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.
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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.
I think that the Muslim and Hindu tradition of abstract patterns is what is driving the current tend in Zen Doodle. If you ever want to get some great ideas, search for henna designs. Henna has been made even more popular recently I think because westerners love the idea of temporary decorations. I confess, I would love to have some henna done professionally sometime in the future.
The contours of the henna design are not quite accurate to the shape of a real leg, but whatever. I will blame that on not doing any figure drawing whatsoever in more than six years, and also because it’s hard.
I think I need to do henna sometime. Its great!
Feet are awesome, by the way, especially my feet, but unfortunately, these are not my feet. Although not even I would create a Facebook group dedicated to taking secret pictures of women’s feet (which I encountered on my search for cool henna designs). Creepy.
Breaking News!: I have been doing so well keeping up with upcoming doodles that I will be updating by blag every weekday! This means Mon-Fri doodle extravaganza! Plus of course cute critters with every post. Happy doodling! ~Ducky
When I showed this doodle to MrE, he remarked that it looked like it had taken several days to complete. It was not until I figured out how long I had actually spent finishing the doodle that I realized he may have been more correct than I had originally thought. To me, this doodle looks very simple, especially compared with some of my most recent work, but it did take all of three and a half hour to color in. I guess that’s why I was able to listen to three entire episodes of Top Gear on my laptop while I doodled.
With the mixed results from my last all-grey doodle, I wanted to make sure this one had proper balance between light and dark tones. I certainly like the finished product much better than the original sketch.
I kept the patterns I used to a minimum for more consistency.
I’m still not at all sure why this took so long to complete. Maybe it just seems like a long time because there was no color. Next up is some felt flower-button inspired work, then onto more state flower doodles!
Grey is a little boring, unless its the color of the cutest Cat-in-a-Hat ever! Percy was so adorable and tiny.
He hasn’t quite got the premise of being a cat in a hat, but it’s close enough.
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).
To continue with more minimalististic doodles, here is this heavily patterned doodle. This is another church-inspired drawing. It was really quick to design and finish. It’s not something that I think can necessarily stand on its own, but it would make a sweet background or something like that.
This would be an excellent tattoo. Just sayin’.
I think this is a great example of the composition progression I’ve made, especially when compared with my earliest doodles. Go me! This was right after buying a new set of sharpies. There is nothing like getting new markers to make me want to doodle.