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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I remember you...


 

Those who know me well know that every year on March 18th, I write a short dedication post. I think of them on other days when there are triggers that remind me of their strength and of our loss but this day is theirs. I feel cheated like a carrot dangled in front of a horse not that they were carrots or that I was a horse but that is one of the feelings that surrounds me on March 18th (and really, for most of March). I feel suffocated, sad, scared, empty, and lonely. I know that I could take the optimistic perspective and be happy that we had a few days together and I am glad that we did but on this day, the pessimist takes over until it is difficult to breathe. I have a lot of work to do this week and I will do my best to push through but the memory of them is on my mind, in my heart, and weighs on my chest.


I Remember You...
It’s March 18th again and I'm hit with a storm full of emotions. I’m sad. I feel cheated. I wish I could turn back time but don’t want to go through that again. I didn’t have a lot of time to get to know you and yet I did know you. I talked to you. I held you. I listened to you. I even saw you before this day, but on March 18th, you looked at me for the first time. You squeezed my finger. People have asked and I have no answers. I don’t know what happened. I don’t think that I did anything wrong but I can’t help but feel that I must have because I lost you. You would be ten today. I remember you and I will light a candle for you today.


Those who have no idea what I'm talking about or who this post is dedicated to may not have known me in 2004 or heard about this since then. You can read last year's dedication post by clicking HERE.

Mourner’s Kaddish
Yitgadal v’yitkadash sh’mei raba b’alma di v’ra khir’utei, v’yamlikh malkhutei b’hayeikhon u-v’yomeikhon u-v’hayei d’khol beit yisrael, ba-agala u-vi-z’mon kariv v’imru amen.
Y’hei sh’mei raba m’varakh l’alam u-l’almei almaya.
Yitbarakh v’yishtabah v’yitpa’ar v’yitromam v’yitnase, v’yit-hadar v’yit-aleh v’yit-halal sh’mei d’kudsha, b’rikh hu l’ela (l’ela mi-kol) min kol birkhata v’shirata, tushb’hata v’nehemata da-amiran b’alma, v’imru amen.
Y’hei sh’lama raba min sh’maya v’hayim aleinu v’al kol yisrael, v’imru amen.
Oseh shalom bi-m’romav, hu ya-aseh shalom aleinu v’al kol yisrael, v’imru amen.


To read 2012's dedication - A Lion in the Storm, click on the image below.
 
 
 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Doodle Day 2014: March INTERACTIONS Month



We are sixteen days into INTERACTIONS month in Doodle Day and the doodles have been fantastic! I have been working on a book dummy and a hidden pictures puzzle so while I have been drawing every day, I have not completed every prompt. That's okay. I want all of the Doodle Day participants to know that if something else inspires your drawings for a day or a week or a month, go with it. The point of Doodle Day is to draw every day and the prompts and themes are there for challenge and inspiration. It is a lot of fun to check out the prompt list and doodle that day's prompt without having to stare at your page or screen and come up with something to draw.

Last week, I also created a short video in Powtoons to share what Doodle Day is all about and inspire a few more doodlers to join in. Check it out:




Here are the doodles that I have created so far this month:


PARENT AND CHILD

MEETING

LEAVING

HELPING

BUILDING UP
 
KNOCKING DOWN

RIDING ON

SURPRISED

PUSHING

PULLING

This one was just for fun...

Just playing some more...

Inspired by Pi Day on March 14th

One of my mottos in life...
 
Come back for more doodles this month and join us if you are interested.
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have an idea for a great doodle theme we should use, or just want to say hello.