On My Mind

-thoughts of a wife, mom, author, illustrator, juggler, toy designer, teacher, camp director, ...



Monday, July 28, 2014

Animals With a Twist Month - July 21-27



Welcome to my 3rd post of ANIMALS WITH A TWIST doodles! This week was a quite a varied group but just as much fun as all the others.  Scroll down to check out my doodles from the week!

HORSE
 GRYPHON

CHIMERA

OWLS
 
MORE OWLS - These were a lot of fun.
 
Erin's OWLS


WILD CATS - I chose TIGER CUBS


BEAR
 
 
HAMSTER

I doodled this last week after receiving good news about an illustration I submitted to a major press.
We have had many new doodlers join the online Doodle Day daily drawing challenge community and I am thrilled. The more people who feel the power of doodling - the better. Welcome to all of our new participants.
 
 
If you like to doodle and want to start participating in Doodle Day, join our Facebook Group page to become part of the doodling community!
 
If you still aren't sure if Doodle Day is for you - check out this video!


 

 
In addition to my own drawings this week - my daughter (co-founder of Doodle Day) attended
Mini Masters Painting Camp and here are 4 of her pieces from the week:
 
Inspired by Mondrian
Erin didn't like the "stiffness" of the straight lines so she filled her own
with an "upside down rainbow."
 
Inspired by Frida Kahlo
 
Inspired by Monet
 
Inspired by Klimt
 
Come back to my blog next weekend to check out the last week of ANIMALS WITH A TWIST.
Next month, we will be doodling Insects and Bugs and following an A to Z format - which will increase the variety of the posts.
 
If you want to see more of my doodles and illustrations, check out my ONLINE PORTFOLIO.
You can also find me on TWITTER @AlisonHertz, GOOGLE+, PINTEREST, and FACEBOOK.
 
If Doodle Day looks like something you would enjoy participating in, CLICK HERE to go to the Facebook group where I post the prompts and more than 300 doodlers share their doodles.
 
 Post a comment or suggest a Doodle theme (just keep it family friendly). : )
Have fun!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Doodle Day: Animals with a Twist - July 14-20


Doodle Day is a daily drawing challenge and we just finished our 3rd week of Animals With a Twist. This supportive community of doodlers now has over 500 participants from around the world! We have ages 4 to 84 and everyone from teachers, parents, children, friends, friends of friends, writers, and artists of all skill levels. Hanging out with other doodlers is one of my favorite things to do so scroll down and check out my doodles for the week. Then, pick up a pencil and try creating some animals doodles for yourself.

To see my Animal Doodles from Week 1, click HERE.
To see my Animal Doodles from Week 2, click HERE.

Here are my doodles for Week3 :

PARROT
 
 
This one wasn't for a prompt. Just felt like my life was balancing act and had to doodle it.
 
 
CHIMPANZEE

ELEPHANT
 
GIRAFFE

ANY AQUARIUM CREATURE
I chose to do SEA OTTERS.
 
KANGAROO

I had a lot of fun doodling the first KANGAROO scene so I did a couple more pages in my sketchbook.
KANGAROO DISCOVERY
 

KANGAROO LEAFROG!
 
LEMUR - I chose to doodle RING TAILED LEMUR
 
If you like to doodle and want to start participating in Doodle Day, join our Facebook Group page to become part of the doodling community!
 
If you still aren't sure if Doodle Day is for you - check out this video!
 


Come back to my blog next weekend to check out another week of ANIMALS WITH A TWIST.
 
If you want to see more of my doodles and illustrations, check out my ONLINE PORTFOLIO.
You can also find me on TWITTER @AlisonHertz, GOOGLE+, PINTEREST, and FACEBOOK.
 
If Doodle Day looks like something you would enjoy participating in, CLICK HERE to go to the Facebook group where I post the prompts and more than 300 doodlers share their doodles.
 
Post a comment or suggest a Doodle theme (just keep it family friendly). : )
 
Have fun!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Doodle Day: Animals with a Twist - July 7-13

 Welcome to my summary of the second week of Animals with a Twist month at Doodle Day!

Deer

Rabbit
 

Raccoon
 
Possum
 
Squirrel
 

Another Squirrel
 
Snake

Panda
 
Come back to my blog next weekend to check out another week of ANIMALS WITH A TWIST.
 
If you want to see more of my doodles and illustrations, check out my ONLINE PORTFOLIO.
You can also find me on TWITTER @AlisonHertz, GOOGLE+, PINTEREST, and FACEBOOK.
 
If Doodle Day looks like something you would enjoy participating in, CLICK HERE to go to the Facebook group where I post the prompts and more than 300 doodlers share their doodles.
 
Post a comment or suggest a Doodle theme (just keep it family friendly). : )
 
Have fun!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Doodle Day: Animals with a Twist - July 1-6


Welcome to my blog! Hard to believe that we are already into July but I'm loving this month's Doodle Day theme. ANIMALS WITH A TWIST. What does that mean? I've posted our prompt list with a different animal each day and I've posted a second list with themes like Fantasy, Sci Fi, Contest, Family, Event, Historical, ... Doodlers are asked to either doodle just the animal or the animal inspired by a theme from the list or any other they come up with. I was traveling at the beginning of the month so I was doodling without my computer and therefore without reference but scroll down to check out my first 6 days of doodles for July...

BIG DOG
 
SMALL DOG

LONG HAIRED CAT


SHORT HAIRED CAT
 
FISH

SQUIRREL
 

Come back to my blog next weekend to check out another week of ANIMALS WITH A TWIST.
 
If you want to see more of my doodles and illustrations, check out my ONLINE PORTFOLIO.
You can also find me on TWITTER @AlisonHertz, GOOGLE+, PINTEREST, and FACEBOOK.
 
If Doodle Day looks like something you would enjoy participating in, CLICK HERE to go to the Facebook group where I post the prompts and more than 300 doodlers share their doodles.
 
Post a comment or suggest a Doodle theme (just keep it family friendly). : )

Monday, June 16, 2014

Doodle Day June 1-15 Sumary



The theme this month is MULTICULTURAL.  Art directors have asked that illustrators include characters from an assortment of cultures in our portfolios and editors are looking for characters and stories that embrace diversity. Each day this month, our doodle prompt is a country. We can doodle a flag, a character dressed in clothing commonly worn there, something from this country in history, food eaten there, something from this country in the future, plants, animals, landscape from a region of this country, a building or monument in this country, a character doing something that is a popular activity in this country, etc... I posted on the Doodle Day group page asking that doodlers please, "be culturally aware. Do not jump to a stereotypical image. Do not use personal bias to doodle something inappropriate. Do not insult others who may be from that country. Understand that we have 300 + doodlers in the Doodle Day community from all around the world. Sensitivity is important."

We are in the middle of June and summer is already flying by. My children are out of school which translates to lots of time at the pool, teaching them to ride bikes, working in the garden, and doing bunches of other fun summer activities with them. What it also means is less time for me to doodle, draw, illustrate, create, and write, but that's okay. That said, even though I've had less time to work on doodles, portfolio pieces and other submission quality work, I have been busy on a fairly new artistic adventure that I'll post about another day.

Without further spillage of all that is on my mind, here are my MULTICULTURAL doodles so far this month:

CHINA
 
SOUTH AFRICA

HONDURAS
 

LITHUANIA
 

AUSTRALIA

TAHITI
 
ANCIENT EGYPT

ITALY
 
IRELAND
 
JAMAICA
 

ISRAEL
 
Come back soon for to see more of my Daily Doodles...
 
Leave a comment if you have ideas for more family friendly doodle themes or prompts!