Doodles are the most UN-pretentious inhabitants of the Art World. Uninhibited by boundaries or expectations, flaunting their flaws, they are delightfully imperfect. They are the Artist’s creation in it’s rawest, most primal form.
These spur-of-the-moment flights of fancy are most often caught on miscellaneous, undignified scraps of paper – whatever is to hand. And, since my my tins of fancy drawing pencils and illustration pens are rarely nearby when the doodle-mood strikes, the “media” of choice is usually some random #2 pencil or a cheap ballpoint pen. Fortunately, these crude instruments suit a Doodle’s lack of artifice, and even seem to encourage them!
So, here is my homage to the Doodles! I here-by dedicate this page to them, with the hope that it won’t go to their heads. Most likely not, as they tend to sneer at such things.
Sometimes I like to draw in a style I call “Floating Heads”. This Doodle just happens to have 3.
This one’s more of a sketch than a Doodle. It’s a drawing of an actual meeting between 2 of our Chis and a new cat. I added some text to it just for fun.
I’m not sure those fins on top of her head are practical. Oh well, that’s how she wanted to be drawn, so…
He’s a Gryphon-Hybrid! He started out as a foxy creature with wings, but then sprouted a lion’s tail. When it came to his feet, he couldn’t seem to make up his mind – paws or claws? Finally he settled on monkey hands-feet, because they’re so flexible! He’s rather small – Chihuahua size. I wanted to name him something cool, but he says his name’s Harry.
I got a new pen at Office Depot. Had to have it because it reminded me of one I had as a kid. You know, the kind with about 10 different colors in one big fat tube. I pressed green, and voila! This Grass Creature Doodle appeared. Look out for the Lawn-Mower, little guy!
This fashion-forward Elf gal started out as just a wisp of pink grass. The pen (cheap but loaded with colors) deposited a couple of blobs. The blobs turned into beads. Beads led to a topknot. A topknot really should have a head. The head seemed to call for a fun fringed collar. And so on.