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.
Several days ago I posted some pictures of some white, canvas shoes I customized with black sharpie. I’m still in the process of completing an additional pair, but I have also completely finished a third set.
These shoes I used the rubbing alcohol bleed method first to add some funky color, then drew a doodle over them. I can’t really take the credit for coming up with any of these ideas, but I do take the credit for actually going out and doing it. These were the shoes that fit the best when I purchased them and I wanted to make them extra special. I’ve been having a love affair with orange in the recent months, so of course I used all fiery colors for the sharpie bleed.
I completed the right shoes first, and learned some stuff about what does and does not look good. As a result, I like the left shoe way more. Oh well.
Many people have shown interest in this kind of work, and I’m trying to figure out a way to sell them. The problem is the actual shoes. All the shoes I’ve worked on have been cheap, grocery superstore purchases which means they aren’t particularly comfortable. If I were to make these for people to purchase, I would need more reliably comfortable shoes and a way to accurately size people before they ordered. Perhaps I shall investigate similar Etsy products to see what they do.
Sorry for the red blurry thing. I took this image with my iPad. The coloring bit was pretty fun, but next time I would certainly use an eye dropper instead of a drippy paper towel to apply the rubbing alcohol.
Original white on the right, Orange Tie Die on Left
One shoe done, one to go
Unlike the other shoes, which were mirror images (or at least, as symmetrical as I could make them without spending a million years doing pre-drawings), these shoes have completely different patterns.
Tongues w/out laces
Not all doodles are as polished as others. This is to be expected since the doodling is mostly a way for me to experiment and simply to keep me drawing and creating.
That being said, it is a little disappointing when I do a crazy thing and it doesn’t quite turn out the way I was envisioning in my head. For this drawing, I decided to use only curvy lines, at least for the initial sketch. I used angles to fill in around the shapes at the end. These shapes remind me of sea foliage and/or monsters of the deep. The main problem in my eyes is there isn’t any true focal point. This means that when you look at it, your eye isn’t really directed from one point to another. Good to know, but crazy all the same.
Better from far away.
Ironically, right after I typed that last line and went to insert the image into the post, I realized it looks pretty good when it’s a thumbnail:
All in all, there are some intriguing color combinations I’ll have to remember for future use.
The poor lily, it’s probably one of the most universal and recognizable flowers ( I imagine) but it gets no love in an official capacity. Water lilies and lilies-of-the-valley are the official flower of several countries including Sri Lanka, Italy, Guyana, and Finland. One would think that one of the States would have it’s flower be a lily, but no, one would be wrong. Utah of course has the Sego Lily, which isn’t quite the same thing. I suppose the lily is not official because it is not native to any particular state. The only country I could find that used the Lily as it’s official floral emblem is….wait for it….
Even then, it’s not really official, like US state flowers are official (The rose is the official USA flower. Lame. That can’t have been native.).
I decided I needed to support Kazakhstan anyway and drew a lily, but mostly I drew it because I think lilies are quite pretty.
We forgive you Lily, for not being official
I like to think my Prismacolor marker skills are improving, but I also think many of my most recent compositions have been good as well.
In ‘Murica, every day is a good day to be patriotic, which is why this doodle gets to go up now, rather than waiting for July (and I missed President’s Day). The colors I had weren’t completely right, but we make do here in the good ol’ U S of A. It was a fun and relaxing drawing to color, unlike any of the flower doodles. You can’t really tell in the scan, or real life for that matter, but I did use some white paint marker to brighten up the white stripey things.
Red White and Blue Esplode
Neither MrE nor myself have ever been to the US State of Maine. This isn’t so astonishing for my case, but my husband has been to 48 out of all 50 states, so far.
When looking up all the state flowers, I had a little laugh because the flower for Maine is the White Pine Cone. Which seem pretty darn lame. In fact, The pine cones in this doodle aren’t even from White Pine trees because I think they are not as cool looking as other species. Case in point:
It has no sense of proper golden rule proportions, so I just found pictures of pine cones I thought looked neat to use as references instead.
Despite being brown and brittle, these pine cones turned out amazing! And that is when I decided maybe Maine had a good idea after all. Maybe. I would like to say that Prismacolor markers are stupendous. I would still like a handful of colors I don’t have yet, but the versatility and ability to blend with them is fantastic.
There is something so cool about clockworks and gears. I’m sure the entire steam-punk movement has been based on people’s love of the beautiful and perfect way gears fit and work together, totally unlike my doodle. Who even knows what these mechanical works are doing. It’s probably some crazy clock factory explosion that has been captured in doodle form.
It is growing increasingly difficult to pick color combinations I’ve never used before despite the fact that I now have one million colors. I’ve been thinking I need to go buy MORE markers, but they are just so expensive. Maybe I’ll start doing it one at a time with a 40% off coupon. These colors are distinctly muted and remind me very much of army fatigues. I almost wished I had done it in simple black and white since there isn’t really a focal point, but live and learn I suppose.
I wished I had some rust red, but I went with army colors instead.
Next up are some more flower doodles, and possibly something a little larger. You will just have to wait and see what I can finish next.
My mom has wanted me to display my artwork in the Library she works at, pretty much forever, and now I have a giant portfolio of doodles! I will be hanging up may favorites, after I frame them, and hoping the people of Parker Colorado appreciate the Ducky doods. This will be my first solo art show, and it’s pretty dang exciting.
I Keel You, Enemy Flora!
I like to think this doodle is a snapshot in the battle betwixt two rival plant chiefs. The many legged flower obviously has the advantage in reach, but the Tuscan Rose flower has super pink bubble powers. We shall never know which flower was vanquished and which was declared the ruler of all the Earth.
This is what happens when the people die and the plants rule the world.
One of the things that is often confusing for the casual artist or art observer is understanding the meaning of abstract. The precise definition is not really important for everyday life, but it is something that one runs into when going to a museum, gallery, or schoolroom.
Two Main Types of Art
Understand what abstract is, is easiest when a person understands the opposite of abstract. In the case of art it the opposite of abstract is representational. When something is representational, it represents something. In the case of this Picasso portrait, it clearly represents a woman wearing a hat. “But, it is abstract!”, you may say. In fact, almost all Picasso paintings and sculptures are not abstract, but at the same time, they do not represent their subjects in a strictly realistic way. The style in the following painting is called Cubism, but that is a lesson for another day.
Oh, Cubism. Y U so confusing?!
True abstract art does not represent anything seen in either the natural or imaginative worlds (sorry unicorns). Abstract art may remind the viewer of something, like a sunset or a tree, but its very nature in non-representational. (Muslim art is almost entirely abstract since portraying the prophet Mohamed and other important religious figures is against the religion’s beliefs.) A great example of a painter who almost exclusively paints abstractly is Jackson Pollock. Many people do not hide their disdain for Pollock’s work because it looks like paint splatters, and in a way it is , but in another way it is much more than merely streaks and globs of house paint. I like Picasso and Pollock, not because their work is the most amazing and beautiful art ever created by man, but because it pushed the boundaries and experimented with new techniques and concepts. Its like hair rock of the painting world.
I detect no representational things.
My Own Work
For the most part, my doodles are representational. Most have a flower or feather or something that can be directly compared and recognized as something from the world. Today’s doodle, however, has only two slight flower things, and the rest is just geometric and free-flowing shapes, and of course, a duck. I’m very pleased with my color choices for this doodle. I find that I love orange and want to include it in all my drawings.
More abstract than usual
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.
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!