This is an evolutionary tale of how a doodle could find a place in the business world.
Once upon a time there was a doodle, a doggedly cute doodle. It reveled in its doggedness, cuteness, and most of all, its doodle-ness.
Once upon a time there was a flower. An orange flower. A carnation perhaps? And while it may have lost its way, it most certainly made my day when I happened upon it, growing out of a storm drain. With my nifty little cell phone (antiquated though it is), I photographed this stalwart flower.
During a recent doodle-tog session (the name I’ve given to doodled photographs), the charming dog met the adventurous carnation.
Now a serious doodler needs to keep pushing her boundaries, be it in creating the doodle itself, choosing the surface the doodle is on, or manipulating the surface the doodle is on (in this case the photograph).
The gray french-fry type shapes were relatively easy to bring about in Photoshop (filter>stylize>extrude). Getting the carnation to show through was more of a challenge. It involved duplicate layers, erasure, and LOTS of patience. (Thus giving this doodler much needed practice of that skill.) The effort resulted in the sharp bit of orange color against a muted gray background. (The doodle remained the constant.)
Pleased with the results thus far, this doodler — who is fond of black doodles on white background — decided to play with color. Behold the almost neon red-colored carnation atop the fuchsia.
Having decided the storm drain was a little too dark, it was time to crop. And finally, for fun, another bit of color play. (There were probably other steps involved. If you’ve ever used Photoshop, you know how easy it is to lose yourself in its infinite variations.) Pleased with the results, I even uploaded a couple images to Flickr.
Though it’s occurred to me before, it took this doodle-tog session to confirm — doodle-togs would be great in advertising. For example, this could be used for allergy medicine. (Dander and pollen being high on the list of allergens.) As for which variation to use, that would depend on the target audience. (My personal favorite is Variation 1.)
Would you assign these doodle-togs to an advertisement? If yes, what would it be? Do you have a favorite variation?
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