Christina Lembo

Designer, doodler, hand-letterer, collagist

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Bathroom doodles

I always seem to doodle the same self-contained space, with my eyes closed or open. Here is my "eyes closed" exercise -- I quite liked the part about listening to the pen on the paper!

and my Doodling exercise #2

I liked playing around with the fluidity and where my pen would take me if I just didn't allow it to leave the page. I drew this while listening to Bon Iver.

On Doodling Exercise #3, practicing being more conscious of what I was drawing, I expanded on the tree I had found in #2, and the coiled structure beneath, and the heart that sprouted from it. Turning the page lent itself quite well to my tendency toward pattern play.

I initially started my project with something like this, spinning off of Doodle exercise #3.

But I really preferred the organic quality of the Doodle exercise to what I was coming up with when I had "final drawing" set in my mind. It was just too clean and trying too hard.

Earlier, on a call, I had been playing around with some lettering.

And the text I was doodling in my first attempt kept bringing me to the song lyrics for the Beatles' "Let It Be," one of my favorite songs. This is a personal project to be hung in our home somewhere, hence the use of song lyrics. So I let myself play with the lettering there and draw organically around it, and came up with this, which I'm currently playing around with (spitting, polishing, etc.) following the video lessons. I'm excited to see where it takes me!

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