Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Sharpie fumes overload...


Trying to keep my mind open and clear from preset ideas in order to doodle as unconsciously as possible. Over the past weeks I've developed different styles of doodling and am finding that I'm attracted to certain colours of markers so there is some level of selection. Am finding repetition is inevitable when completing a daily challenge without prompts.




I reckon that a challenge with Sharpies would be better completed in the Summertime. The fumes from the markers can be strong, sometimes quite powerful and an open window beside my table would help. But the weather is too cold. I'm now committed to the challenge using the Sharpies so I tend to draw at different times throughout each day to give myself breathing space.

Some of the pens are drying out (I've had them a while) and I'm tempted to buy another pack just to finish #februdoodle @bloowabbit. Packs in supermarkets seem to have the same range of colours as I've got already but if I came across some different packs I might add them to my stash. And perhaps having some different colours to choose from might help with the repetition.

Next seven februdoodles:


Day 15

Day 16

Day 17

Day 18

Day 19

Day 20

Day 21

What is evolving from the februdoodling is a plan to complete more work in a sketchbook - practising facial shapes, features and emotions. New sketchbook and drawing in it every day during March, although not done as a daily challenge. 


A change develops in my doodling style blog

One week into februdoodle blog

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

A change develops in my doodling style...


By the ninth day into #februdoodle@bloowabbit I tried selecting a few colours alongside grey and black. And these doodles look very different. By the end of this week it was clear I was slipping into a predetermined idea. This doesn't fit my original challenge parameters. So do I loosen up my style again or go with the flow? Day 12 remains my favourite doodle/image to date - sometimes when following a challenge something clicks.


I don't normally use Sharpies in my art. Sometimes the ink colour can vary even though cap colours seem the same. Plus, nibs vary too, some are pointed while others are stubbed. It seems to be hit or miss when buying multi packs. But I wanted to use up my stock.

I did use the Sharpies as I would a pen, allowing the image to grow from series of lines but I also used the flat side of the nib in a more painterly way. And came to the conclusion that there's fine line doodling and perhaps paint block doodling (for want of a term), both styles giving a very different effect.

Here's the next seven februdoodles...


Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13

Day 14

Wondering what the result would be if I used both the blocks of colour from last week's doodles alongside the linear portraits that dominate this week's doodles. I think this is something I could work on in a separate sketchpad, aside from the art challenge. Perhaps in the week ahead I'll develop another change in style? Aimless it is then...



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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

One week into februdoodle


Seven days down, twenty one to go. Yay! At this point I really wish I had more of a social media presence - I'd love to see other doodlers get involved but hey, maybe that's in the future. If you do want to join in then upload your image with the hashtag #februdoodle  and add @bloowabbit so I can see it online. Doodles can be created with any pencil. pen or marker and can be of any size.

black pen doodle 2016

So my idea was to draw aimlessly in order free up my drawing style. I found it difficult sometimes to simply put pen on paper and let it go where it, in my guiding hand, went. I found I doodled better when watching Netflix or Amazon Prime or YouTube. When I'm sitting in meetings the agenda sheet is usually covered with black pen doodles by the close, (which look very different from the Sharpie doodles). So to doodle aimlessly the mind needs some sort of occupation to prevent a preconceived image leading the doodle.

alcohol marker doodles 2015 

The type of images I've ended up with remind me of my first marker doodles from 2015. Many contain repeat patterns, flat dramatic faces, and fantasy images. Yet this past week I've been layering patterns and colour washes so that might indicate there may be some evolution in my doodling style.

Here's the first seven februdoodles...

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

I seem to have selected more blue/purple Sharpies than other colours. Although I do like bursts of orange/yellow. I'm wondering what I would end up with if I purposefully selected a couple of colours to draw with or would that be contrary to my februdoodle 'aimless' approach? It would simplify things as I spend part of my doodling time deciding what colour to use next. 

Posting my doodles online means I'm now using Twitter every day so that's all good.

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Thursday, 1 February 2018

February the 1st...


Well !! It's been quite a day. What do you do when someone else decides to run an art challenge on Instagram using the same hashtag you've started using 6 days previous? To be fair the other artist told me she'd thought of it in Jan and put it up on her facebook page. However, when I tried it out on Instagram and found that nobody else was using the hashtag I reckoned the path was clear and so I adopted it. 

