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Coffee Break Art: Drawing a Doodle

teacher avatar Charlotte DeMolay, Art | Writing | Nature

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 4.

      Doodle Shape and Guidelines


    • 5.

      All About Lines


    • 6.

      Amazing Spirals


    • 7.

      Circles and Loops


    • 8.

      Grids and Optical Illusions


    • 9.

      Visual Interest with Freeform


    • 10.

      Finishing the Doodle


    • 11.

      Your Project


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About This Class

Do you love to Doodle? Do you ever look at Doodles for inspiration and get confused by their complexity? Have you tried learning about Doodles and got overwhelmed by all the patterns and names? This class is for you! We will break down Doodling into simple parts that are easy to apply to your own creations.

This class will step doodlers through the basics of creating a black and white art doodle. We will begin with an overview of materials, how to plan the art doodle, basic doodles and the finishing touches.

The class project will be a finished black and white art doodle using the starting skills and 2-3 of the doodles learned. 

This class is designed for the beginning art or doodle enthusiast. No prior experience is required.

If you'd like to learn some basic color theory to add some color to your doodles, check out Coloring a Doodle: Color Theory for Coloring Enthusiasts.

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Charlotte DeMolay

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Part of my passion for art is teaching others. I have taught students of all ages for over 35 years. I love teaching the creative soul who thinks they 'can't' do art as well as the advanced student wanting to push their work to a new level.

