All is ok! I joined this year 100-Day Project (2019). I decided to draw 100 kawaii doodles Using muji marker pens.
Beyond forcing myself to do a creative task for 100 days, I wanted to push my “meticulous” self into being looser and drawing without much planning and drawing.
I feel that this project significantly increased my drawing skills and confidence. It also increased my character design skills, especially when it comes to drawing people.
I copied the first few pages mostly from a reference with human drawings. But the last page (100th day) I literally “just drew”. I said to myself, “I want to jump a happy girl.” And it turned out.
The power of the app and to do something for 100 days in a row. You can see the girl jumping in the “Drawings Gallery” below.
Sketchbook Tour: Episode 1/5
Sketchbook Tour: Part 2/5
Sketchbook Tour: Episode 3/5
Sketchbook Tour: Episode 4/5
Sketchbook Tour: Episode 5/5
Day 32: Timelapse Drawing Succulents
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Day 1 – April 2, 2019: Doodle Nature
I made a “Nature” doodles page today. What’s your favourite? Mine was chestnut and acorn.
OH MY GOD!! It was unbearable today! The drawing finally came together, but all my mind was screaming to me, “Are you sure this is going there? !! What if it doesn’t work? “
I just had to close and press my ears.
These doodle pages need to take me 15 minutes. But it took me a full hour today. Just one page for that. I did not make drafts or many versions. This is it – this is the page that takes me an hour.
Okay … just take a day, right?
Day 2 – April 3, 2019: Doodle Flowers
Of course, we decide to go on holiday on the second day of the “100-day project”. Good-bye founded my studio and close to perfect lighting.
But a challenge is a challenge! If I am going to do this for 100 days, I have to learn to work with whatever is available in my life, no matter what else.
So here we present you a floral doodles page (a comfortable subject for me conditions) photographed on a green grass background.
Day 3 – April 4, 2019: Doodle Fruits
I still get used to drawing every day (read: I’m panicking about the time elapsed!). So I had to do something fast today.
Since I was working on a book called “Kawaii Foods” and I just finished the fruit section, I decided to play it safe and draw a page of colorful fruits.
We are still traveling and I am far from my beloved flatlay studio setup. However, a trip to a fixed store was solved with the problem of photo background. I have a work surface and $ 1.65 later on the white background again!
Day 4 – April 5, 2019: Doodle Vegetables
I found today’s doodle inspiration in the grocery production hallway. I love all the different colors and textures in these vegetables!
Which will be at dinner?
Day 5 – April 6, 2019: Doodle Borders
I really wish I would choose one of the dotted notebooks for this project today. This would make my life much easier by aligning things (like these limits!).
Oh, I honestly didn’t think about it. I am totally on using any tool that will make the job easier and more efficient. It does not cheat, it optimizes.
The only reason I don’t want to draw in pencil for this project is to push myself to do something different. Otherwise, these are all great tools!
What do you think of using tools like rulers and erasers?
Day 6 – April 7, 2019: Doodle Faces
I plan to start a series of people scribbles and cover things like hairstyles, different expressions, maybe different poses. We’ll see.
I did not draw too many people in my work. And the 100-day project is all about trying and pushing the limits. Get ready to see more human drawings!
Do you like drawing doodle people? Are you struggling with this?
Day 7 – April 8, 2019: Hair Doodles
I continue with my theme of drawing doodle people, because this is not something I usually draw in my work.
I had so much fun with these today! Seriously, it was not difficult at all (surprisingly).
I think it’s part of drawing animals and imaginary creatures so far, because I have subconsciously seen people as a difficult subject… But this is very satisfying! And it is very related to our life.
Imagine the stories we can tell!
Day 8 – April 9, 2019: Doodle People Poses
I had a ceasefire today. I like to draw! I know it sounds pretty clear. But nowadays I spend a lot of energy on the “business” side of things like commissions, emails and comments. Drawing is not my main job (for now).
# 100100 I put most of my other responsibilities on hold to make projects. And it feels so good for DRAWING ONLY every day.
As if I’m giving myself some drawing breaks.
Day 9 – April 10, 2019: Doodle People and Professions
For today’s doodleers, I used very few sketches first (temporarily for other pages). I basically drew where the character would go on the page. Otherwise there might be a giant on the top and a little on the bottom. This would be a mess. ?
So I drew large ovals to indicate where the character would go. Then I drew the head and a large shape (usually trapezoid) for the body inside that oval. And in other parts I just winged. I did not sketch in all the details, sticking to the challenge to draw without sketching.
The funny thing is that although the characters and clothing seem complicated (hard to read: draw), they’re all actually very simple shapes. Like circles, arches and straight lines.
What’s your favourite?
Mine is an interesting artist dude, of course.
Day 10 – April 11, 2019: Doodle People in Action
I was absolutely impressed by drawing doodle people. It is as if a new world has been opened with difficulty to draw new (and disturbing!) Subjects.
