FREE: The Art of Doodling
Doodling can be loads of fun and relaxing at the same time. Chill out with this great pattern and line artwork.
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 draw a simple picture inside of a box then fill it with different patterns, lines and doodles concentrating on detail and technique. In this artwork we really concentrate on using the visual elements of line, shape and value.
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.
For the Teacher:
- This is also a great lesson to develop handwriting skills as it uses the same fine motor techniques.
- Remind students about how they can achieve neatness with this artwork by focusing on making sure that their lines and patterns match up as accurately as possible.
- Also encourage students to try and use different amounts of black in their patterns. For best results, some of the sections should appear ‘lighter’ because they have less coloured black while other should contain more black and appear ‘darker’. In art we call this Value.
Creating Your Artwork:
- For this lesson you will need 2 different sized pens/markers as shown.
- Using the thick marker draw a square or rectangle on you page. Don’t draw it too big as it will be too time consuming to fill. Your box should be no larger than about 12cmx12cm.
- In the centre of the box, draw a simple shape to be the focus of your little artwork. In this case we used a tree which we then decorated with patterns. But you could draw any shape or picture you like.
- From this picture draw several lines outwards to the edge of the box. Try and break the box up into different sized pieces but also try and space them evenly or your artwork may look lopsided. You can use curved, wiggly or jagged lines to do this.
- Choose one of the sections and begin making your pattern. Start by simply making lines or shapes to break this section up into smaller pieces.
- Now break these sections up into smaller sections again using different size pens if you like.
- Keep adding detail until you make the decision that you are happy with the pattern you have created. This is entirely up to you, but remember if you haven’t added enough or if you have added too much, the section won’t look great.
- Repeat in each of the sections, trying to create different and interesting patterns or doodles in each. When creating the sections, try and use different amounts of coloured black. This creates contrast and value (light or dark) in your artwork.
- Continue adding patterns and doodles.
- When completed, look for any last sections that may need more pattern or black. Your artwork is now complete.
What do you like about your artwork? What would you do differently next time?
- You can try this doodling technique using a number of mediums. Try different coloured pens or pencils.
- You can also try your doodling inside any type of shape. Draw an irregular shape like a blob and fill it with pattern.
- Another idea is to draw a picture of a simple object and fill the different sections with pattern.
- Why not try our Cactus Doodling Lesson or one of our other pattern based art lessons.