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I work in acrylic, wa... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Do you like to doodle? You see beautiful, complex doodles A wonder how they're done Have you tried to learn how to doodle and the patterns and names got overwhelming This'll class will show you how to draw a beautiful We'll go over supplies and inspiration. I'll break down the techniques and two easy steps and then we'll finish with the work of art Please join me for some coffee break Art will be drawing a doodle. 2. Overview: but I'm Charlotte dealing. I've been an artist instructor for 20 years. I work in a variety of mediums, including acrylic, pastel collage and I teach You were born. Welcome to coffee Break heart This serious this design for the beginning Artist, the art enthusiasts. Anybody who just wants to have some fun making some things, it drawing todo will be going over the supply. Similarly, how to get started drawing basic doodles and how to finish your needle? Grab your coffee. Let's get creative. 3. Supplies: first, we need something to do our doodle on. Any type of heavyweight paper will work. I usually use a card stock, or you can use a Bristol board. Cut it into any size you want. Square artist trading cards size. I even use old playing cards, and I cover it with white Jess Oh, or a white paint and use it as a surface to draw on. This will be a little rough, but it can create some interesting effects. You can also use journals to doodle in. This is great for taking drawings on the go doodling on the go when you're out and about, you could get sketchbooks. That pin attached to the one thing I do recommend is used some sort of card stock to place in between the paper so your pin doesn't leak through to the next. Now let's get something to make marks with. You'll need a pencil, an eraser to help set up and clean up your doodle. After that pins air up to you. I like Micron picks Maupin's and different weights. 351 Make some great different lines. If you scrapbook, you can grab some your scrapbooking pins. You can even use a Sharpie. Um, anything that'll make a mark. If you have a favorite gel pin, anything that feels comfortable comes out smooth and makes a good fluid line. It's good to do now. What to doodle. You can gather your inspiration from a variety of places. Actual doodly books, any other kind of design books, archival books with designs on them. I also like printing different types of doodles online. You can find sheets of different things. And as we go through the steps, even though these look overwhelming, I'll show you how to break it down and create the different types of patterns and doodles that you see there. Plenty of resource is online for different doodle ideas. Different patterns. Different, um, things to incorporate into your final doodle. Pinterest is a great place to search for and get inspiration for doodles. I have ah Pinterest board for art doodles. I'll put that down in. The resource is you can follow my board and get some ideas from there 4. Doodle Shape and Guidelines: welcome back to drawing the doodle. Our next step is deciding how we want to make our due to what the basic shape is. Now first, start off with what kind of paper you want it on. Do you want a piece of card stock? Do you want an artist trading card? Are you going to do it in your in your doodle journal? Either way, already? Just gonna have fun. A practice? She Right now The next step. Once you decided your paper is to decide the shape of your doodle. Now you can take the practice paper, decide That's it. That this rectangle is much or the square is gonna be my shape. And you can go with that. Or you could do some shapes. Like maybe you're gonna do your initial. I'm outlining this in pencil when? A little bit darker. Then I would if I was doing this to start a doodle. I want to make sure it comes across very clear. You don't need anything fancy here. I'm using a piece of tape just to make a circle. If you have stencils, you want a stencil? A shape in the heart, our star Maybe you want a free form, something. If you want a free form, your initial. It's kind of a big, curvy. See there, however you want to do it, that's your starting point is the shape of your doodle. You get the shape that you want to do. Then you're going to draw some guidelines because usually your doodle isn't one complete doodle over the whole thing. You don't do one pattern and each thing. Usually it's a series of several doodles put together, and that's where your guidelines come into play. So I'm gonna set us a sign and say We were doing this right tangle. And again, I'm drawing these darker than I would be if I was doing started, offered it'll. I just want to make sure it's coming across a very clear. So I'm going to divide this up, just randomly put some guidelines in here and to just sort of a little more interest. Maybe I'm gonna put a star shape, not the whole thing, just sort of coming off part of that sauced insulin. My star here, it's okay. That's my start. Now, what this means is in each one of these sections, I'm gonna do a different style of doodling 5. All About Lines: Okay, let's get started with some doodles. I'm going to set aside the shape while play a little bit. First thing I want to show you is the line straight lines. You have curved lines, wavy lines. If you look at any sort of inspiration, it's all consists of some sort of line. Unless you have dots, of course, which sometimes lines can turn into dots. Now, one thing I want you to notice when you're drawing looking. You can use lines to help decide the amount of white space left on your paper, and this can help with the with the amount of contrasts. If you have areas that are really Dent and you need to lighten it up, you can just change that. With the amount of lines you put in, look at the difference between these two boxes have spread the mount. There's a lot of white space in here. I'll do the same thing here, draw the lines a lot closer together, and that fills again. It sort of gives your I almost a little bit of shading, even though we're only using black and white. It fills in that space mixed, denser and heavier, so keep that in mind when you're filling in your spaces in your doodle and make that decision on each one that I want a type of doodle that's a dense and heavy and has a whole lot less white space showing or don't want a lighter or eerie. Now I'm going to stop talking and I'm gonna do some quick doodles and you should notice this could be sped up just to give you some of my favorites that use the