I had no idea that drawing people could be this satisfying. The idea of drawing people gave me a general sense of anxiety … But this is my fifth day I draw doodle people and I think I started to “understand”.
I used the Japanese picture book as a reference for today’s drawings. BUT, I did not rigorously copy over the drawings. I just looked at a reference and put it on the page as I wanted and changed the colors and facial expressions along the way.
I want to draw more doodle people, but his ideas are starting to run out.
I wonder what else I can draw with doodle people. Stick figures? Faces and emotions? Laundry? Accessories?
Day 11 – April 12, 2019: Doodle Faces and Emotions
Today I decided to change my photo background from… to white. my real work surface.
I always thought I needed a “clean” background to show the picture. But yesterday I took a photo of my ongoing work to share with my husband. I really like the look of the wood.
What do you think, white or wood?
Day 12 – 13 April 2019: Doodle Clothes
I move from drawing people to drawing clothes and accessories. It’s still about drawing people – just a different angle.
I think there will be the next animals and more Nature doodles. ?
13 Days – 14 April 2019: Doodle Shoes and Accessories
I completed the human series with doodle accessories. I mostly made shoes and bags. But I added some extra items. Can you point them?
Now I draw many fascinating elements such as nature, tree, bird, mushroom.
14 Days – 15 April 2019: Doodle Trees
Today it was “better than perfect”. With all my other commitments, I didn’t sit down until 16:00 (and I take my kids at 5). So I had to do it quickly.
And you know what? There is something magical about it!
I think there is something special about hyper speed drawing. As if my hand is moving faster than my logical brain. I did not stop to analyze (no time!) And continued to scroll through the page.
I wouldn’t always do this. I think there is value in carefully prepared drawings. And any time you need to get the result you want.
But today it was not one of those days. And I learned something from this experience.
Would you like to plan your drawings in advance or go with a flow?
Day 15 – April 16, 2019: Doodle Dogs
I had more time to draw today (about 1 hour), so I decided to address a topic I wanted to do for a while. Doodle dogs. Different breeds and personalities in simple outline style. My goal was to capture the personality and general shape of each pup.
Today, my lesson is, “Simple is not easy!”
These drawings look very simple. But the boy had a hard time getting right!
I admire this style. And my goal is to draw those around me, like these dogs, simply and easily.
It’s like keeping a diary, but in the pictures.
You know how to sit down and start writing, “Dear Diary, I am today…”. So I want to sit down, open my sketchbook and start drawing “Dear Diary, today I…” and want to fill the page with the objects and experiences I have.
Now I will push myself to draw more scenes. And use these doodle drawings to tell stories.
16 Days – 17 April 2019: Doodle Animal Faces
This was a fun little exercise to draw different animal heads and give them facial expressions. There is no deep and meaningful understanding today. A little fun!
17 Days – 18 April 2019: Doodle Birds and Love Stories
I grew up in Moscow (Russia), there were many fun little sparrows here. He loved to watch them splashing in a powder bath. They are very carefree! Energy and life-loving cute round bodies. This page was inspired by the little brown sparrow (can you spot it?) And then it just filled itself from there.
I also want to draw more “scenes” in this doodle style. So I put a few scribbles to create small stories.
I think these little scenes will work great on greeting cards.
Another? Cloth bags, fabric designs, note cards?
Day 18-19 April 2019: Doodle Leaves
Here’s something… I live in Australia, where we are in the middle of a gorgeous Autumn foliage. And most of the people who will see this image are in the middle of a fresh Spring. We can’t do anything about it. While removing your T-shirts and flip-flops, I enjoy a glass of spicy cider and pumpkin pies. LOL
All is well. This drawing challenge is to explore and take advantage of personal life experiences. So I must stick to my world and draw what drives me.
Today I am carried by many shapes and colors of leaves. I didn’t do anything about a particular season. Only the leaves of various seasons. I finally added pink flowers to bring balance and softness to the composition.
I can do this for hours….
What is your favorite season?
Mine is spring !!
19 Days – 20 April 2019: Doodle Insects
I was in the garden this week (yippeee!) And I see a lot of colorful insects and creatures. I know, I know … the insect can be a little … unpleasant. But my kids don’t think so. So I wanted to make a page of easy and fun mistakes. It is really useful!
There is a saying, “The planet would be good if people disappeared from Earth. If the insects disappeared from Earth, we’re ruined. “
On a different topic, one thing I find useful for making these doodle pages is to have a small drawing element (like leaves or flowers) that I can add at the end to fill in empty spaces. For this page, I used the multicolored little bug. Can you point them?
Day 20 – 21 April 2019: Doodle Buildings, Houses and Urban Scenes
Wow, 20th day! This is a turning point.
Since I have drawn nature and people so far, I decided to draw buildings and urban scenes. I wanted to draw a charming street with its cozy houses and inviting cafes. It’s a street I want to stroll.
I like to travel. And I’ve never been lately, because we have two young children and a million big responsibilities. I will travel again one day. But for now I am traveling in my sketch book.
