More Than a Doodle

    A doggedly cute doodle.

    A doggedly cute doodle.

    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.

    A stalwart flower.

    A stalwart flower.

    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.

    Doggedly cute meets stalwart.

    Doggedly cute meets stalwart.

    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).

    Variation 1

    Variation 1

    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.)

    Variation 2

    Variation 2

    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.

    Variation 3

    Variation 3

    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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    Tammy - February 19, 2014 - 10:23 am

    Brilliant. So many times people express anxiety over having their image splashed all over social media. Rightly so. A good doodle does the trick! You are nothing short of brilliant!

    Tana Bevan - February 19, 2014 - 5:00 pm

    Tammy–Interesting you should mention that. It was actually my discomfort with the idea of my image being on social media that kept me away from it for a number of years. A doodle being the perfect solution. You get known, leave your mark, and there’s no discomfort from photographic images. Win-win all the way. (An added bonus is doodles are fun!) As always thank you for your support and encouragement.

    Sheila Bergquist - February 19, 2014 - 10:46 pm

    Another great idea! I was very nervous about putting my picture on the Internet, but finally had to do it…never thought about something like this. I love your doggedly cute doodle and the flower. Have you approached any companies with ideas for ads? With your talent and imaginative mind, you could rule!

    Tana Bevan - February 20, 2014 - 5:24 pm

    Hey Sheila. Glad you like. Totally understand your reluctance to publicize your face online. That was a HUGE hurdle for me when contemplating my foray into Social Media. Glad this solution worked out. As for approaching companies, am definitely heading in that direction. Appreciate your enthusiasm and encouragement. Have a wonderful! *smiles*

    Sheila Bergquist - February 20, 2014 - 9:10 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that you are heading in that direction…sounds exciting for you!

    Tana Bevan - February 20, 2014 - 10:42 pm

    Sheila — The intent is movement in that that direction. During those times it feels questionable as to whether movement is happening, I remind myself of the wonderful Chinese saying, “Don’t be afraid of going slowly, be afraid of standing still.”

    Sheila Bergquist - February 22, 2014 - 12:30 am

    I love that…so true! Baby steps, Tana.

    Tana Bevan - February 24, 2014 - 11:00 pm

    And sometimes it winds up being baby crawls. After all, movement in the right direction is still movement.