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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Doodle Day: April 2014 Week 4 and a CONTEST

We just finished up the 4th week of April doodles. We started off with heading back to the basics for some practice with hands in various positions. You can see the Hand summary post HERE. Then we spent three weeks working with one character for a week at a time. You can see my summary posts for those first two characters HERE and HERE. For this week's character consistency theme in Doodle Day, I wanted to work with a dog. Since I have a model in my studio everyday, I used my own dog, Oscar, as my character.

A variety of poses.


This is a few different breeds - just playing with angle.


Searching (and finding)
 

This is a short story of Oscar getting a haircut.
 
 
and now for the CONTEST!
 
Doodle Day officially began on May 1st, 2013 so we approaching our 1 year Anniversary Celebration!!! Thank you to all of the doodlers out there who have been doodling along with me. I'm sure that your drawing skills have improved, your stress level has decreased, and your creativity is flowing. To say thank you to the Doodle Day participants, I have a contest posted below. The more entries, the more chances to win* Doodle Day stuff from the Doodle Day store.
Click HERE to go directly to the Doodle Day store.
 
Let's spread the word about Doodle Day!
*you must be a member of the Doodle Day group on Facebook to win so if you are not Doodling with us, join our community and begin! JOIN HERE
 
 
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 2014: Doodle Day Week 3 Character Consistency

I planned to spend the week doodling another little science girl but life can change your plans so you have to modify your direction. Last week, my character was into chemistry and you can see those doodles HERE. This week, I wanted to work on a little girl who is into animals and biology. I started off with some doodles of her with a stack of books, looking through a microscope, and using a magnifying glass. Then I doodled her looking at bugs in three different poses. But then... my elderly dog passed away on Monday. My sadness took over my character. My biology character became emotional and instead of poses and actions, my own emotions forced me to draw her with emotion.

Here are my doodles from the week:

 

 
 
 
 


Come back soon to check out the character that I play with all this week.
If you like to draw and want to join a supportive community of doodlers, Doodle Day has daily prompts for doodling. You can go to the Facebook Group page HERE.
Have questions or comments? Go ahead and type a message below...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

April 2014 Doodle Day Week 2: Character Consistency

This month in Doodle Day, we started off with a week of working on HANDS in different positions. Hands are difficult to draw but when it is a doodle, the pressure for perfection is off. You can see my post of the hands I doodled HERE.

For the other 3 weeks this month, we are focusing on CHARACTER CONSISTENCY. The prompt is to create a character at the beginning of each week and then doodle that character in different poses/actions or with a variety of facial expressions for the whole week.

This is my Character for Week 1:


                     

 
 



Her bedroom


Breakfast Science
Running (away) and Jumping (away)

Eating
I'm not sure what my next character will be - I never know until I sit down and open my sketchbook to a new page. Come back next week to check out my next character.
If you are not a current member of Doodle Day, the daily drawing challenge and community on Facebook and Twitter, you can check join HERE.
Go ahead and leave any comments or questions below. I love to get feedback on my doodles.




Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 2014 - Week 1 Doodles



While attending the Southern Breeze Illustrator's Day and Springmingle Conference in Atlanta last weekend, I learned from some amazing Art Director's. During the super speedy 2 minute portfolio critiques, these Art Director's expressed what was missing, what they liked, and what they wanted to see more of from illustrator's. Hands. They want to know that illustrators can draw hands. They said a lot of illustrators need to get back to the basics and practice drawing hands in various positions. The ADs also said that portfolios need to show Consistency of Character. They want to see that we can carry a character through an entire book so we need to demonstrate the ability to draw the same character in different poses, views, and actions. I listened and I took this information back to the Doodle Day online daily drawing challenge community.

For the first week of April, all of the doodle prompts were about hands in different poses. Here are a few of my hand doodles:
Fist, pinch, point...

Hand holding something



The prompt was to doodle a hand in an ASL finger spelling position.
If you aren't familiar with American Sign Language - this says D O O D L E.
Starting today, we are working on Consistency of Character. The doodle prompt is to create a character (human or animal is up to the doodler) and focus on that character all week. Each prompt is a pose or action but the idea and goal is to continue doodling the same character that we come up with today. Don't spend too much time on these - we aren't creating portfolio pieces, just sketches/doodles. Get your ideas down on the page - think rough. Good luck and have fun!
If you are not a member of Doodle Day and this daily drawing challenge community sounds interesting to you, CLICK HERE to join.
 
 


Thursday, April 3, 2014

March 2014 Doodles

Lots of excitement in March so I didn't stick with all the prompts that I posted for our Interactions theme in March but I was drawing and doodling and painting every day to revise a book dummy, update my portfolio, and work on a project for a potential client. Here are my March doodles...

Reading with...

Meeting...

Leaving...

Helping...

Lifting up...
 
Knocking down...

Riding on...
 
 
Surprised...

Pushing...

Pulling...




Pi Day on March 14th...
 
Discovering the creature under the bed...


First day of spring...


Dummy sketch

Dancing together...


Two watercolor scenes for a pb dummy I'm working on...
 
 
Illustrator's Day 2014 - I got lost on the way and was a few minutes late. I doodled this drawing of how I felt when I got there as soon as I sat down to listen to the first speaker...
 
The theme for April in Doodle Day is Hands and then Consistency of Character so if you aren't already doodling with us, come join us at DOODLE DAY.
 
Have an idea for a theme we should use for a month of doodles? Post it in the comments. Have any comments or questions, post them here, too.