It’s always great to find a book that encourages one to have fun and this one certainly makes a person want to grab a blank sheet of paper and have a great time. I have always been a doodler but have had a fairly limited of primitive images that I tend to use and this book encouraged me to get beyond the ‘seagulls at a distance’ scribblings. I was amazed to discover what difference little lines can make when one knows where to put them. It’s just fun to play with making different types of eyes and then learn how to add little details to make different expressions. The other contributions that encourage one to combine drawings into larger pictures or make borders prompt one to create fanciful drawings without looking for perfection. A great book for stimulating creativity.
“Craft-a-Doodle: 75 Creative Exercises From 18 Artists” by Jenny Doh is a book that gives ideas and instruction on how to enhance some of those aimless scribbles that we all tend to do while theoretically occupied elsewhere. The charming illustrations give hints about how to draw quirky figures and combine them into portraits, decorations for edging papers or art to be framed. There are step by step instructions that are easy to follow and a great variety of exercises to stimulate one’s creative ideas.
Using a simple doodle as a starting point, 18 artists take you on an inspirational, crafty journey! Filled with inventive prompts designed to fuel the imagination, these 75 exercises motivate crafters to pick up a pencil, brush, or marker, and explore their artistic voice. From quick “try it” ideas using shapes and patterns to doodled portraits and contour drawings, these step-by-step projects are wild creative fun. The featured artists include Cori Dantini, who provides a “Recipe for a Face”; Flora Chang with innovative watercolor designs; and Teesha Moore who offers ideas for adding personality to doodled characters.