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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Doodle Day 2014: February Creature Month - Week 3

I had a fabulous week of projects. I doodled Duck/Dog doing a bunch of different things, worked on a puzzle sketch that I hope will someday get into one of my favorite children's magazines, taught an art lesson about Tomie dePaola to a Kindergarten class, and painted the windows of an elementary school for Tune Out TV week and Read Across America.

If you are new to the February Challenge for Doodle Day, we are creating creatures/monsters/aliens each week. We're spending a whole week doodling each one in different poses and/or with a variety of expressions.

To see my character for Week 1 click HERE
To see my character for Week 2 click HERE

Here is my character for Week 3:

I call him Duck/Dog...


 
Duck/Dog chasing and playing chase with Duck/Cat
 
 
Totally off theme, I saw this photo of a sloth and its stuffed giraffe posted on twitter and I had to doodle it up. Here is the photo and my watercolor version.

 
 
 
Come back next week to see what I come up with for Week 4. : )
 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Doodle Day 2014: February Creature Month - Week 2



The Doodle Day drawing community is working on Creatures/Monsters/Aliens this month and we are spending an entire week on each character.
 
Here is my Creature for Week 2:
This is a combination of a Ram/Dog/Duck. I tried wings here.

I changed up the colors and curved his back here. I also changed the feet and gave him arms.

Tried a different body color again and took out the swirl of hair. I also made his eyes bigger. I gave him some action and prop to see how he would react.

Since it is really cold down here in Atlanta, I asked my character to knit a sweater.

Love is in the air for Valentine's Day so he painted a card.

 
 
Come back to see my character for week 3...
 
If you are interested in joining Doodle Day - click HERE to go to the Facebook Group page.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Doodle Day 2014 - February Creature Month

Doodle Day has been full of busy doodlers everyday since May 1st last year! Last month was Backgrounds and Scenes and this month our focus is on Creatures/Aliens/Monsters. I have asked each doodler to create a character at the beginning of each of the four weeks in February and then spend the rest of that week playing with that character. I'll update this post as I complete each week.

Here is my Creature for Week 1:

I started with a loose watercolor to figure out what shapes I wanted to combine to create my character. This is a combination of a duck and a pig with a bit of dog body. I played with uneven shaped eyes to see what it would look like.

I gave him a giant radish since he wouldn't eat a regular old carrot.


Then I spent a couple of days working on facial expressions to help me figure out who he is. I also added a blue ring to his eyes.



I spent the rest of the work playing with action and posing my character.
 
During the week, I also painted some abstract pieces with watercolor:

 
 
 Come back to see my Character for Week 2...
 
If you are interested in joining Doodle Day - click HERE to go to the Facebook Group page.