Day 21-22 April 2019: Doodle Cars
I drew a doodle city scene yesterday. Now I realized that I have to draw some doodle cars! Also, my 3-year-old son is enjoying such drawings. A big brown puddle (of course brown paint!) We play a drawing game and draw a car inside. It’s all fun.
Day 22-23 April 2019: Doodle Scenes
I am still focusing on my goal of being better at visual storytelling in my drawings and “saying a lot.”
23 Days – 24 April 2019: Doodle Borders
These empty frames are begging to be filled. Incredibly simple, but very effective.
My favorite is the purple one (bottom right). It can only be a simple boring speech bubble. But the little stars on the sides make it festive and very exciting. Clean little trick.
Day 24-25 April 2019: Fantasy Plants
I’m starting to take the ideas seriously, haha. So I am looking for inspiration beyond my books and my daily life. I looked at the work of APAK, an artist-couple living in Oregon today. I love his dreamy paintings so I adapted some of the elements they used in his paintings to this doodle page problem.
This was extremely satisfying. It opened up a new pool of ideas and new ways to learn and expand my “visual dictionary”.
Where can you get your drawing ideas?
25 Days – 26 April 2019: Fantasy Flora
I loved drawing fantasy grass yesterday, I decided to continue with them today.
I remember an old Soviet cartoon that I watched as a kid. Denar “The Mystery of the Third Planet” and apparently it became a science fiction classic in Russia.
Oh, I loved it !! That’s why I looked for a few scenes from this cartoon and used a few ideas from APAK’s artwork to inspire more fantasy flora.
Here is the result. Would you like to go for a walk in this forest?
Day 26 – April 27, 2019: Doodle Kitchenware
Sometimes the simplest and most beautiful things happen before us.
Today, I drew some of my favorite things like tea, kitchenware and of course strawberry jam (“bubble” children leave when they sleep … shh).
Which item do you use the most on this page?
27 Days – 28 April 2019: Castles in the Sky
Okay, this is not my typical doodle page. But today I felt a really strong urge to draw these castles!
The clouds in the sky are amazing today. So I took a few pictures and I want to draw these pictures and draw castles… it’s very dreamy. Probably the call of today’s drawing came from here.
Day 28-29 April 2019: Hedgehog Pattern
Honestly, I thought I would never escape drawing ideas for this challenge. So, come on – anything can happen! And yet, I have reviewed all the themes I want to address on Day 25, and now I have a huge gap in my mind.
When this happens, I start looking at my daily experiences for inspiration. I also imagine how I could “adapt” some of the unclear inspiration to create satisfying drawings.
Like this hedgehog pattern. I was inspired by a sweet kitchen towel I bought last week. I liked the little hedji in the print, so I turned them into a doodle page. It works for me!
Fabric patterns can be a wealth of good drawing ideas.
29 Days – 30 April 2019: Doodle Seashells
This is my favorite page. Together with an artist friend on the beach, Paulina Kazarinov, he was inspired by a beautiful weekend with lots of tea and meaningful conversations.
Do you know how you can feel exhausted after a vacation? This was just the opposite. I feel that I have left my problems in the sea waters and recharged myself with the energy of the ocean and my dear friendship.
I even added some bling to this photo – I feel so energetic, haha.
30 Days – May 1, 2019: Nodes and Textures
Doodle patterns don’t always have to be “things”, do they? They can be patterns, borders, dots or…. in this case, knots!
In 2012 my husband and I went to Mongolia. Its traditional decorations and patterns fascinated me. I have a soft spot for any folk art – its elegant simplicity and beauty are stunning!
Today I wanted to explore a small slice of this ancient art form.
What do you think about traditional designs and decorations?
31 Days – 2 May 2019: Doodle Sea Creatures
I am under the influence of my trip to the ocean recently. Every time I go, I feel “Wow, I can live here.” I don’t know if I really want to do it … I love the mountains, they feel comfortable to me. But the ocean feels very open and free… And beautiful.
I think the real gold is diverse. ANY good thing can be too tiring.
Which of you are ocean / mountains / flat plains?
32 Days – May 3, 2019: Doodle Succulents
These juicy fruits are from a drawing course I make (teach you how to design your own kawaii characters). So I didn’t need to find characters for this page, just draw them.
Check out the course at https://howtodrawkawaii.com
33 Days – May 4, 2019: Doodle Sweets After Mizutama
I love the work of Mizutama Hanco. I’m like the horrible Mizutama group watching her wherever she goes. In fact, not only on Instagram.
I absolutely love his happy and cute scribbles. Today, I discovered that instead of drawing, they are MORE fun to draw.
I will draw these doodles for the next few days.
Day 34 – May 5, 2019: Doodle Houses After Mizutama
I had many requests to draw houses again, and this is my favorite subject.
One day (hopefully soon!) We will build our family home (of course natural materials!). And (of course!) Next to it is a small art studio.
“Building a house requires hands, but only hearts can build a house.” -Unknown
How do you feel about your home?
