String Scribbling

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What is String Scribbling? It’s a doodling technique that is one part string, one part pigment, and one part magic!

We were inspired by this video I saw on Facebook and we had to try it too. Here’s a clip of Little Dude demonstrating the technique:

The complete details for this project is part of our second doodle class, Start with a Scribble, now part of our new doodle club on Ko-fi.com.

Did you see our first doodle class? You can check it out here.

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Dinosaurs Don’t Draw : doodle download

Dinosaurs Don’t Draw

 

Dinosaurs Don’t Draw . . . or do they? Elli Woollard and Steven Lenton show us a prehistoric reptile who does doodle in their newest book, Dinosaurs Don’t Draw (published by Macmillan Children’s Books).

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“Dinosaurs don’t draw, they stamp and stomp and ROAR! But there’s one little dinosaur who’s not like the others – he’s not fierce and he doesn’t fight! Instead he draws, on everything, all of the time. His romping, stomping dinosaur family just don’t understand. But when everyone hears the THUD of a terrifying T-Rex, they soon see just how powerful pictures can be.”

 

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Illustrator Steven Lenton has created some fun doodling pages so you can doodle along with this Picassaur. You can click on the images below to download the doodle pages.

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Don’t miss Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre’s Pug-A-Doodle-Do! too. Check out the interview and doodle download here.

All images ©Steven Lenton and courtesy of the artist.

 

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Doodle Bugs : doodle download

Doodle Bugs is a doodle activity originally created for our second mini mag, themed “In Your Garden” (hopefully coming soon with any luck!) With Spring in the air, and the warming weather, it seemed like the perfect time to doodle bugs.

Have you ever noticed that some bugs have silly names like “robber fly” or “royal walnut moth?” In this doodle challenge, you’ll have to draw some funny-sounding insects. Click on the image below or here to download Doodle Bugs. Happy doodling!

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Please NOTE: By downloading Doodle Bugs, you agree to these terms.

If you get stuck, there are answers below. SPOILERS BELOW!
Flamingo-tongue snail  Christmas tree worm  Tomato Horn worm
Wolf spider  Ladybird  Rabbit Bot Fly

 

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#mermay doodle challenge

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#mermay is the instagram hashtag for a doodle challenge: to draw a mermaid each day in May.

To inspire you to doodle a mermaid, here are some of our favorites shared on instagram:

We like Sally Walker’s wet ink technique:

or Chubi’s digital doodle.

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You can use pencils …

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… marker or pen …

… paints …

… a linocut engraving …

… or even pixels.

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Will your merfolk have finned features?

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Add details, like scales …

… or blooms to the tail/torso …

You can make your creature different with unique qualities: puffed-up bodies …

… or cat-fish lips.

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Flowers (or shells) in the hair are a nice touch:

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Don’t forget about mermen too.

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Give your mermaid a pet, like a merdog (or a mercat?).

You can make a fancy drawing with color …

… or a simple doodle like this one.

try thisNow go and doodle your own mermaids and mermen, and tag with #mermay. For more doodle challenges, check out our Weekly Doodle Challenge. Happy Doodling!

 

Please note: All art above is the copyright of their respective owners/artists.

 

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Splat Faces

This silly book inspired “Splat Faces.” “What’s a Splat Face”, you ask?

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Jon Burgerman, the avid doodler with a funny name, created SPLAT! (Dial Books / Oxford University Press), a messy mashup of drawn ingredients that is a mix of icky and absurd that never fails to incite laughter in young kids.

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The book served the perfect starting point for some silly creativity. After reading Jon Burgerman’s Splat! to students at an after-school art club, the children and I made Splat Faces.

We drew our self-portraits on the right side of a folded sheet of paper, and dropped a dollop of paint on the left side. We splatted our pictures by folding the paper in half. The kids loved the result and many wanted to try it again. Splatting our drawn selves with paint is messy fun. There’s an accidental quality to it that is fun to see the “reveal” — how the paint blob will add to the drawing.

I hope you’ll give it a try. For more doodling ideas, check out Weekly Doodle Challenge.

All art copyrighted by their respective owners and used with permission.

 

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Inktober doodles

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Every October, artists worldwide take part in a daily drawing challenge called “The Inktober Initiative,” set forth by Mr Jake Parker. The goal is to doodle everyday for 31 days, and share the art on social media with the tags #inktober #inktober2017 and #jakeparker.

