“How do you Doodle?” That’s been a difficult question to answer because Doodling is something I “just do.” Inspired by my recently completed 30-Day Doodle Challenge, here’s my first attempt at breaking down and clarifying the Freehand Doodle process.
The Answer, Part One ~ The Tools
Doodles I post online are mixed and matched. Some are doodled directly into the computer via Wacom tablet. Others are drawn using permanent markers and then scanned. Sometimes I alter the scanned images. Sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I combine pieces of various doodles.
I use Photoshop for all computer doodle work.
When I doodle on paper, I use basic 8-1/2 x 11 copy paper and permanent markers. For a long time, they were strictly Sharpies. (I still use the fine point and ultra fine points.) However, quality control for its chisel point has been sketchy of late so I recently began using Staples’ brand permanent marker.
The Answer, Part Two ~ The Philosophy
The basic idea behind a Freehand Doodle is you draw a –>line, dash, dot, shape, squiggle, look at it; add another line, dash, dot, shape, squiggle, look at it. You keep repeating the process until you feel the doodle is complete. Also, doodles are heavy on the “ish” factor. The circles are circle-ish. Animals are animal-ish. People are people-ish. You get the idea. Therein lies the freedom of the Doodle Factor.
The Answer, Part Three ~ The DIY/Step-by-Step Instructions
For the sake of consistency and ease of explanation, the first draw made on each of the three examples was circle-ish. (Keep in mind, it takes longer to explain what I did than do it.) I had no idea what the doodle would be until completed.
Doodle #B — “Circle-ish Doodle”
1. head/body: circle
2. eyebrows: line, squiggle
3. eye: circles, filled
4. mouth: half circle
5. feet: little circles
6. arms: checkmarks
7. hands: lines, straight, smooshed
Doodle #C — Girl
1. head: ellipse
2. body & legs: lines, straight
3. feet: ellipses
4. arms: lines, straight
5. hands: lines, straight, smooshed
6: eyes: ellipses
6b: iris: dot
7: eyelashes: lines, straight
8. nose: half-circle, vertical
9. mouth: half-circle, horizontal
10. freckles: dots
11a. bangs: 1/2 ellipses
11b. side hair: squiggle lines
11c. top hair: 1/2 circles
12. skirt: triangle, filled
Doodle #D — Cat
1. head: circle
2. ears: triangle
2b. ears: triangle filled
3. eyes: ellipses
3b. iris: 1/2 circle
3c. pupils: dots
4: nose: triangle filled
5. mouth: “j” forward/”j” backward
6. whiskers: lines, straight
7. body: circle
8. paws: circles
9. tail: “s”
9b: tail tip: two half-ellipses
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