35 Days – 6 May 2019: Dancing Like Nobody Is Watching
When we created, “I wonder what my audience will think?” It’s easy to fall into your mindset. Or just “Will they like it?”
Problems (and I’m struggling with that too), these thoughts take us out of the moment. They transform us from “creator” to “observer” and the creative flow stops.
This doodle just got into my head. I wouldn’t listen – it looked difficult! Negative thoughts emerged… “I don’t attract people”, “Writing is very difficult”… etc.
But hey, I’ve been spontaneously scribbling for 34 days. Do you have one more? What if he’s crippled? Can I live with this?
This drawing is the time to create the difficulty from the heart. To listen to my real “self”.
For this I decided to go.
The irony is that the message in the drawing is about the creator and this struggle of the observer.
So I decided, “I’ll draw it like nobody’s watching”
Day 36-7 May 2019: Adequate
“You were enough and always.”
This is an excerpt from my dear friend Cynthia Marinakos. Cynthia, you’re so right!
I learned this again over the weekend. Being the mother of two young children stretches you in 1000 directions at the same time. It is very easy to feel like you are not there enough… Actually, it was totally sufficient and always was. Perhaps the main problem is to take a lot of things and not let me drop a few balls on myself.
No problem, take a break. There is always time for tea!
How do you balance your creative time with family and other responsibilities?
Day 37-8 May 2019: Fluffy Clouds (and a Fortress)
I drew castles in the sky for Day 27, but I was not completely satisfied with the appearance of clouds.
But I like these. I found them in the most unexpected place. My shirt! I have worn it millions of times and never noticed them … until today.
So these are “Fluffy Clouds 2.0”
38 Days – 9 May 2019: Colorful Doodle Patterns
Today is one of the days of “restructuring” in which I could not find a complete work of art. Instead, I decided to play with some doodle textures that I could use in my drawings later (ie, practice!).
Don’t they itch to draw their hands? Which texture is the most irresistible?
Day 39 – May 10, 2019: Cute Doodle Buttons Pattern
I have a confession. There is a serious situation about making mistakes! Here we enter the winter in Australia. As soon as the cold weather started to blow, I got the urge to create and create this BIG hands.
Yes, I even went to a spinning shop and bought a luxury cotton + cashmere blend ball by Rowan. I don’t know if I will crochet any time soon, but going to a yarn store felt really good.
Day 40 – May 11 2019: Doodle Insects and Plants
All my childhood friends.
Day 41 – May 12, 2019: Doodle Flower Explosion
It looks like a sense of creative pressure, built within you and wanting to emerge with a burst of love and color.
Listen, you will be rewarded. Ignore and pay the price!
Day 42 – 13 May 2019: Doodle Craft Materials
I couldn’t help it. I continued and started a crocheted hood (for windy windy mornings in the mountains). And then I proceeded and drew a lot of craft materials because I love them so much.
Which of you, knit or crochet?
Day 43 – May 14, 2019: Kawaii Sweets
I have always wondered why kawaii desserts are such a popular drawing subject. Now I have the answer: because it is very enjoyable to draw.
I have observed myself in the last few days to find out what kind of drawing subjects I like. And you know what? I found kawaii sweets irresistible!
I feel very happy when I look at them. That’s why I wanted to share some of these desserts with you today.
Day 44 – May 15, 2019: Doodle Stationery
I looked around my desk for inspiration today (it’s getting harder to find new drawing ideas every day). So I drew those around me and then added a few stars for extra sparkle. ).
Which of these do you use most often?
45 Days – May 16, 2019: Doodle Succulents
On a quiet sunny Saturday in Mudgee, a quiet sunny town. Pazarlar devam ediyordu ve farklı tezgahlarda tembelce yürüyordum.
Aynı eski, aynı eski… zeytinyağı, peynir, sabun, örme ürünler… aniden çarpıcı bir dizi canlı succulents tarafından durduruldum.
Her biri kendi küçük tencerede oturan mükemmel sevimli.
Tamamen bunu görmeyi beklemiyordum. Her birinden bir tane almak istedim! (Yapamadığımız gibi olamazdı. Ama gerçekten istedim.)
Succulents arkasındaki adam da mükemmel hoş oldu.
Mick (Mick’in Succulents’tan (mickssucculents)) harika bir iş çıkarıyorsun. Mudgee’yi bir sonraki ziyaretimde 5 tane alacağım.
Yoksa çevrimiçi olurum. Avustralya’daysanız ve sevimli succulents arıyorsanız, onların web sitesine bakın. Avustralya’ya gönderiyorlar.
46.Gün – 17 Mayıs 2019: Marker Kalemli Basit Ağaçlar
Arkadaşım Orman Arkadaşlarımı çizmemi istedi. Ve düşündüm ki, “Neden olmasın? Bu güzel bir fikir!”
Bu istek için teşekkürler sevgili Rhiannon. Günümü aydınlattı.