This year, I decided to join in on the fun.

 


There are prompts to get you going, or you can choose to do your own thing. The list for 2017 is as follows:

Intober prompts

Some fine print:

inktober rules

 

Here’s some more favorites from instagram:

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I’m also challenging myself to create videos and doodle with different kinds of ink: ink and brush, Sharpie, and ballpoint pen. Please follow us on instagram to see more!

For more days of doodling, see our 28 Days 28 Drawings doodle challenge.

All images above are reposted from instagram, and copyright of the respective artists.

 

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Weekly Doodle Challenge

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Weekly Doodle Challenge

 

Ron Pippin of Outside Voice, an art network for families based in Austin, suggested a weekly drawing exercise. So we’re introducing a new doodle theme each week for our Weekly Doodle Challenge. (Scroll down for the challenges).

Full disclosure: I found that I wasn’t able to keep this up every week, so below are ideas I’ve collected as well.

Come draw with us!

 

Just draw and share with the subject tag on social media. We’ll share your work here or on twitter or Instagram with the #weeklydoodle #kidcandoodle hashtags. PS. All ages welcome!

2018

Here’s more monthly challenges:

January : 30 Paintings in 30 Days created by Leslie Saeta

For you painters! Image below and info via Kick in the Creatives

30 paintings in 30 days

February : Faces hosted by Kick in the Creatives

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image by Don Moyer

 

March : Meet the Maker created by Joanne Hawker

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April : The #100dayproject started by Elle Luna

100 day project

May : #Mermay : doodle a mermaid everyday

See more here.

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June : Juicy June Color Challenge hosted by Este MacLeod

 

 

August : Lettering and Doodling with Dawn Nicole

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October : Inktober

Inktober is a yearly October doodle challenge created by Jake Parker that is popular on social media. You can use any ink, and you don’t even have to go by the prompts if you don’t want to. The thing is to do it daily.

Intober prompts

Inktober rules

This was the one I did for October 1st posted on instagram:

2017

I know I’ve been focusing on other things this year, but I have found a couple of new doodle challenges that I wanted to share:

Lucky Draw Challenge

I discovered Lucky Draw Challenge when Rikin Parekh shared one of his doodles and tagged them on Facebook. They have weekly challenges, and here’s a recent favorite:

Cat burglar + Pancake

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by Scrottvoegelchen

 

2016

This year, we’re introducing guest prompts on the Weekly Doodle Challenge.

 

Week 36

For you social media-savvy artists, this prompt comes from 14 year-old Leo, creator of Gargar Comics, and Sketchbook Sunday. The latter is a drawing challenge with a different theme each week. Open to all ages, and shared online with the tag  Draw a snowman.

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Week 35

We had to share this awesome idea from artist Clym Evernden. All you need is a sheet of paper and your favorite drawing pens or pencils. Fold your sheet 8 times, as Clym shows in the video, and draw as you open the page.

 

Week 34

We love this doodle a scribble monster idea from Hello Wonderful, a terrific creative lifestyle resource for families. We agree that it’s a great way to show “everyone can draw!”

 

Week 33

Have you subscribed to or followed The Dad Lab yet? This clever pop mixes art + science in his projects for kids that delight and teach. I like this doodling idea on a sunny day: Shadow Tracing.

 

Week 32

The amazing Tina Berning saw my repost on instagram by Cristina Papacu about doodling your mom, and shared this lovely doodle prompt with us: Doodle your kid and have them doodle you!

 

Week 31

Michelle from Beret Nice Illustration has a nifty tip for using Copic blenders with regular Crayola marker pens (which are much cheaper!) to get better results. She also shows us how to doodle birds with her in this video:

 

Week 30

An unexpected doodle prompt comes from Paperchase, a popular stationery chain in the United Kingdom full of gorgeous illustrated goodies. Draw a literal picture of king prawns, king crab, hammerhead shark, or cat fish, like in this shop window.

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Here’s a good one of “egghead” by @floortinga

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Week 29

David Zinn creates whimsical street art with chalk and his imagination. See if you can doodle outside using some of your surroundings as inspiration. Can a crack in the sidewalk or patch of grassy weeds become part of your drawing?

