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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.
 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

May 1-11, 2014 Doodle Day Summary


May is not only the 1 year anniversary celebration of Doodle Day but this month's theme is NATURE! After spending months creating characters and settings it is nice to get back to the simplicity of looking at a leaf or a flower or a nest.

Here are my doodles for the first 11 days of May:


MAY 1ST DOODLE DAY ANNIVERSARY

HAPPY 1 YEAR BIRTHDAY DOODLE DAY
 
BIRCH

CALLA LILLY
 
CINCO DE MAYO

NEST

OAK

ROSE
 
BIRDS OF PARADISE 

JACK IN THE PULPIT
 
CAVE OR CAVERN
 
Come back next weekend to see this week's doodles!
If you want to join the Doodle Day drawing challenge, click HERE.
 
Have fun!
 
 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Doodle Day Giveaway Winners!



I'm soo excited to announce the official winners of the Doodle Day Giveaway Winners! Without further delay, please congratulate:

Doodle Day Button:
Dani Duck!
Yvonne Mes!
Louann Brown!
 
Doodle Day Mug:
Jerry Bennett!
 
and the Grand Prize of a Doodle Day t-shirt goes to:
Mary Flynn!

Congratulations to all of you and thank you to everyone else who entered and shared Doodle Day with the world.

Winners, please email me your mailing address at Alison@AlisonHertz.com. Mary, please let me know what size t-shirt to send.

If anyone would like to order Doodle Day SWAG on their own, click here: Doodle Day Store.

Coming soon - New Banner Designs - I will ask Doodlers if I can use one of his or her doodles for our group banner and change the design ever few weeks. You are also welcome to create doodles specifically for the Doodle Day Banner.

We are just starting out with Nature Month today. Now, I'm off to doodle some Lilies.

Keep Doodling!
-Alison

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Happy Anniversary Doodle Day!

Woo hoo! Today is May 1st and that means that the Doodle Day drawing challenge has been going on every day for an entire year. We (my then 5 year old and I) started the Doodle Day challenge last year as a 1 month event called Doodle Day May in which Erin and I would create a doodle each day based on the same drawing prompt. I had already been doodling every day since October of 2012 (Thank you, Debbie Ohi and Linda Sylvestri for inspiring those 2012 daily doodles) and Erin was already carrying her pink sketchbook to preschool every day to use during nap time so drawing together seemed natural.

We started with Erin and I and 60 other people from around the world who wanted to join us and now, a year later, we have 275 doodlers in the Facebook Group and a few hundred others who email me directly to let me know how their doodling is going. We have had whole classes of preschoolers doodling. We have had a third grade class use doodling as their daily starter. We have teachers, children, artists, parents, friends, and friends of friends. We have everyone from doodlers who told me that they can't draw a straight line with a ruler to professional illustrators.

The amazing thing about this community is that everyone is soo supportive of each others drawings. The comments are about what people like about drawing and suggestions for making the doodles better. We also post about contests, art blogs, Pinterest boards for inspiration, drawing classes, drawing videos, drawing tutorials, programs, products, media, and books about drawing.

Happy Anniversary Doodle Day and thank you to all of the doodling participants
in the Doodle Day challenge.


The first Doodle Day logo

Doodle Notan
 
The Doodle Day Logo
 
 
 
If you want to join the Doodle Day drawing challenge, click HERE to join the Facebook Group.
 
I hope you will continue to doodle with me!
-Alison