Saturday, September 23, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 100 | The Finish Line.. Wohoo!

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." ~ Winston Churchill

Art wise, though there is so much more to learn and try, for now I am just jumping with joy that I successfully finished my 100 Days of Doodles Challenge. I am sure this feeling of accomplishment will be remembered and cherished for a long time to come. THE BEST birthday gift I could give to myself.

Friday, September 22, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 99 | If Friends were Flowers...

 If Friends were Flowers Florabunda Style Doodle

I mean it when I say - if it were not for the accountability from you amazing people of Instagram community, I would have never completed this 100 day doodle challenge, ever! There were times when it felt daunting, exhausting, impossible, too long, too scary and too hard. 😦 But, your likes and encouraging comments made it all worth it. So, thank you for the unwavering love and support. You guys make me a happier and a better person. Your posts on my IG feed cheer me up on the most mundane days and give mojo when I need it the most. And yes, if you were flowers, I would pick you ALL.  #communitymatters

Doodle Inspiration: @suzannebmcneill's Florabunda Style doodle book.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 98 | Backyard Scenes

Backyard Scenes doodle

Woke up super early today morning and didn't know what to do with that extra bit of time. So, started sketching our backyard scene in the dim bedroom light.


#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 97 | Yellow Tree with a Red Chair

Couple of nights ago, I dreamt about a big tree which had yellow leaves, orange colored fruit and a red chair underneath.. and here it is, making the dream a reality. 


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 96 | Flower Girl 3

I think I have a thing for drawing Girls With Flowers. This upgraded version is from @suzannebmcneill's "Florabunda Style: Super Simple Line Art to Color, Craft & Draw". Click here to view flower girl 1 and flower girl 2. Thank you Suzanne for creating such a beautiful book. My love for floral doodles has amplified a hundred times now!.

It took me about 3 days (15 minutes each) to finish this version of flower girl, with an oh-so-satisfying feeling by the end. For the background, I used the same storage bag rub with Tombow technique I explained few posts ago. This time I made use of more than one color.


#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 94 | Pizza Happiness

800 Degrees Pizza Quote

I saw this cheeky quote in 800 Degrees Pizza when we went to Las Vegas last year. All pizza lovers (like me) can totally relate to this. Isn't it?  :-)


Monday, September 18, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 93 | A Bug's Life

A Bug's Life

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 92 | F**K Being Perfect

Fuck Being Perfect

"What happens when you get so fixated on perfection that you never begin? Never begin drawing. Never begin making stuff. Never begin pursuing any sort of passion for fear of not being able to do it incredibly well. Nothing you do will be good enough even for you. Why bother if you can't be great? ..... One of the problems with perfectionism is that you think you can conceive the destination before you embark on the journey, that you can plan it all out in advance, and that nothing else can intrude and change the outcome you have conceived. But, first of all, the world doesn't work that way. Unless you are doing something extremely simple and banal, something you can actually hold in your brain all at once, it will invariably intrude and change your well-laid plans. And, second you should welcome that intrusion. The accidents, mistakes, serendipities, and ink splatters that the universe throws in your path make your work and your life more interesting. Perfection isn't organic. It's constipated, lifeless, and dull."  ~ Danny Gregory (Art Before Breakfast)

Oh Danny, you stole my heart with those beautiful, insightful words.

Leanne, ( you are one of my favorite illustrators here on IG and thank you for this doodle inspiration. Also, apologies as yours was as innocent as waiting for crisp, fall weather and I, on the other hand took it to a whole new level.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 91 | Hand Lettering

How rare and beautiful it is to even exist

Do you see the blue background in the pic? I don't remember but I think I read about this trick on Boho Berry blog.

So here is what you do - Take a plastic storage bag, make a few brush marks on it using Tombow dual brush pens. Then, sprinkle few drops of water, turn the opposite way and gently rub the bag onto the paper. Remove the plastic and ta-da! the watercolor wash is ready. Let it dry before you start drawing/hand lettering using a black pen. I used two shades of blue for mine but you can easily mix and match other colors for a fun background to work on. 


Thursday, September 14, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 87 | Do All Things With Joy!

Good morning everybody! Happy Thursday (my favorite day of the week for many reasons). Here is a quick doodle I managed to draw on my way to work.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 86 | Waiting for pumpkin spice weather.

Enough of hot, humid weather already! Who is patiently waiting for the fall (pumpkin spice) weather to hit? Illustration inspired from @ana__albero's IG post back in May.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 85 | Find Joy In The Simple Things..