 

Week 28

This week’s prompt is inspired by a drawing by Maya that I discovered at House of Illustration in London. Draw an animal and then add an extra body part to it:

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Week 27

It’s August, and we’re joining in a doodle challenge called #drawingAugust started 4 years ago by Wales Art Review’s design editor Dean Lewis and artist/printmaker Jean Stevens. Starting on day 1/August 1 with a puffer fish (the August theme for @pinchpunchpost ) and I’ve decided to continue with sea creatures. Follow along and draw with us daily on instagrampuffer fish

puffer fish comic by Lil Dude

 

Week 26

Summer is the perfect time to draw outdoors. Julie Adore’s brilliant suggestion is an oldie but goodie: look at the clouds and doodle what you see.

 

Week 25

Have you guys heard about the $3,700 Doodle Theory Contest? To enter, download and doodle some squiggles like these below. See all the details and download the squiggles here. Deadline is August 10, 2016.

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Week 24

Love this Less is More idea from Frédéric Forest: Describe something with fewer than 10 lines. Can you do it?

 

Week 23

If you’re not spending warm summer days outside, maybe you’ll be doodling Yuval Zommer’s “How to Draw Bugs” from his beautifully illustrated The Big Book of Bugs (via The Guardian)

Yuval Zommer Big Book of Bugs

Start with a shape:

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Add legs (or not):

Yuval Zommer Big Book of Bugs

Doodle eyes and antennae:

Yuval Zommer Big Book of Bugs

Don’t forget the wings for the flying bugs.

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Check out the gorgeous The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer.

Yuval Zommer Big Book of Bugs

 

Week 22

We love this doodle idea from calligrapher/lettering artist Tolga Girgin : Doodle faces with the shadows from a crumpled-up piece of paper. Watch the video below.

 

Week 21

This week I’m sharing a #PortraitChallenge from Sarah McIntyre’s Virtual Studio : Draw this Japanese woodblock portrait, Karagoto of the House of Chojiya by Utamaro, 1801, Honolulu Museum of Art

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I love Sarah’s “blind contour” portrait (drawing while looking at your reference and NOT your hand/paper):
Sarah McIntyre's Karagoto

 

Week 20

Health coach and mother of two boys, Ceren Arik-Begen has an easy doodle puppet that I had to share with you.

Take a letter or A4 sized sheet of paper, fold it in half and then half again, so that you have four strips. Open the sheet, and re-fold in the two ends so that they meet in the middle. On these two panels, draw something with a mouth that would open where the two ends meet.

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(Here’s two fishies)

 

Then open it, and draw the “inside” of the mouth. When you’re finished, refold and animate your puppet character by gently opening and closing the mouth.

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Strawberry_2

Thanks for sharing these lovely drawings and gorgeous idea with us Ceren!

 

Week 19

Graphic designer Jan Bajtlik shares a page from his fabulous Alphadoodler: The Activity Book That Brings Letters to Life (Tate Publishing). Download and doodle the page below!

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Alphadoodler page

 

Week 18

Designer, illustrator, and doodle bomber Steph Dillon gave us some pointers for creating a doodle bomb: Find a photograph of your favorite landscape or urban setting and fill the empty spaces with a structure, objects, and/or characters to create your own unique scene. You can use markers on printed pieces or draw digitally in your favorite photo editing app.

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Week 17

Penny Neville-Lee is back again with a Weekly Doodle Challenge worthy of Mother’s Day (next Sunday, May 8, 2016 in the USA). Collaborate with your kids! Here, Penny colored in her son’s drawing:

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Week 16

So stoked that Claudi Kessels is our doodle guest this week! I remember stumbling across Claudi’s instagram and was chuffed she agreed to be on 3 1/2 Questions. (Claudi’s as charming as her drawings, and inspired our Field Notes doodle download).
Doodle bomb this photograph:

Photo of weed plant

psst . . . Make sure to subscribe to kidcandoodle (above) for an exclusive doodle download created by Claudi Kessels!

Week 15

Multi-talented Melani Grube gave us this week’s doodle prompt based on her own wonderfully wet paintings. See if you can transform these paint splotches into your own doodle. 

