Wednesday, March 7, 2012
i doodle, do you?
Hi Sandi, Welcome. ;-)
I crack myself up. But you guys know that.
I've been doodling in earnest for about six months. Of course, I've doodled all my life, during school my notebooks were covered with boys names (big surprise, eh?) and swirls and squiggles... while on hold at work I draw flowers and boxes... I know I'm not alone - I'll bet a lot of you do it. But the real 'doodle' stuff started last summer. I grabbed a flat canvas panel, some Copics, a cup of coffee (major requirement for my doodling) and I hit my deck to draw. That afternoon resulted in my first real art doodle...
I don't consider the flowers themselves a doodle. It's what I did INSIDE the petals and centers - THAT is (in MY opinion) a doodle.
I set my doodles aside for a while, and took some online classes, learning some drawing and sketching techniques. I learned about different markers and pencils... their strengths and weaknesses, and that sometimes it's not much more than a personal opinion on what's a good tool.
What's great about doodling is that it's a low overhead, paper and markers are all you really need.
One day, while taking Joanne Sharpe's Letter Love class (highly recommended - you should do it) I took a break from learning alphas, and doodled a sun in my Letter Love book. It was a cold, dark day and I needed sun. My doodle took on a life of it's own, and once I colored it in, it warmed me nicely.
The sun got a lot of attention, and some queries on how I did it. My answer was "I just doodled it."
Once I started doing this type of doodle, I couldn't stop. A bigger sun, a sun and moon combo, an eye... and a new one that I finished tonight - stars.
And each one garnered the same question - "how did you do that?" And finally I asked - would you guys really want to learn it? Should I have a class? And dang... I got a few yes's. So keep your eyes peeled - I will be posting info on facebook/twitter/message boards, just about anywhere I can broadcast myself. Your help in broadcasting me will help. And I will be forever grateful. ;-)
I'm looking to see how much interest there is - and if you would want to take a class from me, a comment here on the blog or on facebook would lead me in the right direction. (and as long as I don't have to make a left turn, the right direction is a good start)
I've already got video capability in the works, and ideas jotted down. I promise you it will be very reasonably priced and fun. I will do my best to behave, but banana dances may happen. Tigger + Video = ???? Fill in the blank... ;-)