line. 6. Amazing Spirals: next, we're going to take that line and we're gonna move on to the spiral. Now. Obviously this. When people think of spiral, I think a big curve that never becomes a circle goes on and on, and obviously that's a simple spiral. You can also do that with the square a rectangle. And again, these are just lines, which is not lived in Arpin. We're making them smaller and smaller in creating a spiral. Don't with triangle do any shape like that that goes smaller and smaller. And what about some other types of spirals? Let's go with that triangle shape. This is a fun one. I really like how this one looks. So you take there from the corner up and it's starting from that same spot. Pull it down to this side. You always start from you're let where you ended from in that corner and take it to the next side and the size. How do you do? This determines how fast a spiral is. If you make it tighter, it will look like more of a spiral be spread amount. It'll look like less of one. No easy that Waas. Here's another simple one, and I will do the magic speed up camera because this one takes a few minutes 7. Circles and Loops: our next doodle part to learn our circles and loops and, of course, circles or simple assay sound. I am sorry and my sloppy do door so off. A lot of times my circles, if I'm not careful, end up looking like a field spiral. You can get your doodles. There's neat or a sloppy issue. Would like circles all different sizes. A loop. It's basically circle with the tail. Bury the sizes very their starting points loops are a lot of fun. You can combined what we've already learned. There are some lines and a loop or a circle. Circles are one of my favorite ways to fill in spaces because you control again. We were talking about the light in the dark space. You can control that with circles very easily at the space you want to fill, and you like to keep it on the lighter side to draw some big circles in here. Then you decide. Hey, that's too light. You could come in and add some smaller circles around it. You get TV tiny with your circles. Then if you said that's still a little too much white space. What I like to do is fill in that white space around the circles makes a really need sort of textured pebbly effect. That's one of my favorites to do. You could have a lot of phone with the loops as well. Okay, lets handsome circles to our doodle. 8. Grids and Optical Illusions: okay, Next. Removing onto the grid. Now the grid may seem simple. It's a combination of lines, right? But not always. And of course, the simplest grid is drawing a grid of lines and then fill in the den with all kinds of things. You could fill it in with spirals in any sort of pattern. That's a key to agree this. There's always some sort of pattern involved, usually every other one type thing. Um, let's say we could put some loops in here. Now, when you're doing grids, you can choose to have drawing the lines yourself with pin or drawing the lines with a pencil and then erase them later. And that gives another effect. I kind of show you what that would look like. It's gonna look a little bit rough because I'm doing it without pencil lines. I'm just sort of free handing where it would be. But if you draw a light grid with a pencil and then filled in these spaces, the pattern that I'm doing and erased your line she would get the idea. It's kind of a floating grid. Grid's don't have to be straight back and forth. You can also do a diagonal grid, and this can be fun. That's some sort of shaper box that you're intersections. You may even want circles that you intersections or leave a blank and then fill it in with different lines. Just remember, the basic component of the grid is the repeating pattern, said generally, every other one. That's some sort of pattern, quite a lot of interesting effects this way. Now, if you like me and you like to jump all over the place as long you keep it straight, Um, but that's a little more confusing. You can just go okay, this way, this way, this way. And go straight down every other one so you don't get messed up or jump around. Whatever your style is now, one of the most fun things about grids to me is you can create some neat optical illusions with it. So let's set up a grid with some docks, see what kind of need effects we can get connecting these thoughts Okay, so we'll start off with curve out curve again. Curve out, out, curved end, curve out, Yeah, out young out and then do the opposite here in, and it's an inner out. But you know what? What? You're looking at it. You just want to make sure it's the opposite of the side when you get this neat sort of woven effect. Another favorite, it's similar to this. Got a little out of line with this one. That's okay. I don't mind. Okay, draw some curbs. And here again, this is gonna give another meat woven effect. And if you're I would like it to be a little more lined up in perfect, you can always come in and draw the guidelines with pencil. I kind of go with the spirit of the doodle. May not be perfect. You may have extra lines. May have a few straight marks hearing there. That's OK. Another thing to remember is also I've been using the same pin through all all of this. This is makes a good, nice, bold line. This is when I think I pulled this out of my scrapbook and set, but it made a good line to see on the camera. But you're changed the quality of the line and the types of pins that you use. If you're using a thinner pin on doing things like circles, airlines it's gonna fill that in much differently or for using a thicker pin. Or if you're even using a brush pain, you get an entirely different effect as well. With a brush pin. Don't tend to use a brush a lot for doodling except me before a special effect here in there. OK, one last one, I'll show you one of my favorites again. It's another type optical illusion type starting off with the dot grid. This one is beautiful, mainly because it just looks so need. And it's so much easier than it appears to be when you first look at Okay, so the key is just to go over under over under so far under and you want a match on this side, over under under, and then the same here. You basically do the opposite. Kind of hard to think about. If you're going over, you want to kind of come to the point, and that makes that fun little wavy grid that you see on a lot of different things takes a second sometimes on line it up and say OK, is that over? Is that under there again? One of my favorites. So I'm gonna add this one to my doodle 9. Visual Interest with Freeform: Hi. Welcome back to drawing the