Things to do with a doodle

I do a lot of black-and-white doodle type pictures. I have done for years, in fact – my mother pointed out one she has on her windowsill that I drew when I was in the sixth form, more than twenty years ago.

There are lots of things to do with a doodle. Sometimes I keep them black and white, but a lot of the time I like to colour them in some way. These days, I try to scan (or at least photograph) the black and white picture before I hand-colour it, because then I have the digital image to manipulate in many ways.

I thought I’d show you a floral doodle I did recently and a variety of pictures I created from it.

Here’s the original black and white doodle

 

Black and White Floral Doodle    © Tasha Goddard 2013   www.tag-illustration.co.uk

 

And here it is, hand coloured, using Faber Castell pens (the Landscape pack).

Floral Doodle Hand Coloured with Faber Castell pens    © Tasha Goddard 2013   www.tag-illustration.co.uk

 

This version has been coloured in Photoshop. I removed all the black lines and just coloured the gaps – an effect I use quite often, as it gives an etched or printed look. I’ve also added some texture, using Pattern Overlays (set to Multiply).

Floral Doodle Coloured in Photoshop    © Tasha Goddard 2013   www.tag-illustration.co.uk

This pattern was created in Illustrator. Here, I went the other way and removed the fills and just used the lines (I got these by doing an Image Trace, so the lines are all actually fills). I coloured individual elements (I can’t remember the colour palette I used, though I think it might be one of my autumn palettes) and I duplicated a few to fill out the pattern better.

Floral Pattern Coloured and Patterned in Illustrator CC    © Tasha Goddard 2013   www.tag-illustration.co.uk

And here’s a different pattern I made (this time using fills, rather than lines). I used a colour palette I made from a photo of flowers in my sister’s garden and again I duplicated some elements to fill the pattern out more. I can’t quite decide whether the darker colours should be in there or not – they work well as part of the overall palette, but possibly not in this particular pattern.

Floral Pattern Coloured and Patterned in Illustrator CC    © Tasha Goddard 2013   www.tag-illustration.co.uk

 

Floral Colour Palette    © Tasha Goddard 2013   www.tag-illustration.co.uk

There’s lots more that can be done to doodle style pictures. Some examples from me include

Female pattern design

Beside the sea

House on the hill

Promarker owls

Inktense trees

 

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