47 Gün – 18 Mayıs 2019: Marker Kalemli Basit Ağaçlar
Bugün her zamanki kawaii karalamalarından daha gerçekçi bir şey çizmek gibi hissettim. I wondered… has “my style” changed after doing all these drawings with markers?
The answer is yes. I feel much more confident applying this simple coloured line to other drawings. Like these trees.
What do you think? Does this style work for more realistic trees?
Day 48 – May 19, 2019: Flower Frames and Hand Lettering
This artwork came to be by true magic. Here is what happened.
For “Day 2” of the 100 day project I drew some doodle flowers. Then Christine Ang (@minichristine001 on Instagram) turned them into flower frames and shared the post with me.
I liked those frames so much, that I did my own version and added some words. And this is the result.
This is co-creation at its best.
Social media comes with its own strengths and dangers… Best we can do is lean towards the light. Today I saw what that light can be and the possibilities it brings.
Let’s use these new tools and create together!
Day 49 – May 20, 2019: Fancy Flower Frame and Hand Lettering
Yesterday I did two simple flower frames, so today I wanted to try something a little more ambitious. I like how the flowers came out. I don’t like the lettering.
Everything takes practice. Now I know what I need to practice.
Day 50 – May 21, 2019: Kawaii Animal Faces
Wow, day 50! Half way through.
Sometimes it’s not the words that deliver the message, but the pauses between the words.
Same in this drawing. It’s the lines that are not there that make it interesting (at least, that’s the idea).
PS: in case you wonder what animal is that with spiky hair, it’s supposed to be a hedgehog. But came out more like a meerkat, haha.
Day 51 – May 22, 2019: More Doodle Borders
Why send a plain white envelope, when you can make it a festive statement? That’s my take on it. I love to add simple (and gorgeous!) decorative borders to blank envelopes, stationary and greeting cards.
Today I decided to practice a few more of these doodle treasures.
Which one is your favourite? (Mine is the one with little berries and flowers).
Day 52 – May 23, 2019: Fantasy Doodles Inspired by Animuba
I’ve loved the work of Animuba for years. When I was in art school, I thought, “When I grow up (as an artist), I want to paint just like them…”
Now, years later, I return to the dreamy worlds that inspired my art passion. So I dedicate today’s page to the magical work of Animuba Studio.
Day 53 – May 24, 2019: Kawaii Ice Creams
We were at the zoo over the weekend, and I saw kids having so much joy eating rainbow ice creams and sweets (never mind the fact that it probably has artificial colours).
So I wanted to draw more colourful sweets. They make me feel so happy!
Day 54 – May 25, 2019: Flower Doodles Inspired by Stephanie Corfee
These flower doodles are inspired by Stephanie Corfee and her book “Creative Doodling and Beyond”. This book took me through the hard months, when my mum was ill… It kept me going and kept me creating.
How could I do a doodle challenge without referring to this book? It’s an endless source of inspiration and creative prompts. Highly recommend!
Thank you Stephanie for sharing this with us.
Day 55 – May 26, 2019: Doodle Flowers and Magical Plants
More happy doodles with flowers and magical plants. For no particular reason. Just a reminder to be happy and savour every moment.
Day 56 – May 27, 2019: Kawaii Cupcakes
I am still on a quest for a perfect cupcake drawing. Which one do you think is the cutest?
I like the one on the top-right with colourful dot candy.
Day 57 – May 28, 2019: Cute Lettering
I haven’t done much hand lettering (until now), but this is something I have to improve on. So I wanted to practice some cute lettering styles.
These would look great on a greeting card or gift tag. I took the same phrase “Happy Birthday” and did it 4 different ways.
Which is your favourite?
Day 58 – May 29, 2019: Summer Doodles
I could say, “This post is to welcome summer”… but the truth is, I just needed and excuse to draw those cute chicks. And the bee.
Hope you have a wonderful day!
Day 59 – May 30, 2019: Camping Doodles
This is what camping is to me…
Campfires under the stars. Hot chocolate with marshmallows, melted on the heat of the fire. Songs with friends. Mosquitos. Plenty of mud. And a few unexpected visitors. ?
Day 60 – May 31, 2019: Doodle Food
I love food. Eat it, draw it, cook it, share it.
For this page I aimed for a blend of Japanese food (which I adore) and the more familiar foods, such as sandwiches and salads.
By the way, that breakfast plate…? NOT my idea of breakfast, as I like to have a smoothie or a warm bowl of porridge.
What is your favourite breakfast food?
Day 61 – June 1, 2019: Doodle Outfits
These look like dolls outfits, don’t they? It would be fun to make paper dolls like that. Or little message cards… hm.
Day 62 – June 2, 2019: Ladybugs and Butterflies
I wanted to experiment with different ways to draw the same subject. So I made different wings on the butterflies, and different dots on the ladybugs. Just something playful and fun.
Hope your weekend is great!
Day 63 – June 3, 2019: Space Doodles
My son (3 years old) is REALLY into rockets right now. He wanted me to “make a whole in the ceiling so his rocket can fly to space” (so cute).
