Some of you may have seen my squiggle drawing from my Crayons post the other day. I don’t know what inspired me to start making these full page doodles, but I do them fairly often when I can’t think of something more artistic to do in my sketchbook. All of these are from my High School sketchbook and range in creation from 2005 – 2009. I’ve created them in a lot of different media, from crayon to marker to sharpie.
To make one of these I simple start by creating a few random shapes on a page, and then slowly trace those shapes over and over until the whole page is filled. When lines start intersecting I created larger paths. Before adding colors they look a bit like really bizarre topographical maps. Once drawn sometimes I will go back over the lines with a pen to make them sharper, and other times I will simple color in the lines. As you can see in some of the pictures sometimes I will use an image from a magazine for the shape instead of just drawing something random. The whole process is easy, fun, meditative, and relaxing. Its a good way to keep doing something artistic when you don’t have the brain for something more complicated.