I did a little art play over the weekend, but not much.
The last few weeks have been super busy.
I have a Hobonichi I use for “a doodle a day.”
(A Hobonichi is a Japanese planner, but I don’t use mine as a calendar, or for *planning* anything.)
I really like the paper (Tomoe River paper) used in the Hobonichi which is why I use it.
I’ve been pretty good about staying current with my daily doodles.
They’re part of my self improvement project … as I attempt to learn the basics of art.
Usually, I’ll just make a quick sketch at the end of the evening while I’m watching TV.
I take my Hobonichi with me on planes when I fly, and on trips with me.
(I have the small version, so it’s easy to keep with me.)
Lately, I’ve been drawing a lot of girls.
Most of them have bright, odd-colored, hair.
Here is one I sketched in my Hobo, and then painted with my Peerless Watercolor palette.
Excuse the grid lines from the Hobo .
The lines look tacky, but they do help me with drawing proportions.
My green-haired girl!
As you can see, these daily doodles aren’t supposed to be realistic looking.
They’re more whimsical, I suppose.
I’ve become a bit obsessed with “my girls,” as I call them.
See with your heart – hearts for eyes!
Some of my girls are more cartoonish than others.
It just depends on my doodling mood each day.
Will the bird break the girls long neck?
I like experimenting with their hair.
Who knew it could be so fun to come up with different hairdos for them?
Many of my girls only wear one earring. I have no idea WHY.
I like a lot of things about this next girl.
Well, except for the fact she looks like she’s done a lot of drugs?
Blue hair and blue (drugged?) eyes.
This next one, I painted HUGE on a big piece of mixed media paper.
I had a hard time with her because I’m not used to painting something so big.
Her eyes are too big, and she has a lot of flaws.
I really struggled due to her size.
She, also, still needs a necklace (or something) added to complete her.
I haven’t decided yet.
This big girl is still a work in progress!
Next, I’m going to try to learn how to do different face angles.
I’ve just begun attempting sketches.
Things get complicated and messy when I try to learn something new!
Most of my girls only have faces.
I need to practice drawing figures.
Once I learn bodies, I need to learn clothes?
When I do give my girls bodies,
They’re very basic.
One step above a stick figure, really.
Hello, my hair is as big as my body!
Sometimes, my doodle page has more than one subject on it.
Weird things go through my brain, and I’m trying to learn how to doodle my thoughts.
It does NOT come naturally to me.
I have always been terrible at drawing and art.
(Which is the whole reason I’m attempting to practice every day!)
My brain on paper?
There are days when I doodle for twenty minutes.
Other days, it is a much more rushed affair.
Some sketches only take seconds, like this one.
What do you think this girl is thinking about?
I need to practice doodling things other than girls.
Sometimes, I do a quick sketch/doodle of non-girl things.
I have no idea what this is??
Usually, I quickly return to making another girl.
I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with girls, but I’m sure I’ll get over it soon.
Hey look! It’s a snail following the directions on a sign!
I think I’m enjoying my little sketches because I don’t take them seriously.
They’re just for fun and I find them relaxing to make.
Are you a doodler?
Or maybe you’re one of those people who are actually GOOD at drawing?