I know, I have no ownership over the hashtag. But when challenges are involved two artists using the same hashtags then chaos ensues. What pops up are my instructions for my challenge...and her different instructions for her challenge, a tad confusing.



I had the brass neck to suggest she use a different hashtag. I think that was heretical of me. I shall light a candle to the great god Insta. Anyhow, to be clear, here are the instructions for the bloowabbit #februdoodle challenge.



That's all there is to it...happy doodling! And if you choose to share it online please use the hashtag #februdoodle and add @bloowabbit

Februdoodle blog
Hashtag and Instagram blog

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Hashtag and Instagram...


When it comes to social media I'm not the brightest. I have my fb pages, my Instagram account and then I have a Twitter account that I try to avoid. I'm aware that Twitter can be the key to building followers yet I find it all too much. I find it difficult to decipher what to read and what to ignore. To me, Twitter seems like a huge meltdown of millions of people all trying to speak at once. But this year I intend to tweet more often. 


I love Instagram. I have a smartphone and am conscious of wanting to upload images every few days. And this week I discovered how to create a hashtag page. I've been diligently echoing my februdoodle event on my fb pages, on my Instagram page and on my Twitter account. But with only 237 friends on fb, 70 followers on my fb art page, 59 followers on Instagram and 17 followers on Twitter I doubt I'll make much of a social media impact.

I'm very appreciative and grateful for the pals who like and share my art. It's you who make me want to reach more people.


So 2018 is the year I push my social media strength. I may not develop superhero status but doubling numbers by the end of December would be a fair achievement. Setting time aside to read and reply seems important, it's not a one-way communication. And then there's my Pinterest page. I have 75 followers. Wow.

As for the challenge itself I will thoroughly enjoy completing it. It would be very exciting if other artists, doodlers and interested folk uploaded their work too, colour or black ink - just add the hashtag to your image description.







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Friday, 26 January 2018

Februdoodle

earthy doodle 2012

I'd been watching Peter Draws on YouTube - the one when he's up at six in the morning and doodling with a black Sharpie. And I realised I missed doodling. The wonderful aimlessness of taking a pen for a walk and seeing where it takes you.

Peter Draws (I think that should be his surname) has a nice voice, low and lulling. Sometimes he reads a story as a voiceover to his video but this one was a verbal ramble alongside the visual doodle.


coloured tree 2015

So next month I'm creating 'Februdoodle with Sharpies'. Every day I get to doodle, low pressured art, and see what I end up with after 28 days. February's a great month, over more quickly than the others. It's a hasty kind of a month, a free spirit within the year of months with extra days. A nice month to do a challenge.


big eye 2015

I've been looking at my art supplies and have a huge collection of Sharpies that need used. I reckon I'll use coloured Sharpies too, not just black on white paper. Whatever the mood takes me. I'm looking forward to it.


angel 2016

Drawing with Peter Draws: A Sharpie Doodle



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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Writing...


In recent years I've written short stories mostly about my childhood. Keeping memories alive and colourful. They're true stories with a little added, because a storyteller always adds a little. When I write short stories I am a storyteller, not a historian. 


And now I'm wrestling with a novel I started a few years back. It all began when I was 14 and walking home from school past bullies who gave me a really hard time. This was the 70s when Northern Ireland was in the middle of civil war. So, a girl dressed in a convent girl's uniform was an easy target for lads who 'kicked with the other foot'. I was spat upon, shoved onto the road and had stones thrown at me. I'd had enough. I created in my mind's eye a companion to walk home beside me, an Amazonian warrior. She was built like a brick s**t house, carried a sword and a shield and made me feel not so alone. She was the brave parts of me manifested. She helped me deal with the sectarianism.


The novel is about her, her origin, her life and her adventures. Fiction. Although her history took some shape over 40 years ago I began writing it down in 2016, the words gushing out of me onto paper. Hard copy. I ended up with 70k words which I then cut down to around 40k. The beginning of the story needs work and the end of the story is strong. But the middle is the hardest, trying to pull it all together so that it reads well, so that the story flows. I've been putting off finishing the novel even though it excites me when I'm working on it. It excites me so much that already ideas for 2 subsequent novels have taken form. I just need to sit down and write it, not worry whether it's a good tale or not. I'll leave that up to the publisher.



'Everyone has a book inside them, which is exactly where it should, 
I think, in most cases, remain.' Hitchens


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