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Here’s Melani’s doodle:

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Week 14

This week’s guest is none other than the inspiration for Weekly Doodle Challenge — Ron Pippin himself! Ron is currently working on an upcoming Creative Arts Show for kids called ARTtv and we can’t wait to see it! His suggestion, co-drawing, comes from Outside Voice’s popular blog Explore Art. To play, you need a partner, paper, and pens or pencils. 

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The younger person should go first, making a line on a page. 

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Then each person takes turns doodling and adding to the same drawing, collaborating.

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Voilà!

Week 13

Our guest this week is one of my favorite artists of all time, Henri Matisse. I am especially fond of his paper cut-outs. Matisse first used cut paper to design his painting commissions, but when he became ill in his 60s, it became his preferred medium.

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Henri Matisse, The Snail 1953
© Succession H. Matisse / DACS 2014

 

Doodle an animal using only cut paper (refer to The Snail, 1953, above).

Week 12

When kid can doodle debuted on twitter, Lucy Monkman was one of our first followers. Lucy’s doodle challenge is just in time for Easter/Spring. Lucy favors simple shapes in her work, and she suggested using these egg shapes to doodle chicks, bunnies, or lambs:

LucyMonkmanEggs Here’s Lucy’s doodles:

Rabbits with Egg Shape

Week 11

Shari Mallinson is not only a darn-good doodler, but a frequent contributor and friend to KCD. Shari invites you to collaborate with her by downloading and finishing this doodle:

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Week 10

Awesome Artist, author and illustrator Tim Miller suggests doodling Snappsy the Alligator this week. Watch Tim doodle Snappsy in this video, and follow along:

Snappsy Did Not Ask to Be in This Video About How to Draw Him from Tim Miller on Vimeo.

 

Week 9

Esther K Smith, author of Making Books with Kids, gave us our Doodle prompt this week. If you haven’t already, please check out her new book here. Then download the instructions to make a pop-up face accordion book. 

Esther says: What will you draw on yours? You can draw with your scissors too. Try cutting other kinds of lines instead of the straight ones for your pop-up eyes and mouth. But be sure to leave enough space for your fold. That’s your hinge that keeps it from falling apart.

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Week 8

Our doodle guest this week is Colour Collective, a weekly challenge to make art featuring a different hue, initiated by Penny Neville-Lee, “illustrator and all round good egg.” To join in, this week’s color is Moss

Here’s Penny’s gorgeous entry. Follow her on twitterpenny_colorcollective

Week 7

Colleen Kong Savage, our first guest on 3 1/2 Questions, has our doodle prompt this week: Take an ink pad (or a little bit of paint) make a thumbprint with your finger. Add details. 

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Week 6

Hey Kids! This week’s guest is Tom Nash, the wordsmith behind Tut and Groan “a wordplay webcomic by someone who can’t draw.” Not long ago our own Little Dude was a guest on Tom’s toon, and we’re tickled that Tom has treated us to two prompts: Draw a pie in the sky or add to the following doodle:

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Here’s a pie by Carin Channing.

 

Week 5

Our guest this week is Pinch Punch Post, aka social media darling Thea Baker, suggesting a theme to doodle each month. Contributors are invited to share their drawings on twitter or Facebook at the beginning of the month. Kids can join too by tagging doodles with #pinchpunchpostjunior. March 1st theme is a butterfly.

Here’s my butterfly (lollygadoodling).

 

Week 4

This week’s doodle brought to us by @AnimalAlphabets (a weekly twitter creative challenge to draw an animal representing a letter, initiated by illustrator Chris Chatterton, with tweets by Ste Johnson, and assistance from Deborah Partington) : Doodle a sloth for the letter S.

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Here’s my sloth.

 

Week 3

Author/Illustrator Sarah McIntyre (Pugs of the Frozen North, Cakes in Space, both published by Random House for Young Readers) created a virtual studio — a doodle community so that illustrators can create and share on twitter. Here’s one of her recent popular #shapechallenge prompts: (download and transform into a drawing)

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Here’s Little Dude’s and mine.

 

Week 2

Our weekly doodle comes from 3 1/2 Questions guest Carin Channing, author of 365 Days of Doodling: Discovering the Joys of Being Creative Every Day. Doodle some new people you’d like to meet in 2016.

Click here to see who I’d like to meet.

 

Week 1

Herewith the first prompt in 2016: courtesy of the lovely Sheena Monahan, who created @3yroldscribble Download this scribble below and transform into your own drawing.