We settled on the agreement that we’ll cut out some stars tomorrow and stick them onto the ceiling. So I better get my game up and practice drawing stars!
Do you find stars difficult to draw?
Day 64 – June 4, 2019: Drawings Using Only Triangles
Amazing how a slightly awkward shape like a triangle can be transformed into all kinds of things.
Which drawing is your favourite? Mine is the puppy dog!
If I was starting this challenge again, I would select a notebook with dots on it (like a bullet journal). The grid makes it infinitely easier to position drawings on the page.
But I think I have a solution! A tip from Maya (thank you!!) is to print a dotted grid and put it under the page. Moleskine pages are slightly see-through, so you can see the dots as you draw, but then have a nice clean page afterwards.
Cool tip, thank you.
Day 65 – June 5, 2019: Kawaii Animals
I love to draw with my kids, and they love to draw animals. So I have to love to draw animals. I do.
Also, I am experimenting with different ways to draw animal faces. I want them to look iconic, like a graphic. Super simplified.
Does it work?
Day 66 – June 6, 2019: Pusheen Kawaii Pattern
I picked up this cute little book of Pusheen comics at Kinokuniya over the weekend. It’s full of seductive drawing ideas. Here are a few.
On a different note, I was reflecting on this #the100dayproject journey today.
It’s Day 66 – we are almost 2/3 of the way through.
The interesting thing is, on Day 50 (half-way) I felt that we still have such a long way to go. But today on Day 66 (only 16 days after) I feel that we are over the hump – 2/3 of the project is done.
It’s like a mental trick. Something to remember for the future.
What are some of your ways to keep up motivation?
Day 67 – June 7, 2019: Cute Little Buddhas
That’s a strange subject, isn’t it?
It’s based on a true story.
When my son was 18 months old, my dear friend and artist Cecilia Mok gave us a little painting of a mother, father and baby sitting in a flower. It’s magical.
My son called it “buddhas in a bath”. Child’s imagination… it’s the most endearing thing!
To honour this experience, I drew a happy family of three cute buddha-like figures.
And a fourth one, cause I needed to fill the page, haha.
Have a great weekend!
Day 68 – June 8, 2019: Zebra Plant and Furniture Doodles
Stephanie Koning (@koningmeteenkroontje) has inspired me to draw a Zebra plant. And then I needed some furniture to put it on. :S
Day 69 – June 9, 2019: Kawaii Animals Based on Egg Shapes
I am fascinated with drawing animals based on geometric shapes. So cute! For example, you can turn a cube into a bunny by simply adding ears and little arms. It’s adorable.
These animals are based on egg shapes. I found references on Pinterest (not my own designs). I can’t read the name of the creator, cause it’s all in Japanese. But I do value the learning by copying these characters.
With a little more practice I can create my own designs for sure.
Day 70 – June 10, 2019: Cute Doughnuts
Yesterday’s puffy animals turned into sweet doughnuts. If I saw these at a real shop, I would not be able to resist, haha.
Which one is your favourite?
Day 71 – June 11, 2019: Flower Doodles Inspired by Sara Zorel
My husband came home one day and said, “I have a present for you”. He handed me a small Kinokuniya bag, and my heart tingled with anticipation.
What I found inside was precious. A drawing book of kawaii doodles by Sara Zorel (@sarazorel).
This was meaningful on so many levels.
Not only I had a new book of drawing ideas, but it was his way of saying, “I support you. I believe in you.”
Thank you Sara for making this book, and my dear partner for bringing it to me.
Sara’s book has 100 doodle tutorials for anything you can imagine. From food, to animals, to holiday decorations. Check it out, you will love it!
Day 72 – June 12, 2019: Kawaii Ice Creams Inspired by KiraKiraDoodles
I found that the best way to learn to draw is to pick up a few tricks from the artists you love. That’s my plan.
As I was drawing this page, I learned that kawaii faces can be super simple in a drawing, but still work to express the cuteness. I usually go for “no two faces the same” strategy… but perhaps “different” is not necessarily “better” in this case.
These ice creams are relatively easy to draw, but so much fun!
Thank you KiraKira for your kawaii love, and for sharing it with us.
Day 73 – June 13, 2019: Sumikko Gurashi Fan Art
If you ever need ideas for your drawings, check out Sumikko Gurashi (just search on Pinterest or the web). You will get LOADS of cute ideas, and a powerful shot of inspiration and entertainment.
I love them.
I just got their colouring book, so decided to draw a few characters for today’s page.
Day 74 – June 14, 2019: Secret Worlds Below Ground
Flowers are lovely. But the ground they grow on is equally lovely.
Did you know – there are 100,000 of fungi and 20 million bacteria per 1 gram of soil?!!
I studied biodynamic agriculture, and it’s absolutely fascinating. One day I will apply this knowledge of soil biology and Permaculture to create an abundant homestead for myself and my family.
