It’s been a while since I posted some furry awesomeness. So here ya go!
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
A few weeks ago I sang in the church choir, which means that I didn’t want to bring my large sketchbook like I normally do. (As an aside, I have found that sketching during church sermons is the best way I’ve found to pay better attention. This seems counter intuitive, but for me, doodling is somewhat of a brainless activity, at least once I have the focus drawn. If I were to play Angry Birds during church [not that I would EVER do something like THAT], I focus on the game rather than listening to the speaker and keeping my hands busy. I think this is what other people discovered in school with notebook doodles.)
I did quite a few drawings in my Moleskine. They aren’t typical doodles. These two are potential Ducky Doodles logos. I decided I need some business cards, and what better way to design a card than with a doodle!
I like the idea of this duck, but the execution leaves something to be desired. Maybe I’ll come back to this concept.
Squid duck/speedy swimmer.
Becaise of the nature of my Moleskine, I don’t always have the ability to use larger markers to spot the blacks or fill in with other colors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I decided to make a sketch of this twig in my Moleskine.
Poor cotton. You are so ugly
I also took a little image to illustrate the size this tiny sketchbook actually is:
I do have big hands, it has to be said.
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
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.