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Here’s mine.

 

2015

Week 15

Show us your favorite costume!

Week 14

“Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!” – Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky

Draw a Jubjub bird, or Bandersnatch or your own imaginary character and name it.

Week 13

What would your book cover look like?

Week 12

Draw your favorite bad guy (villian) !

Week 11

What is your favorite literary character?

Week 10

How about drawing a #XerusYachtingwithaZebra ?

Week 9

Let’s see your #VacationingWalruses

Week 8

Choose one: #StripyTigersUnderwear or #SixTicklishUnicorns

Week 7

This week’s doodle is #PorcupineAndQuokkaRomance

Week 6

Hope to see your #PeacockQuarrelingwithRabbit this week!

Week 5

Thanks to Jill McPartlin Reiter for this week’s suggestion: #MonkeysNightOut

Week 4

Can you show us a #JollyKoalaLeaping ?

Week 3

How about a #GiraffeHidingInAnIgloo ?

Week 2

Can you draw a #DancingElephantFarting ?

Week 1

We’d love to see your #ArmadilloBakingCakes

 

All art copyrighted by their respective owners and used by permission.

 

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3 & 1/2 Questions: Sarah McIntyre

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Pug-a-Doodle-Do! by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

 

Sarah McIntyre is one half of the dynamic duo Reeve & McIntyre. With Philip Reeve, they are creative collaborators behind several books, including Oliver and the Seawigs, Cakes in Space, and a story with 66 pugs in it* (published by Oxford University Press, Oxford) . . . Their newest creation, Pug-a-Doodle-Do!, is a companion piece with characters and fun activities from all of their previous books. Philip is mostly in charge of the words, while Sarah draws the pictures, but in this book, they came up with the ideas together, creating things that made them laugh. (They hope the book makes you laugh, too.)

We’re so happy Sarah stopped by to chat with us!

3 & 1/2 Questions: Sarah McIntyre

 

Click on the image above to download the “Draw A Comic” printable page from Pug-a-Doodle-Do (courtesy of the Oxford University Press and Sarah McIntyre).

 

In Pug-a-Doodle-Do! doodlers can have fun playing with characters from your previous stories and feel like they’re creating with you too. They can learn how to draw a pug or a sea monkey, doodle beards on ladies, or follow Colin the Crab. There seems to be some killer cakes and evil food though — have you been haunted by cakes in the past?

Yes, we love going back to the characters in our books! It’s always a bit sad when their story comes to an end, we want to keep playing with them. That’s why I love seeing kids take them and run with them, in drawings and further stories.

Haunted by cakes? Honest answer? Someone in Russia once gave me a mushroom piroshky where the mushrooms in it were dodgy, and I didn’t know. And it did bad things to my head for a couple hours and I saw a giant chocolate doughnut parading around my bedroom. I was absolutely terrified!

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I liked the “Which Reeve and McIntyre character are you?” quiz (It was a tie for me) Sometimes people say that we look like our drawings . . . is there a character that is most like Sarah?

Yes, Iris the mermaid, from Oliver and the Seawigs! When I was nine years old, I wanted to be a mermaid when I grew up, and go on underwater adventures. So I kind of did, in a story. She even get to wear my pointy specs at the end!

3. One of the highlights for me were the mini stories within this activity book, like “A Day in the Life of Lord Krull”, or “The Magnificent Dartmoor Pegasus Named Kevin” (pictured below). Will we see a full length comics or graphic novel from you in the future?

I always want to create a book-length comic, but they just take so long to make! Comics tend to come out of us in short bursts like this. Philip works so quickly; we were sitting at my desk drawing stuff for Pug-a-Doodle-Do! and suddenly he’d made this four-page Lord Krull comic! The Dartmoor Pegasus story took me longer, I did about one panel every morning. Actually, one of our books, Jinks & O’Hare Funfair Repair started as a four-page comic for The Phoenix Comic! I wrote it, Philip penciled and inked it, and I colored it. We’d kind of hoped to do a series, but the coloring took me SO LONG. Most people don’t know how much time goes into coloring comics.

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Please complete this sentence: I like to draw __.

Fat ponies. I do. It’s true. Their big tums.

