These last few doodles are the rest of the drawings that I abandoned a few years ago then completed in these last few weeks. I know why I gave up originally, and in some ways I’m kind of surprised I was able to get something presentable out of them.
Oregon Grape Holly
The first doodle took the longest, by far, out of all my recent drawings. I wanted to use only curves instead of sharp corners, and I wanted only swirls and plants. It looks very tangley, which I like.
The second doodles is a state flower. Its Oregon Grape holly. The blossoms are quite small, about the size of a grape, and I forgot which flower it was. I was resigned to calling it a random flower until I came across the original image I used as a reference. There is some goofyness to it, but it came out all right in the end.
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
In the works I have the Texas State flower (Blue Bonnet) doodle and possibly will start working on Indiana (Peony–So many petals XP).
Last night, Mr E and I went to see the theatrical version of the 39 Steps. It was his first ever play and my second time seeing it performed. The play was totally awesome and we also played a game of squiggles beforehand and during intermission.
Lest you think that Mr E is a sociopath, I actually drew both the man being crushed by the weight of the world and the decapitated head in a pool of spit. Although technically i “won” because I stumped Mr E, He wins the prize for the most adorable doodle:
It’s a little anteater and oh boy, are those ants nervous!
I also began doodle number 5 while watching Lawrence of Arabia for the first time. Its a perfect movie to watch while drawing because of all the extended scenes with desert. I finished inking it after church today: