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Sunday, July 21, 2013

DOODLE DAY JULY - DAY 21


Welcome to Day 21 of the Doodle Day July drawing challenge! I hope you're have a great time doodling. This is a stress free doodle zone so if you're looking for a high pressure drawing challenge, this is not the place for you. Yesterday, Kathryn Ault Noble posted our prompt and HAIR was very interesting. Her post included a video tutorial so if you haven't seen it yet, go check it out.

Here's the summary of posts again so if you have missed any, you are always welcome to doodle something inspired by another day's prompt -

DAY 1 - DOODLE the word "DOODLE"
DAY 2  - SKYLINE
DAY 3 - MANDALA
DAY 4 - SPARKLE
DAY 5 - SWING
DAY 6 - SAD
DAY 7 - STORM
DAY 8 - NOTAN
DAY 9 - DUCKLING
DAY 10 - PICNIC
DAY 11 - CRUSTACEAN
DAY 12 - ROBOT
DAY 13 - CAR
DAY 14 - CLOUD
DAY 15 - DANCE
DAY 16 - WORDLES
DAY 17 - ROCK
DAY 18 - BOOK
DAY 19 - KITE
DAY 20 - HAIR

Today's prompt is more general - more open.

BOX

Draw a box.

It can be open, closed, stacked, wrapped, flat, 3-dimensional, ...

A box means something special to me. A gift, a storage place for special things, a place for memories, a place to toss things you no longer need, a favorite food might be packaged or stored in a box. A box is a golden place for imagination. A box can become anything - a car, a restaurant, a fort, a boat, a cage, a truck, a lemonade stand...

I have been working on an animation for a few months and it centers around a box. One box that I believe we all have. I will post it to the group when it is done (sorry, that will not be today).

If you don't know how to draw a cube in 3D, here is a tutorial by Mark Kistler:


Your box does NOT have to be 3 dimensional or in perspective. Straight on is fine.

That said, ...
I have a degree in City Planning so drafting comes easy for me and may be more challenging for other doodlers so here is a reference photo for 1 point perspective and a photo for 2 point perspective.

Tip: Draw a horizon line, decide one or two points and then when drawing your box, the lines that would be parallel to the floor angle toward the point or points. I used 1 point perspective on the skyline prompt.


Here are some reference photos of other boxes:





There is a wonderful picture book called NOT A BOX written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis that shows some of the things that a child believes his box has become.


If this prompt doesn't inspire you - go ahead and think outside the box. : )

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