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Thanks again for answering our 3 & 1/2 Questions, Sarah! Ms McIntyre has graced us with her presence before; we shared her 24-hour comic, “Scribble,” and she was a guest on Weekly Doodle Challenge, giving us a shape challenge prompt. You can see more of Sarah’s work here, and follow her on twitter.

Download the “Draw A Comic” printable page from Pug-a-Doodle-Do (courtesy of the Oxford University Press and Sarah McIntyre). Doodle the comic and share on social media with tag #PugADoodleDo

*This doodle book’s name is a nod to Pugs of the Frozen North.

All images ©Sarah McIntyre and courtesy of the artist.

 

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Doodle Halves : doodle download

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Doodle Halves download created by @EmilDrawing

 

This Doodle Halves download comes to us from 11 year-old Emil de Graaf, an avid doodler, and his clever mom. To inspire her talented son to create, Emil’s mom cropped photos she found and challenged him to doodle-bomb* the missing half.

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Emil’s doodle-bombed image

 

We discovered Emil’s excellent drawings on instagram and asked him if he would share them with our kidcandoodle community and we’re so happy he agreed!

image before (above)

 

A post shared by Emil de Graaf (@emildrawing) on

Emil’s doodle-bombed image

 

Click here to download the Doodle Halves pages for you to doodle-bomb*. Please note that by downloading, you agree to our terms.

Check out more of Emil’s drawings on his instagram.

*Doodle-bomb means doodling on top of another image, such as a magazine or newspaper photo. See our Doodle Bomb gallery, features on doodle bombers: Steph Dillon, mirrorsme, Claudi Kessels, or Ana Strumpf.

 

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28 days 28 drawings doodle challenge

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For February, our drawing (and media) challenge is to doodle something silly every day. Take a look at the list below. Join in anytime. All ages welcome. Check back here to see our videos and doodles! Show us your drawings on instagram, facebook, and twitter with the tag #28days28drawings and #kidcandoodle and we’ll share your doodles too. Hope you’ll doodle with us.

 

28 Days 28 Drawings February Doodle Challenge

 

Day 1 : cats in hats

I’m challenging myself to try a different medium each time — you should too! Whenever possible, I think it’s important to experiment with different materials and play with them. Try each one out, get a feel for how they work, and see which ones you enjoy using. Keep learning!

This was done using China Marker, a grease pencil often used to mark up proofs by photographers. This waxy pencil writes on plastics, windows, and other surfaces. I like their rich, crayon-like color; it’s my favorite drawing implement and what I often use to create the artwork for kidcandoodle.

 

Day 2 : dancing dogs

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This mint + pumpkin risograph print was made at Hato Press in London. The printshop offers a 2-color risograph printing workshop that is ideal for learning how the process works. It’s very similar to silk-screening, but done with the convenience of a photo-copier machine. It was such a fun experience — I want to do it again with Little Dude.

 

Day 3 : party animals

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Double-duty: I added the blue to coordinate with the popular weekly Colour Collective twitter art prompt, “air force blue”. This was done with Prismacolor pencils, one of the best colored pencil brands. (My family gifted me a 72-color set for my birthday this year.)

 

Day 4 : sloths taking selfies

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Biro or Bic ballpoint pens are a drawing tool that I usually shy away from — I find them intimidating. I created these selfie-obsessed sloths using ballpoint, and then colored them in Photoshop.

 

Day 5 : doodling deer

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This doodling deer is painted with Windsor & Newton Designers gouache, and the color palette has a vintage look to it, don’t you think? (Thanks to Carin Channing for this doodle prompt)

 

Day 6 : panda pillow fight

panda pillow fight

Painting pillow-fighting pandas with Windsor & Newton Drawing ink seemed very appropriate, because the ink recalls Asian calligraphy, and pandas are native to China.

 

Day 7 : dinosaur detectives

dino detective

It’s hard to draw a dinosaur detective without making it look goofy! My Dino Sherlock was drawn with a Pentel brush pen and then colored using a mini set of Filia oil crayons, which are portable, and great for on-the-go drawing kits. I also love the vintage-look packaging.