doodle or on our last doodle, the free form. Let's draw a few free forms here, just as it sounds very free, a lot of times very flowing. Let's see your thinking. Wait a minute. This looks an awful lot like what we cover to begin the beginning, which was lying or potentially line in the loop, and you're correct. What makes freeform different is that it's not tip click part of a pattern. There usually individual marks their incorporated to add visual interest and in for that type of piece of free form a lot of time. They need to be planned first in your doodle, for example, this one that you've seen on my title, I actually drew my shape. I drew my guidelines. But then I did about free for first. So why am I teaching your freeform last if a lot of times it needs to be done first, basically, because if I started off with this and said, Hey, here's your first doodle freeform that doesn't really look like teaching something new, but when you put free form at end of learning the other doodles, lines, spirals, circles, loops grids. Didn't you see how it is very different, even though it incorporates those shapes that doesn't quite follow that same rule of being part of a pattern or card up sort of a space filler? Now, just because you do it at the beginning doesn't mean that it can't be used as a space filler because, as you've seen me, go along and fill in my shape, I didn't allow for that in the beginning, so I'll be using. It's filled in this space over here instead of doing a big free form shape here so it can be used for both. It's just something that think about. So now it's time to be quiet. I'll draw some free forms that show that they're very easy to do, just like the other shapes. No 10. Finishing the Doodle: Hi. Welcome back to drawing the doodle. We're on our last stage, which is finishing the doodle and you can see I filled in my star with a dot pattern I have that at the end of this video in the super fast time motion machine, mainly because I just loved watching myself drawl superfast. I wish we could all create that fast. Is the speed up anyway, So toe finish off your doodle. Since this is a black and white doodle, the first thing I like to do is go through in check for any rough edges lines that may have gone over as mentioned before. I'm kind of a sloppy doodler. I'm often doodling when I'm watching TV. I just have a very sketchy style. So I find little edges here, wrap gone over. Or maybe my circle words artist, solid as I want them to be. So this is the time when you go through and make some of those corrections, um, darken up your lines. I really like how this star, that dark, dense blackness of this pattern that I didn't hear the circles and the loops like that makes that star stand out. So I'm just gonna darken up around the start. It can kind of make that pop a little bit more. You could say I have a little spot in there. That might be a dot It might be a line. Doesn't matter. You can just take your pen and fix those right up. Another thing I like to do is where we had our pencil lines before. Often times you This is when you can go through and dark and those up maybe didn't actually have any pin going on top of the pencil line. This is when you can 10 right on top of that of the pencil. Like right here. That's actually pencil right there and set up 10. I'm gonna bring this up all the way up dark in that in. So you go around who doodle you make it corrections. You fix spot. Set a little sloppy. Maybe Didn't need to be a little bit darker next because it is black and white. You can either leave it like this and maybe color it. That's gonna be my next. That's the next in this series is coloring the doodle ready? Like it like this? This is great, but it could use just a little bit more pop. That's when a pencil comes in handy and you can do some light shaving in this ad that in here and it doesn't take a lot. Just a few spots, adding a little bit of shading in here to kind of make those curves stand out. A little shading one side of these circles gives it a little bit more. Three D look. So pencil adds a whole lot into your doodle if you want to keep it black and white and give it just a little bit more pop. I will caution you, though, that if you intend on skinning these in, Ah, lot of my doodles I did have the black one does do have pencil shading in it on, and I had some difficulty scanning the men, so just kind of keep your attention in mind when you do these different phases of what you want to do. OK, when you feel like you're doodles done, very less step in any piece of artwork is to sign it. I played around with all kinds of versions of my initials. I usually sign my artwork, Charlotte B. De Mille a And so I used my middle initial. And I initially tried all these different doodles doing the B. You know, all these different combinations, and it just may just look silly. But I heard to do that. Take your initials, your name, your nickname. Whatever you want to do, whatever you sign your artwork with just Philip age making it creative and interesting. And a lot of times like this, when I was showing you this port may have caught that my initials were on it. And when you see it in the titles, it's not. When I scanned it to clean that up, I kind of have hit the point. I don't like the look of the of my signing it off the doodle because of problems like that . So I'm starting to put my initials in my noodle so I'll just take one of these bubbles. I put my C in my d and there my artwork signed. If you want your full name, you've got spots in here after signing your artwork the very, very last step, which some choose to do. Some don't. If you're going to scan it, I recommend it is waiting until you know the ink is good and dry and erasing any pencil lines Now, obviously, if you're doing the pencil shading, this is probably not a good step. But you want a nice script. Black, Chris, black and white to doodle for just like batters likes it. If you want to be able to scan it in or something, then you can go very lightly. Like said, Wait until you know everything's dry. You can erase any of your guidelines that you have event your doodle is complete. 11. Your Project: Thank you for joining me for following to doodle. If you followed along in class and through your own doodle, please uploaded in the project section. If not, grab some paper decided shape used two or three doodles and then upload your results. You enjoy this class. Please leave a review and click the following me. But then you'll know when I post new classes or updates or discussions on this one. Thank you. Happy creating.