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

Don Moyer faces

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

 

 

July – August : Potter Week Drawing Prompts with Taryn Knight

Potter Week is perfect for Harry Potter fans! Drawing starts the last week of July, with a different prompt each week. The list is below imagines what it might be like to be at Hogwarts, and is spearheaded by Taryn Knight.

 

Potter Week drawing

 

August : Lettering and Doodling with Dawn Nicole

august lettering

 

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

cat burglar pancakes

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:

rabbitbymaya

 

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:

Yuval Zommer Big Book of Bugs

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.

Yuval Zommer Big Book of Bugs

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!

Alphadoodler

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. 

two doodlers holding pens

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

first mark on page

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

finished collaborative drawing

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. 

thumbprint doodle

 

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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10 Imaginative Doodle Books

Need to add to your doodle library? Here’s ten doodle books to keep you drawing and your imagination growing. These are not books that show you how to draw things in a specific way, but ones that help get your wheels spinning. Presenting:

10 imaginative doodle books

 

1. Doodle!

by French illustrator Jochen Gerner (b small publishing) is terrific for younger artists, but stirs those creative juices, so it won’t bore older ones, and has enough activities to keep everyone amused!

Doodle

Doodle_spread

 

2. 3, 2, 1. . . Draw!

I’m a big fan of Serge Bloch’s drawings — especially his work combining photos of real objects — and his new book, 3, 2, 1. . . Draw! (Wide Eyed Books) is sure to make you see things in a whole new way.

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3. Draw It! Colour It! Creatures

(Macmillan Children’s Books) This book is a great way to introduce budding artists to some of the best illustrators working today. It allows you to collaborate with your favorite artists (including Lorna Scobie) and demonstrates how they all doodle differently — each having their own personality and style.

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4. Chris Riddell’s Doodle a Day

(Macmillan Children’s Books) Make a daily habit of drawing with this diary of doodle prompts from the UK’s 2015-2017 Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell.

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5. Hirameki

Hirameki (Thames & Hudson), Japanese for “flash of inspiration,” is a clever book by artists Peng & Hu, who encourage you to doodle what you see out of paint splotches. Perfect for all ages.

Hirameki

Hirameki_spread

 

6. Drawing in the Sea

I love when doodle books combine subjects that we already love (like oceanography) with drawing, such as Harriet Russell’s Drawing in the Sea (Edizioni Corraini). You’ll not only enjoy doodling, but you’ll learn stuff about the sea, too.

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Drawing-in-the-Sea-Harriet-Russell

 

7. Shackleton’s Journey Activity Book

A companion to Shackleton’s Journey (also by) William Grill, is brought by one of my favorite publishers, Flying Eye Books. William Grill’s brilliant illustrations make me want to draw with colored pencils.

Shackeltons_Journey_activity_bk

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8. My Crazy Inventions Sketchbook

Andrew Rae and Lisa Regan created this book, My Crazy Inventions Sketchbook (Laurence King), for all of us doodlers with fantastical ideas (and those who want to come up with fun inventions, too).

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9. Maps Activity Book

A follow-up to the gorgeously illustrated Maps (Big Picture Press) by married creative duo Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski of Hippopotamus Studio. Ideal for those who are geographically-challenged (like me!)

Maps_activity_book

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10. Change Your Life One Doodle at a Time

(Quarry Books) Can a doodle change your life? Author/illustrator Salli S Swindell (and I) think so! Doodling regularly helps your brain to think visually, observe details, focus, and become more creative. Doodle on!

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Bonus number eleven : Extraordinaires Deluxe Design Studio Kit

design_studio_kitThis last one is not actually a book, but a lovely brainstorming box for budding designers who appreciate specially-packaged things. It includes a pack of illustrated cards that detail your “client’s” needs, and a pad for you to doodle your designs. There are three kits available here.

These lovely books are available at fine bookstores and museum bookshops.

WIN!

Win a set of the 10 imaginative doodle books above by showing us your doodle bomb by June 30, 2016. Click here for more details.

All images courtesy of respective publishers.

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Experimental Media : markers

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Experimental Media

 

Drawing with markers

Did I tell you we just recently moved all the way from Australia to England? Which means that at the moment our drawing implements are pretty basic since we haven’t received our shipping container yet. But last week, my sister-in-law gifted me a collection of markers. They naturally became my second media experiment.

Markers and pens have never been my favorite drawing tools because I find that the consistent line width means they are are less forgiving; that any mistakes are easily seen, and you can’t erase them! You either have to be pretty confident with the marks you make, or not worry too much if they aren’t exactly perfect. The beauty of this experiment is that I’m trying new things and learning how to use them.

I first tried incorporating the markers in my doodles.

fox_marker

uggs_marker

sloth_marker

 

Then I just doodled with them, trying monkeys for upcoming Lunar New Year:

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What I learned

Since you can’t really blend with markers,  the best way to shade is by using different colors. I grouped similar colors together, limiting my palette with each drawing, using the light colors as highlights and darker hues for the shadows.

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And while the line widths are uniform, you can be expressive with the strokes, as I tried to be with the animal fur, and in the hash marks for shading too.

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The one bummer is that when the markers have been used awhile or if you forget to put the lid on, they do dry out, and may affect the quality of your drawing.

trythisHave you tried using markers? I bet you have some lying around the house. Give them a go! The more you use them, the less likely you are to be concerned with mistakes, because you can’t erase! It’s actually freeing!

 

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Doodle Battle download

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Doodle Battle

Introducing Doodle Battle, a game based on the popular Battleship we all grew up with as kids. This one was created by our resident artist Dylan, aka Little Dude, and inspired by one of his favorite books, Tom Gates.

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This is Dylan’s sketch above. I’ve adapted it and created a download for you to play! Ask a friend to join you.

To Play

(for 2 players)

  1. Doodle at least 5 characters in your grid game card, but no more than 10. Both players should have the same amount of characters on their cards.
  2. Make sure to keep your game board positions hidden from your opponent.
  3. Allow the younger player (Player 1) to go first, by calling out a letter and a number corresponding to a position on the game card. Player 1 marks that box on his/her own card with an X, to record that that box has been called.
  4. Player 2 answers with “hit” or “miss”. If there was a successful “hit”, Player 2 should scribble out that box/character with a RED color.
  5. The winner is the first person to “hit” all of his opponent’s characters.

Click here to download a grid game card to play. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite childhood game?

 

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