Welcome to my Universe

Welcome to my Universe © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

Whee. Are we having fun now?

I created the doodles and started the fun part of coloring, when I decided the background would look better black. First I used neocolors with water, but the black was too grey. Out came the black marker.

I’m thinking next time start with black paper, outline in white pencil and see what that’s like.

The black created a sense of mystery for me, of night sky and heavenly bodies. And these are the constellations of my imagination.

Welcome to my Universe.

SueDoodles

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Thoughts on Doodling

Love Drops and Bubbles © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

Last week someone left a comment about how to begin doodling.   The simplest answer I can offer is to just begin. Go to an art supply store and find a sketch pad. Do you like how the paper feels? Get some pens. I’ve experimented with microns and sharpies and stay with sharpies because I like the line it produces. Find some markers. Crayola has some good ones that aren’t expensive. My art splurge is prismacolor pencils. I’ve had a set for a long time and 48 colors just weren’t enough. Yesterday I bought more colors. A girl cannot have enough colors.

Put your pen to paper and see where your hand takes you. There are no rules except for the ones you make for yourself.

Find inspiration. You will find tons of inspiration on my blog roll. Flickr and YouTube are other great sources. Google *doodle*. The internet is your playground.

Be willing to explore. Two years ago I believed I could not draw, and what I have learned in the past two years is that I love to create abstract patterns. Doodling feeds that love.

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I am quite methodical  and a little obsessive when it comes to learning a new skill. It is my way of gaining confidence. And so for the past couple of months this is how I have been learning the zentangle patterns that Zentangles offers in their monthly newsletter. I’ve been drawing the patterns over and over.  I’ve been doing this because I was a little bored with what I was doing and wanted to learn a different approach to line drawing. Eventually I want to incorporate these patterns into my own doodle style.

~SueDoodles

PATTERN OBSESSION

I am officially declaring myself obsessed with learning about Zentangles. I think it is supposed to be a soothing exercise, but right now I think my brain is more tangled up than it is relaxed. But you know how brains can be. Who do they think they are anyway, and why do we let them be the boss of us?

I think I did these over the past week. I’ve kind of lost track of time with the holidays and all

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I guess this is a very elaborate paisley or totally wild tear drop.

There is a definite seaside influence here. I like how pattern making offers me yet another new way of seeing things.

~SueDoodles