Oodles of doodles

Doodle pattern using watercolour and fine liner

One of the fun things about deciding to go try going down the stock image route is that I can get out all the old illustration experiments I did and then discarded on my previous attempts to make a signature style. One of the problems I’ve always had is settling on one way of doing creative stuff. Now I don’t need to.

Here’s a pattern I made from a loose doodle style using watercolour and fine liners. I like the light hearted brightness of this one.

Doodle pattern using watercolour and fine liner
Doodle pattern using watercolour and fine liner

This is now for sale as a stock seamless pattern and as fabric on Spoonflower , fingers crossed other folks like it too.

 

Boho hippy retro chic

I’ve recently been converting my hand drawn patterns into vector versions, as demonstrated here:

Hand drawn boho mandala pattern in marker and pastel pencil
Hand drawn boho mandala pattern in marker and pastel pencil

And the vector version of it as a seamless repeating pattern:

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Pinky bluey patterny

Of all the patterns I’ve drawn recently I think this one is my favourite. It’s hand-drawn and was composed as I went – no photoshop involved other than to clean up the scan. I also learned an important lesson about keeping my scanner dust-free as it took absolutely ages to clean up. I’m now the proud owner of some cleaning wipes for exactly that purpose.

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Lots of circles

I remember way back when I was doing a BTEC in Graphic design I did a project that needed a design for a Windsor and Newton Gouache box. I painstakingly painted a complicated circles pattern using said gouache. 27 years later and I’m back to drawing circles.

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I was so happy with the result of that project that it was the turning point that convinced me that the graphic design option was going to work out. Which it did, for many years, until it didn’t any more. In hindsight I think it was actually the circle pattern that I was happy with, more than the graphic design elements that surrounded it.

Hindsight it a wonderful thing and all that… 😉

The beginning

I wish I had photographs of my early pattern doodles done as a kid. There were hundreds of them but I can’t remember what became of them. I do have piles of doodles from the last 10 or so years.

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Old black and white doodles

I’ve doodled during long journeys, I’ve doodled in cafes, I’ve doodled between calls in call centres and while pupils completed exercises when I was a TEFL teacher. About the only time I didn’t doodle was when I was a graphic designer – which is partly why I’m not any more 🙂

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More doodles

So many years and so many doodles yet I never really did anything with any of them. I considered training as a tattoo artist but I’m not sure I could make needles and blood my friends.

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Even more doodles

Many wise proverbs speak of doing something you love and that comes naturally to you. Check and check. And so here I am…

It’s all for the love of pattern, colour and style.