One thing I would like to do more of right now is compost my kitchen scraps. And use the compost in the garden.
Do you compost?
Day 75 – June 15, 2019: People, Faces and Expressions
Faces and expressions are the most requested subject for tutorials!
We all have a story to tell. Art gives us the tools to tell our stories in a direct way.
I wanted to draw some facial expressions to expand my “visual library” and to share them with you.
What other expressions would you like to see?
Day 76 – June 16, 2019: Musical Instruments
Can you hear the music?
Day 77 – June 17, 2019: Plants and Succulents Inspired by Piccandle
No kawaii challenge is complete without a page dedicated to Zainab Khan.
I would have done this page earlier, but my friend borrowed her book. Now it’s back on my shelf, so here is my rendition of her sweet doodles.
If you don’t already have her book (you probably do), what are you waiting for?!
Day 78 – June 18, 2019: Summer Doodles
Oh, I miss summer so much!
In Australia we are days away from the Winter Solstice (so strange, isn’t it!).
I know winter is supposed to be a quiet time of rest and inward reflection… I guess I am just not a very ‘inward” person, haha.
I love the sun, and green grass, and the outdoors. And I LOVE not having to dress my kids in layers of clothes, because they fight me on EVERY layer. If you have kids, you know exactly what I mean.
So for now I draw summer doodles. They make me feel like I’ve just had a vacation by the pool, with a fresh slice of cold crisp watermelon. Yum!
What is your favourite season?
Day 79 – June 19, 2019: Folk Art Inspired
I was born in Russia. When I was a kid, we had lots of everyday objects decorated with gorgeous folk-style patterns (swipe to see what I mean). I loved to stare at them for hours… (touching was NOT allowed).
Two leading folk art styles in Russia are “Khokhloma” (Хохлома) and Gzhel (Гжель). If you search the web or Pinterest with these names, you will be lavishly rewarded with a visual feast.
I still love this style – I just forget about it sometimes. So today I drew a page of doodle flowers, loosely adapted from a Khokhloma pattern.
Do you think everyday objects should be “functional first” or “beautiful first”?
Day 80 – June 20, 2019: Kawaii Animals Based on Hello Kitty
I didn’t grow up with Hello Kitty. I came to appreciate the exquisite design qualities of this Sanrio character, when I started to seriously draw in the kawaii style.
But the design doesn’t always have to be a “cat”. Today’s page is for kawaii animals that look like Hello Kitty body and style, but are other kinds of animals.
So simple, yet so cool!
Which one is your favourite?
Mine is the pair of monkeys – they remind me of my two dear munchkins (although today was a CRAZY day, and I feel I need a glass of wine ASAP… or five ;)).
Day 81 – June 21, 2019: Doodles Based on Square Shapes
I did “doodles using only triangles” for Day 64. So today it’s “doodles using squares (and rectangles)”.
Day 82 – June 22, 2019: Hanging Out
You know, we mums do endless loads of laundry. I literally do a load at least once a day.
But you know what? Every time I press that “Start” button, I remember how my grandmother used to wash our things by hand. BY HAND! It would take her the entire day.
So I feel ridiculously grateful that I live in a world, where I can just press a button and start the washing. A world, where I can have time for things other than just cooking and cleaning. Drawing, for example.
What do you feel grateful for in your life?
Day 83 – June 23, 2019: Adventure Awaits
I feel that I really need to go on a trip “far far away”. Away from the housework and endless laundry. This longing for adventure is starting to seep into my work.
Anyone else feel this way?
Maybe it’s the intensity of this #the100dayproject on top of my usual responsibilities. Or the cold rainy weather outside… I don’t know. I just really feel like going on a fun adventure.
Day 84 – June 24, 2019: Love Note Frames
These cute little frames are just begging for a love note to be placed inside.
I like the combination of green + red (like summer strawberry) and purple + pink (like a Fuchsia flower , they grow outside my studio window).
If you want to have a blast of fun, take a little paper and doodle a border like this around the edge. It’s so satisfying, and it looks incredibly effective.
What is your favourite colour combination?
Day 85 – June 25, 2019: Sugarhai
Whenever I search Pinterest for a cute cupcake, I get these painfully cute images that represent my idea of a “perfect kawaii cupcake”. Invariably, these images are signed “sugarhai”.
Today I decided to look up this brilliant artist who’s been by invisible mentor all these years. Liza Phoenix of Seattle Washington. It’s great to meet you!
Today’s page is about you.
Thank you for making the world a cuter place.
Day 86 – June 26, 2019: Even More Doodle Flowers
I love them so much, that I keep drawing them over and over. I think this is the third page of doodle flowers in this challenge.
Don’t these sunflowers radiate energy and sunshine?
Day 87 – June 27, 2019: Trees and Vines
I picked up an illustration book years ago. I flipped through it randomly, and one drawing caught my eye for a long time.
It was a drawing of a few trees with distant forest in the backdrop.
It was shockingly simple!
I loved it.
