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.

I’ve Got Georgia on My Mind

For my latest state flower doodle, I have chosen Georgia since it is one of the states where MrE has lived. Their state flower is the Cherokee Rose, also called Rosa Laevigata. There is an Indian folk tale concerning this flower, and it is said that they bloom the entire length of the Trail of Tears. It is a delicate and pretty flower, which called for a little different style doodle than usual.

Grey markers strike again!

Grey markers strike again!

This doodle was one of my more structured projects, and I even used straight edges and French curves for a few of the major details. Since the flowers are white, I thought it would be good to leave the other doodle shapes pale as well. I goofed on the of the flowers though, and used some white paint pen to cover it. The green leaves actually look much better in the photograph than they do in real life. Go figure.

Lazy Bones Kitty Cat

Since Georgia is famously laid back, today’s cute animal picture is Tony, chilling and waiting patiently for a tummy rub.

Feet up and ready for the petting to commence.

Feet up and ready for the petting to commence.

 

Update on Past Doodle Challenge

A few posts ago, I shared some pictures of doodles that I never finished, mainly because I was all colored-out for a time, but also because I did not like the doodles in the first place. MrE convinced me that I should go back an correct ALL of the doodles. Just to give you an idea of some of the process I go through when making one of these drawings, I decided to post the newer black-line drawings, so you could compare with the older ones if you so desire:

I'm pleased with the changes. It is 10000% better than the original drawing.

I’m pleased with the changes. It is 10000% better than the original drawing.

The composition still leaves something to be desires, but still an improvement.

The composition still leaves something to be desires, but still an improvement.

MrE and I also played another games of squiggles. I think I’m improving as far as cartooning goes, but I am but a novice compared to the Mikeler. Also notive the Homestar Runner lookalike. I’m so excited for them to start updating Homesatr Runner again!!

I did the dragon and the chameleon. Woooo. MrE did Iron Man. Of course.

I did the dragon and the chameleon. Woooo. MrE did Iron Man. Of course.

I also used my grey markers for the first time to do the outline of a future doodle. I’m not sure if i’m going to use only grey or add some color.

As a drafter, MrE is appalled by my wobbly lines.

As a drafter, MrE is appalled by my wobbly lines.

I also went back and improved a study I did in the same vein as an earlier doodle ( I actually drew the initial sketch of this before the magenta swirls, and it is only partial copying the source, instead of completely).

I declare this a successful improvement.

I declare this a successful improvement.

In the works I have the Texas State flower (Blue Bonnet) doodle and possibly will start working on Indiana (Peony–So many petals XP).

Which Line Drawings Are Worth Finishing?

I took some snapshots of all the rest of my unfinished line drawings, so far, from my sketchbook. Which, if any, should I go ahead and finish? 

Some of these attempts are laughable at best, so don’t feel bad if you think they are terrible rubbish. 

Iris

Iris

Here is the fabled Iris doodle. I may still finish this one–the drawing is good, but just so detailed. I would just marker over the words i think, or white them out. 

Gears and combs

Gears and combs

I’m not sure why I never colored this one in. It’s another one that isn’t too bad. 

Make it stop!

Make it stop!

Newp.

Newp.

Don’t like it. What was I thinking?

Meh

Meh

It’s alright. It could be so much worse.

Which do you think I sould color in? Or what can I do to make up for some of these attrocities?