I’m so thrilled to host today’s Doodle Day prompt, but I am terrified of drawing it. It makes me hide in fear. Are you sure YOU want to draw this doodle?? You do? All right – I guess it’s time I conquer my fears…. (After all, my almost 2 yr old grandsons are not afraid of these. )
…the Doodle Day prompt today is……. [gulp]….
…as in VEHICLES of Transportation….Family movers….from vacation carriages…to moon rovers…fun and silly, sleek and fast, ….. Duckmobiles….Charactermobiles….Inovativemobiles….
So why am I afraid of and so bad at drawing Cars? I think I try to be too literal with them. We have preconceived ideas of what cars should look like and we stifle our creative side. Alison Hertz (our Doodle Day Founder) and I were discussing it. Here’s a bit of our conversation:
Alison: (who you may recall was a toy designer): “I agree, cars are scary and I created the Chunky trucks toy line years ago – I also created the star wars pod racers. Still scary. When I was a middle school art teacher, I heard [‘I can’t draw’] from adults all the time – my response was “Who told you that?” The general public thinks that an ability to draw means creating a masterpiece fit for a museum – silly. They put too much pressure on themselves. Look at a 4 year old – they just draw – no pressure, just do it and enjoy it. Grown ups lose that along the way for fear of judgment. Society is too judgy – people should stop worrying.”
Me: I love that. When I was younger (just a few years ago by the way), I never thought I could draw or that I was ‘worthy’ of saying I could – because of what you just said….because I judged MY work by the quality or style of someone else’s work. We can certainly admire someone else’s work but we don’t have to be them – because then we would only ever be a second best. But we can be the best US! Doodle Day has been liberating for me…thanks to you, Alison!
So when you start to doodle your car, try not to use a picture or preconceived image in your head…don’t overthink – let your imagination take you on a doodling car trip….. You could even try a scribble or zentangle and put wheels on it. Pick a critter to mobilize with wheels….or jet packs….or….? Try a series of circles or shapes…add a horn and wheels…Voila!
Questions to get the creative juices bubbling…
- Where will this vehicle be taking you (or your character)?
- What ‘era’ is it? (stone age, pre-auto, space age, futuristic)
- How many and what kind of people/creatures does it hold?
- Does your car have a unique feature (a pool, library, barbecue…)?
- Are you exploring, or on a leisurely drive or racing off to somewhere?
- Does your car have its own personality or quirks?
Have fun!!! And here are a few famous ‘personality’ cars to inspire you.
Oh – and if you have a blog or website – share the info in the comments so we can all check out each other’s sites along with our Doodle Day Group page.
Stay relaxed-remember no stress… and doodle away!!!
Thanks, Alison, for this opportunity – I had a great time.
Blessings on your creativity!
P.S. I now have to play doodle delay catchup..I was gone all week…
(super book by the way)
And my grandsons’ favorites….
For all the Doodle Day prompts go to http://alisonhertz.blogspot.com/ and check out the Blog archives.