Here is that drawing (bottom of the page).
Of course, I bought the book. It was one of my first “doodle” books, and it set the tone for my work for years to come.
But I didn’t know it yet.
Day 88 – June 28, 2019: Fresh Bread
When I was a child, I had a theory that bread tastes better “with air”. Whenever we went to the bakery, I would insist that my mum breaks off a piece for me, while we walk back.
“I’ll give you some when we get home”, my mum would say.
“No! It tastes better with air,” I insisted.
I still remember the taste of a white baguette with firm crust on a crisp winter morning.
And I still believe it tastes better with air.
Day 89 – June 29, 2019: Kawaii Numbers, Part 1
My friend is a teacher who loves her students to the moon and back. They often do craft projects together (including some of my tutorials, yay).
So she asked if I could do a cute number set. Great idea! Here you go, Inna
I did numbers 1 through 5 today. And I will complete the set tomorrow with numbers 6 through 9 (plus a 0).
How would you use these numbers? I am thinking handmade Birthday cards.
Day 90 – June 30, 2019: Kawaii Numbers, Part 2
Yay, now I have a full set of kawaii numbers! Craft project, anyone?
Day 91 – July 1, 2019: Doodle Words
These are inspired by Sarah Alberto’s new book “The Art of Doodle Words”. They were surprisingly easy to draw!
Lettering still scares me. I went into this drawing thinking it will take me ages… But the drawings “just came out” – guided by the steady hand of Sara Alberby (@sarazorel).
If you haven’t played with doodle words yet, you are in for a treat. It one of the most satisfying drawings I’ve done in this challenge.
Day 92 – July 2, 2019: Halo-halo Dessert from the Philippines
My decision-making muscles are getting tired…
So what do I do when I can’t decide what to draw? I go shopping, of course!
This week the postman lovingly delivered two new books for my collection. The first one I posted yesterday (“The Art of Doodle Words” by Sarah Alberto). And the second is “Kawaii Doodle Cuties” by Zainab Khan (@piccandle).
The drawings in her second book are a lot more complex than in the first. Lots and lots of ideas for more experienced drawers.
So I took just one of her drawings today (Halo-halo dessert from the Philippines), and used it as inspiration.
I hope you can taste the sweetness.
Day 93 – July 3, 2019: More Doodle Words!
More doodle words inspired by Sarah Alberto. I love art that says something. Using doodles to create words is literally saying something.
Thanks for these ideas Sarah, and for showing us what’s possible.
Day 94 – July 4, 2019: Quick Doodle Trees
These are like a shorthand for sketching outside. Simple ways to capture different tree shapes, foliage and arrangement.
We don’t have too many palms where I live… But we do have lots of pines and oaks.
What’s a common tree, where you live?
Day 95 – July 5, 2019: Kawaii Doodle Borders
Can you imagine these on a card or a gift tag? That would be so fun. And a personal touch.
Whenever I sign a card, I always feel I need to add a “personal touch” with a little drawing (c’mon, I teach people how to draw after all, haha. It’s almost expected :D).
But often it’s hard to come up with the right drawing on the spot.
So today I sketched a few ideas for future cards. Hope you can use them in your gift-giving too.
Day 96 – July 6, 2019: Birthday Card for 4 Year Old
My son turns 4 next week. This drawing is his birthday cake, surrounded by all the things he likes.
Day 97 – July 7, 2019: Extreme Kawaii Sweets
OMG, look at those proportions! The cupcake tops and ice creams are HUGE compared to their “bodies”. Love them so much!! I saw them on Pinterest, and adapted them for today’s drawing.
Day 98 – July 8, 2019: Kawaii Peg Dolls
I love how easy it is to draw these dolls. Their heads and bodies are just a circle and a trapezoid of the same height. With easy drawings like these, I can have fun adding different hair and faces and outfits. Super fast and super fun.
This is the first time I’ve added noses too. Just simple triangles, but pretty cute.
Which hair style is your favourite? Mine is the bun!
Day 99 – July 9, 2019: Doodle Banners
I can’t believe I went through this whole doodle challenge without a single page on banners! So here it is.
Plus, I need to practice some banners for the celebratory “Day 100” banner tomorrow.
Wow, getting emotional now… it’s been a long journey.
Day 100 – July 10, 2019: WOW, Jumping for Joy!
Pull out the bubbly and let’s celebrate! Wow, it really happened.
I thought I would be relieved and excited to reach this point, but I actually feel a little empty inside. For the past 100 days I had a clear goal. And now I will need to begin a new “season” of my creative life. This uncertainty is terrifying.
I feel I have grown tremendously as an artist through doing this challenge. The most rewarding part? I can sit down and “just draw” now. Draw something cool, something I am happy with. After all, I did it a hundred times!
Well, I had about 5 layers of sticky notes on my desk with all the things I want to do AFTER the project. After an hour sorting through it all, I decided to focus on my teaching work. I will make more courses, more videos, more books.
Thank you so much for following along!
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