. It is almost impossible to get black and white wrong (not that I haven’t done that too). So, just to see how far I’ve progressed since I started doing this doodle project, I decided to make a traditional-style zen-ish doodle.

Tried out some new patterns and of course, added paisley.

Tried out some new patterns and of course, added paisley.

Also, Kittens

Maybe one of these days I’ll take some inspiration from one of the adorable pets in my life. It has sure been fun having the kittens with us so we could marvel at their cuteness!

She's just so adorable. Why can't we keep all the kittens ever?!

She’s just so adorable. Why can’t we keep all the kittens ever?!

Toe Beans. Nuff said.

Toe Beans. Nuff said.

They are getting so big! They barely fit on the window ledge.

They are so big! They barely fit on the window ledge.

 

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.

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?