 

Day 8 : penguin pirates

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My son Dylan likes to draw digitally, using pixel apps such as 8bit Painter, and he’s been contributing several drawings for 28 Days 28 Drawings, like this one for penguin pirates. *proud mama*

 

Day 9 : rollerblading raccoons

rollerblading raccoon

Raccoons are just too cute to draw. This rollerblading rodent was sketched with graphite pencils. A basic set like Derwent should be included in every artist’s supplies.

 

Day 10 : giraffes in galoshes

giraffe in galoshes

Wouldn’t it be funny to see a giraffe in wellies? I thought so too! Oil pastels were used to doodle this rain-ready long-legged mammal.

 

Day 11 : space hogs

space hog

Uh-oh, it’s a swine in space! Drawn with stubby Stabilo Stifte crayons, a genius 3-in-1 tool that can be used as coloring pencil, watercolor, or wax crayon, too. They are nice and soft and the chunky size is fun for small hands to hold.

 

Day 12 : trees hugging

tree huggers

I wanted to make sure that not all the drawing prompts were of animals, but still include unexpected things, such as this couple of tree huggers. Created with a mix of Windsor & Newton drawing inks and colored pencils.

 

Day 13 : fruits in sunnies (sunglasses)

fruits in sunnies

A fun medium to try is collage: it’s quick, experimental, and not too dependant on hand-eye coordination — perfect for this trio of sun-tanning tropical fruits. Also colored with China Marker pencil and Adobe Photoshop.

 

Day 14 : pika pool party

pika pool party

Pikas are such cute critters, resembling mice or hamsters. (You may not have realized that this Pokemon character was inspired by a pika.) I imagined they’d be fun-loving creatures who enjoy a good pool party. Also created using watercolor + colored pencils.

 

Day 15 : flying foxes

flying foxflying fox 2

This prompt was intended to have a double meaning: flying foxes could be clever pilots or fruit-eating bats (like those found in my former home of Brisbane, Australia). Please interpret as you please. I suggest using Prismacolor pencils or gouache.

 

Day 16 : trucks eating tacos

trucks eating tacos

I know this was a tricky one to draw, and it would be challenging to not make it look cartoony. I wanted to have a few prompts that weren’t animal subjects, and it’s a nod to my love of tacos and the many I’ve sampled from taco trucks in Austin and Brisbane, Australia, where we used to live. Drawn with China Marker pencil.

 

Day 17 : reading rockets

rocket reading

If rockets had a book club, what do you think they’d read? My bet is on science-fiction. This was another quick sketch using my go-to drawing implement: China Marker grease pencils.

 

Day 18 : aliens skiing

aliens skiing

Aliens aren’t very good at skiing. Especially when they have three legs! These creatures are cut-up from magazines — a super resource for collage. Art recycling is re-creating AND re-using. Also doodled with Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens, another artist’s necessity.

 

Day 19 : flower painting

flower painting

I purposefully left this prompt open to creative interpretation. I thought of Van Gogh’s iconic Sunflowers painting, as well as the act of painting flowers too. Flowers are a lovely source of inspiration for artists — beginner or advanced, alike — it’s no wonder they continue to be a popular subject. Created with Pentel brush pen and Faber-Castell pastel pencils. Pastel pencils are more blend-able than regular colored pencils, but they also smudge easily, so take care when using them.

 

Day 20 : skateboarding pigeon

skateboarding pigeon

 

Day 21 : surfing banana

surfing banana

 

Day 22 : squirrels wearing scarves

 

Day 23 : singing sea lions

singing sea lion

Drawing with white and colored chalk pastel on black or dark paper is a terrific artist’s exercise to focus on lighting; it requires you to look at and draw only shadows and highlights. I cheated a bit here because I added the outline (I was being impatient), but ideally, you would try to fill out the figure by ONLY drawing the highlights, mid-tones or shadows. If the paper is dark, such as in this example, you would draw only the highlights and mid-tones, and leave the paper to be the shadows.

 

Day 24 : hula-hooping hippo

hula-hooping hippo

I animated Harriet the hula-hooping hippo, by making a simple gif in Photoshop.

 

Day 25 : sock superheroes

Introducing: Super Sock, a mini comic for you!

 

Day 26 : gorilla wearing glasses

Take a vote! Which #gorillawearingglasses do you like better? Number 1 or 2?

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Day 27 : cactus eating cookies

cactus eating ice cream

Day 28 : octopus enjoying ice cream

octopus eating ice cream

 

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