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

Unusual and Creepy? Just a Part of the Plan

These next sketches are more unusual than my regular flowers and swirls. It’s pretty fun to do something new, but I  find that I like the comfort and stability of flowers and swirls. They are easy and predictable.

Sea creatures and weeds.

Sea creatures and weeds.

Steam punk/industrial

Steam punk/industrial

Spiral Challenge

My dear husband is always sugesting things for me to draw, and sometimes I do in fact take his sugestions. After watching Ken Burns: The West, he sugested I write a history of myself in pictograph form and also in a spiral. He said start from the center of the page and spiral outward. I decided to try this, but not as a history, but just as a regular doodle. Maybe I’ll do something more ambitious once I know what I’m doing. I do like the aesthetics of spirals, and of course, a prominent ducky.

The pre-doodle is not actually completed, but what they hey! Onto the blog you go!

The pre-doodle is not actually completed, but what they hey! Onto the blog you go!

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.

Single Line Maze Challenge

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:

D:<

D:<

I’m not sure how I would color this doodle, so it may just stay black and white.

Dizzying

Dizzying

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.

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.

 

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.

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.