FREE: Cactus Doodling
Doodling can be a beautiful art form. Turn this simple drawing into a mini masterpiece!
Easy Peasy Level:
Doodling is typically, random absent minded scribbles on a page. But it can also be used to create interest, pattern and texture in an artwork. In this artwork we fill a simple shape with patterns, lines and doodles concentrating on detail and technique.
You will need:
- Sheet of white paper
- Thick black marker
- Thin/fine black felt tip pen
Easy Peasy Tips:
- Pattern based artworks and colouring books have become very fashionable of late. If you need inspiration for your patterns, try searching on the internet where you will find a wealth of ideas.
- Don’t forget to place newspaper or a table cover under your work if you are using permanent markers.
- Really concentrate on being as accurate as possible when your lines or patterns meet to create a neat and appealing artwork.
Creating Your Artwork:
- For this lesson you will need 2 different sized pens/markers as shown.
- In the centre of the page draw two vertical lines as shown using the thick marker. Remember to keep this drawing small so don’t draw the lines too big or too far apart.
- Now join the vertical lines with two curved lines as shown.
- Underneath, leave a small space then draw another curved line as shown. This will form the bottom of the pot.
- Draw the sides of the pot as shown.
- Draw 3 ‘smiles’ as shown.
- On the top 2 smiles, draw different sized arch shapes to create the leaves and branches of your cactus plant. Try to add an odd number as odd number always look best in a drawing!
- Complete the main section of the cactus by joining it all up with curved lines.
- Add shadows to your pot and cactus as shown and colour in black. Adding black is important in this picture as it creates ‘contrast’ in the artwork which helps to make it appealing to the viewer.
- This section is all up to you! Use your imagination and fill in each of the different shapes of the picture using different patterns. Use the fine pen for this part of the activity. Really concentrate on detail and neatness. Your artwork is now complete.
What do you like about your artwork? What would you do differently next time?
- If you like this art lesson why not try one of our other pattern based art lessons.
- Try drawing other simple shapes and filling them with different patterns. The trick is to keep the shape simple and rather small. Otherwise your artwork all become very time consuming.