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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Doodle Day: Animals with a Twist - July 14-20


Doodle Day is a daily drawing challenge and we just finished our 3rd week of Animals With a Twist. This supportive community of doodlers now has over 500 participants from around the world! We have ages 4 to 84 and everyone from teachers, parents, children, friends, friends of friends, writers, and artists of all skill levels. Hanging out with other doodlers is one of my favorite things to do so scroll down and check out my doodles for the week. Then, pick up a pencil and try creating some animals doodles for yourself.

To see my Animal Doodles from Week 1, click HERE.
To see my Animal Doodles from Week 2, click HERE.

Here are my doodles for Week3 :

PARROT
 
 
This one wasn't for a prompt. Just felt like my life was balancing act and had to doodle it.
 
 
CHIMPANZEE

ELEPHANT
 
GIRAFFE

ANY AQUARIUM CREATURE
I chose to do SEA OTTERS.
 
KANGAROO

I had a lot of fun doodling the first KANGAROO scene so I did a couple more pages in my sketchbook.
KANGAROO DISCOVERY
 

KANGAROO LEAFROG!
 
LEMUR - I chose to doodle RING TAILED LEMUR
 
If you like to doodle and want to start participating in Doodle Day, join our Facebook Group page to become part of the doodling community!
 
If you still aren't sure if Doodle Day is for you - check out this video!
 


Come back to my blog next weekend to check out another week of ANIMALS WITH A TWIST.
 
If you want to see more of my doodles and illustrations, check out my ONLINE PORTFOLIO.
You can also find me on TWITTER @AlisonHertz, GOOGLE+, PINTEREST, and FACEBOOK.
 
If Doodle Day looks like something you would enjoy participating in, CLICK HERE to go to the Facebook group where I post the prompts and more than 300 doodlers share their doodles.
 
Post a comment or suggest a Doodle theme (just keep it family friendly). : )
 
Have fun!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Doodle Day: Animals with a Twist - July 7-13

 Welcome to my summary of the second week of Animals with a Twist month at Doodle Day!

Deer

Rabbit
 

Raccoon
 
Possum
 
Squirrel
 

Another Squirrel
 
Snake

Panda
 
Come back to my blog next weekend to check out another week of ANIMALS WITH A TWIST.
 
If you want to see more of my doodles and illustrations, check out my ONLINE PORTFOLIO.
You can also find me on TWITTER @AlisonHertz, GOOGLE+, PINTEREST, and FACEBOOK.
 
If Doodle Day looks like something you would enjoy participating in, CLICK HERE to go to the Facebook group where I post the prompts and more than 300 doodlers share their doodles.
 
Post a comment or suggest a Doodle theme (just keep it family friendly). : )
 
Have fun!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Doodle Day: Animals with a Twist - July 1-6


Welcome to my blog! Hard to believe that we are already into July but I'm loving this month's Doodle Day theme. ANIMALS WITH A TWIST. What does that mean? I've posted our prompt list with a different animal each day and I've posted a second list with themes like Fantasy, Sci Fi, Contest, Family, Event, Historical, ... Doodlers are asked to either doodle just the animal or the animal inspired by a theme from the list or any other they come up with. I was traveling at the beginning of the month so I was doodling without my computer and therefore without reference but scroll down to check out my first 6 days of doodles for July...

BIG DOG
 
SMALL DOG

LONG HAIRED CAT


SHORT HAIRED CAT
 
FISH

SQUIRREL
 

Come back to my blog next weekend to check out another week of ANIMALS WITH A TWIST.
 
If you want to see more of my doodles and illustrations, check out my ONLINE PORTFOLIO.
You can also find me on TWITTER @AlisonHertz, GOOGLE+, PINTEREST, and FACEBOOK.
 
If Doodle Day looks like something you would enjoy participating in, CLICK HERE to go to the Facebook group where I post the prompts and more than 300 doodlers share their doodles.
 
Post a comment or suggest a Doodle theme (just keep it family friendly). : )

Monday, June 16, 2014

Doodle Day June 1-15 Sumary



The theme this month is MULTICULTURAL.  Art directors have asked that illustrators include characters from an assortment of cultures in our portfolios and editors are looking for characters and stories that embrace diversity. Each day this month, our doodle prompt is a country. We can doodle a flag, a character dressed in clothing commonly worn there, something from this country in history, food eaten there, something from this country in the future, plants, animals, landscape from a region of this country, a building or monument in this country, a character doing something that is a popular activity in this country, etc... I posted on the Doodle Day group page asking that doodlers please, "be culturally aware. Do not jump to a stereotypical image. Do not use personal bias to doodle something inappropriate. Do not insult others who may be from that country. Understand that we have 300 + doodlers in the Doodle Day community from all around the world. Sensitivity is important."

We are in the middle of June and summer is already flying by. My children are out of school which translates to lots of time at the pool, teaching them to ride bikes, working in the garden, and doing bunches of other fun summer activities with them. What it also means is less time for me to doodle, draw, illustrate, create, and write, but that's okay. That said, even though I've had less time to work on doodles, portfolio pieces and other submission quality work, I have been busy on a fairly new artistic adventure that I'll post about another day.

Without further spillage of all that is on my mind, here are my MULTICULTURAL doodles so far this month:

CHINA
 
SOUTH AFRICA

HONDURAS
 

LITHUANIA
 

AUSTRALIA

TAHITI
 
ANCIENT EGYPT

ITALY
 
IRELAND
 
JAMAICA
 

ISRAEL
 
Come back soon for to see more of my Daily Doodles...
 
Leave a comment if you have ideas for more family friendly doodle themes or prompts!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

May 12-31, 2014 Doodle Day Summary


With school ending and summer starting, May has been a super busy month! The theme in Doodle Day has been NATURE and the doodles have been fantastic! Our online doodle community is up to 302 members from around the world. It is soo fun to wake up and check the posts to see what has been shared from the other side of the world overnight.

Here are my doodles from May 12 to May 31st:

DOGWOOD

PRECIPICE

ROCK
 
FOREST
 
DESERT
 
DAISY
 
I heard birds chirping outside my window and imagined what they could look like.
 
CAMELLIA
 
EUCALYPTUS (made me think of Koala)

 
 
APPLE (reminded me of when Mitzy would jump to get apples)

WEEPING WILLOW
 
PEACH
 
 
 ROSEMARY
 
LEMON
 
 
PICKLE

MUSHROOM

TROPICAL
ARCTIC

I also painting a couple of canvases in the last few days but I'll create a separate post to show those. 
 
 
Our theme for June is WORLD CULTURES so join or stay tuned for doodles representing something from 30 different countries. If you are not a member of Doodle Day but you are interested in joining, click HERE to join the Facebook Group. Whether you are an artist using doodles as a warm up or think you can't draw a straight line with a ruler (but would like to try), this group is for you.