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Doodling Flying Friends



Let your imagination run wild with doodling ideas...

Weird fun fact: I had a pet cockatoo growing up. Well, technically it was my dad's parrot (and loved him alone) but she lived in my house, and we were basically sisters. Her name was Katherine Cornelia (KC for short) and boy, did she rule the roost.

She could say, "Hi," and "Hello" and liked to dance to jazz music. She was such an odd creature, but a beautiful one at that.

20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly and 44 Other Things With Wings brought me right back to my high school days when KC flew into our lives. One of the exercises features cockatoos in all their glory. These magnificent birds come in many shapes, sizes, and wingspans. Katherine was white with pink at the base of her plumage, but I'm also fond of the yellow and other variously colored birds.

Not as smitten with cockatoos as I am? What about dragonflies, ladybugs, or peacocks? Those are some winged doodling options as well. Perhaps you're thinking abut inanimate objects. Well, then you can try hang gliders, modern aircrafts, or paper airplanes!

Images excerpted from 20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly and 44 Other Things with Wings

This book provides the inspiration for doodling and blank pages that really let your imagination run wild. You can even pick an object not featured doodle away. Go crazy!

Do you have a favorite winged creature you like to doodle?


Heather Linder

Heather is a journalist and writer living in Chicago with her composer husband and art-loving puppy, Lancelot. She's on an endless quest for the city's best coffee and is endlessly inspired by Chicago's magnificent skyline. Heather is a bookworm, aspiring chef, and NPR fanatic. She's in the process of teaching her beagle to use a French press and overcoming her fear of DIY.



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