Illinois Purple Violets…Meh…

I don’t know if I subconsciously sabotaged myself when doodling the next state flower, or if I was just having negative drawing vibes. I lived in Illinois for 7 years and I think it significantly impacted my upbringing, but Illinois as a state has nothing on Colorado. The state flower is the purple violet, and my doodle flowers aren’t entirely accurate. I discovered that purple is a crappy color to doodle with 😦 so I’m not entirely happy with this doodle, but that the whole point of this experimentation process.

Some Purple Violets and Crazy Colors

Some Purple Violets and Crazy Colors


Also, here is my kitty cat who loves to sit in my lap, keyboard, and sketchbook. His name is Sir Anthony Fluffypants AKA Tony.


He's so fluffy I'm going to die!!

He’s so fluffy I’m going to die!!


I drew the purple violets at a family get-together in Tennessee along with a sketch of the Volunteer State’s flower, the Iris. I’m not quite done filling that one in, so stay tuned!

Pink and White Camelllia

With this doodle I learned a valuable lesson: do not use both the pink and red Pilot Precise V5 pen colors in the same doodle. They are just similar enough to be jarring to the eye and it hurts to look at them for any length of time, which is tricky when trying to draw.

The camellia is Alabama’s state flower, and it is ridiculously symmetrical. I tried to find a reference to work from that did not look like it was made out of sugar to use on a wedding cake. Most of the camellias on the internet look too perfect to be nature-made.

Looking back, I should have put in some black and white hounds-tooth pattern since it is the unofficial school color of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

White and Pink Camellia and Fishy Fish

White and Pink Camellia and Fishy Fish


MrE says it looks like the fish has Spidey-Sense. I think it looks like he’s freaked out and is trying to swim a hasty retreat.

I debated whether or not to add any shading to flower, and as you see, laziness won over potentially messing up the drawing.

Color and Columbines: #6

I must have been feeling extra creative because I finished two drawings yesterday. In this one, I gave myself some new restrictions and used three different colored fixed-width pens. I depended wholly on different patterns and cross-hatching to create the diversity of line and texture. Since Columbines are totally awesome, I added a few into this latest doodle:


The Arrows Point to Doodle #4

I think I may need to set a time limit on my doodle time because its starting to cut into my writing time. And while doodling is cool, I’m not getting paid for it (yet). I do think that the doodling is helping me to expand my brain, but It could be an interesting challenge to give myself some strict parameters and see what happens.

Number 4 is heavily inspired by Avatar the Last Airbender, the cartoon and not the terribad movie. I don’t know why I like drawing arrows, but I do. This drawing gave me a little more confidence to use the whole page and to play around with concept a little bit.


Arrows and Elements

Arrows and Elements

I kind of sounds ridiculous, but there are three different kinds of arrows: light arrows, living arrows, and liquid arrows. They each represent a different “element,” as it were. It seems really new-agey, but there you have it.

I really like how the lower most portion of the design turned out, especially the fish, bubbles, and spotty arrow cluster thing. I’m not sure if making the tree black was the best choice, but one I started I couldn’t really stop.