Saturday, May 11, 2013


Welcome do Doodle Day May's 11th day of drawing fun! If you are new to the group, check us out on Facebook HERE. If you want to learn more about this Doodle Challenge for the month of May - click on the original post HERE.

In honor of this weekend being spring, gardening, cleaning, organizing, and Mother's Day.

Today's prompt is Give Me a Hand.

Draw One Hand.

You can draw a child's hand, an adult hand, or even an animal paw. Any hand. You can have it holding something or doing something. I know ASL so I enjoy drawing hands that are saying something. Your hand can be attached to a person but it does not need to be. Don't overthink it. Don't worry about perfection. Go with a Michelangelo loose style or trace your hand or your child's hand or try for a tighter line. Draw a cartoon style hand or a hand with a glove on it. You can trace your hand and turn it into something or fill it with Zentangles. This prompt has no limit. Have fun with it.

Things to think about when drawing hands:
Children's fingers are much shorter than adult fingers compared to the size of the palm

Here is some of my favorite hand reference info:


Have fun!

Friday, May 10, 2013


Welcome to the Doodle Day May Challenge day 10! So far, we have done the following topics:
Day 1 - Zentangles
Day 2 - Monsters
Day 3 - Think Outside the Circle
Day 4 - Make a Face
Day 5 - Flower
Day 6 - Hat
Day 7 - Dog
Day 8 - Tree
Day 9 - Critters

If you are interested in joining this challenge, leave a comment or join the Facebook Group page. If you want to see the introduction post about this New Challenge. Click HERE.

The challengers have been doodling everything from shapes to people to animals to trees and flowers. For today, I want to take you all back to the basics - the definition of a doodle is to absentmindedly create a drawing. Just go with it.

Today's prompt is the essential, basic LINE.

Draw One-Continuous-Line

Your line can be straight, curvy, zig-zag, thick or thin. Your line can create an abstract picture or form something recognizable. This is truly a let your arm go type of drawing so I don't want anyone stressing about it. Below are examples of Abstract and Recognizable continuous line drawings. There is no right or wrong here - your line can cross itself or not. How challenging you make this is up to you. When I gave this type of task to my students, part of it was that they could not cross their own line - it took hand-eye coordination to control the line. They crumbled up many sheets of drawing paper. This doodling challenge is stress free so you do not have to undertake that element of the continuous line prompt.

Here are examples of Abstract Continuous Line Drawings:

Here are examples of Recognizable Continuous Line Drawings:

Have fun with this and see where the line takes you.


Thursday, May 9, 2013


Welcome to Doodle Day May's 9th day! Congratulations to all of you who have been doodling every day. If you are new to this challenge, you can learn about it on the first post HERE. If you would like to join the Doodling Challenge - the Facebook Group page is HERE. I post a daily prompt but you never have to follow it. These prompts are just to provide an idea for those getting anxiety when they see a blank page or those wanting to try something new. A doodle can take 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes or even up to an hour. If you are spending more than an hour, it is not a doodle - it is a masterpiece and you are trying too hard. Don't worry about it. Just put your pencil to the page and see where it takes you. This is a stress free doodle zone.

I had so much fun doodling a Dwarf Hamster that I saw at the petstore yesterday that I want to continue the fun and see what all of you creative doodlers come up with so...

Today's prompt is Critter.

Draw one small furry animal.

This means any small and furry creature - such as mice, gerbils, hamsters, bunnies, ferrets, groundhogs, ... I'm talking smaller than a bread box but I'm not a stickler so go big and furry if you really want to.

Think about: ears, snouts, whiskers, tails, how long is the fur/hair, teeth, feet, ...
Does it stand on 2 legs or 4

Come up with your own furry critter if you want to explore a bit.

Here are some furry little critters for reference:

Have fun!
If you want to check out the DOODLE DAY MAY doodle prompts for Days 1-8, here are the links:

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Welcome to DOODLE DAY MAY - Day 8! If you have been a part of this challenge from the beginning, you have been creating a doodle each day for over a week! Fantastic. This group is so creative. The doodles getting posted on the Facebook group page are truly fabulous. Doodling is a great way to relieve stress. Don't worry too much about your finished drawing, just put your pencil to the paper and see where it goes. I would say to close your eyes, but that would be pushing it.

I grew up in the woodsy suburb of Chicago, Riverwoods, Illinois, and feel calm and safe amidst the quiet of the trees. In honor of the "safe" feeling of this group of doodlers,...

Today's doodle prompt is TREE.

When drawing a tree, think about:
the trunk
the leaves
the size
the color
how twisty it is
how narrow or wide the branches are
the overall shape of the tree
Are there any animals living in it or on it?
Is there fruit or flowers growing on it?
What season is it? Have the leaves fallen off or changed color?

Here are some trees for reference:

Have fun!