I'm a big fan of Gemma Correll's drawings, so when I saw her work in Doodling for Dog People, I couldn't help but get excited to break out my art supplies.
Fiona Gowen's quirky, fun illustrations bring the creative exercises and prompts in 150 Fun Things to Doodle to life, including everything from a personalized robot to a furry sheepdog. Fiona currently works as a freelance illustrator in the UK, but also has design experience in local studios as well as the publishing industry in London. I had the opportunity to chat with Fiona about what inspires her work, as well as her eclectic mix of hobbies and interests (crochet and brewing homemade beer are both on the list!)
Did you ever play with color forms as a kid? They looked like sticker books but instead had vinyl-like pieces you could stick and re-stick to your heart's desire. My favorite ones were the Little Mermaid color forms, where you could position Ariel and her friends all over the seascape. Setting up those scenes brought joy to my little heart. (I'm not sure if anyone makes true color forms anymore, so I'm tempted to snatch these up.)
Coming in March 2015, the Doodling For... series appeals to seasoned artists and doodle enthusiasts alike. Each title is packed with more than 50 fun and inspirational prompts, doodling exercises, and factoids.
You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.-Maya Angelou
Take a walk through a garden to see what patterns of nature appeal to you. Then create tangles based on what you see. —Penny Raile
Let your imagination run wild with doodling ideas...
Tangling is such an interesting art concept to me. It mixes sketching and doodling and can turn a plain drawing into an elaborate, textureful scene. I made up the word textureful, but I think it fits since tangling is about building on the realistic to produce something more interesting and dramatic (or at least patterned) than what you might see in real life. So consider that some word tangling.
The title pretty much says it all. I've always been the type to doodle small drawings on papers, notebooks, and journals, and lately I've been having fun with colored pencil illustrations. I try to keep a few bright colors near my couch so that I can practice drawing whenever I'm watching TV. Though sometimes I can't have colored pencils with me, it's always fun to start a drawing in pen and add that splash of color later.
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