It doesn't matter that we are all in different paths of life but it is far more important that we seek to only those places where we can find our happy selves. Life is too short to not make the most of it right now.


Monday, September 11, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 84 | Go Where You Fee The Most Alive

"Live while you are alive. 
Learn the ways of silence and wisdom 
Learn to act, learn a new speech 
Learn to be what you are in the seed of your spirit 
Learn to free yourself from all things that have mounded you 
And which limit your secret and undiscovered road." 

- Ben Okri (Nigerian poet and novelist)
To an English Friend in Africa (An African Elegy, 1992)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 83 | Hello September

"Ah, September! 
You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul.
but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October." 
~ Peggy Toney Horton


Saturday, September 9, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 82 | Wohoo! I Can Sketch!

After a quick call with my bestie Chef In You, I learnt something new about myself yesterday:
☀️  1. I can sketch.
☀️  2. I can finish a sketch from start to finish in a moving train. 🚂

These two revelations open up so many possibilities considering I have a long train commute every day.


Friday, September 8, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 81 | Home Sweet Home.

When I saw this quote the first time on Pinterest, it sure gave me a chuckle and next thought was - Yes! how true is it! 😆 #thingswetakeforgranted .


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 78 | Doodles inspired by Monterey Bay Aquarium

I can't believe it has already been a little over 2 weeks since our visit to the MontereyBay Aquarium to watch all the big and small fishies. 🐬 Today's doodle is dedicated to our awesome time spent over there. @montereybayaquarium, you are doing a fabulous job sharing, exploring and most importantly preserving the wonders of under water.


Monday, September 4, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 77 | Owl Doodles

Looks like I couldn't get enough bird doodles yesterday, so I doodled as many cute owls as I could fit onto one page. The trick here is to draw random shapes with a color brush (I used grey Tombow dual brush pen [N75]), let it dry and then doodle over those with a black pen.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 75 | Stop saying you don't have time... You Do!

Way back in May I saw a similar doodle on @sarazorel's IG feed and finally I got to draw a slightly different version today in my Bullet Journal. These are the perfect words of comfort I needed to hear right now, at this moment. 👊🏼  C'mon Siri, don't loose hope. You can do it. May the force be with you.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 74 | Only Your Best | August Mantra..

When Life gives you lemons, one can make a nice, chilled lemonade. 🍹 But what if Life gives you bricks & brats and as an added bonus punches you in the gut? Well, there are two ways to deal with it. 1. Feel bad for my luck/life and get bogged down 2. Get up and give it right back by taking up a bigger challenge to fill up the motivation bucket again. I decided to do the latter. Only give your best, every single day of August is my mantra and if I fare well in my challenge, I will let you all know about it by end of the month. Doodle inspired by @spotgirldesign 👏🏽


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 73 | Hand Lettering On Cannery Row..

Something Amazing Is going to happen today

I couldn't have asked for a better place to doodle - plopped at the window in our hotel room, hand lettering while the legendary Cannery Row street comes to life below.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 72 | An Extra Shot Please!

Damn, is it just 2:30 pm? 4 more hours to go until I reach home. To soothe my aching head, I am so tempted to grab an extra shot of my favorite latte now.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 70 | Next Up, 30 Days Of Hand Lettering

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 70 | Next Up, 30 Days Of Hand Lettering | The 100 Day Project

It was a pretty boring Sunday afternoon back in April 2017, when I read Tiantian Xu's "100 Days of Doodle - 3 things I learned from the 100 day project" post on Medium. She talks about her experience with the project and how it changed her for the better.

Today's doodle which is a blatant rip off from her article as it affected (inspired) me the most. You see, I wanted to be that happy little girl who simply shows up and doodles every day. It was a glorious feeling imagining it then and I can't believe I actually doodled for 70 days up until now. Life threw so many googlies at me in the past few months and this project gave me an unintentional respite in the most tumultuous times. Also, thank you for all your like and comment love on my doodle posts which kept me going.

Now that I have a decent idea on some doodling techniques, it is time to switch gears and try some Hand Lettering instead. Next 30 days, here I come.


Friday, July 21, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 69 | Dream Catcher

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 69 | Dream Catcher | The 100 Day Project

A colorful dream catcher doodle to make all our unfulfilled wishes come true. #dreamcatching #neverloosehope Hope you all have a great weekend ahead.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 68 | I Like You All

I don't need to reach a milestone to say - I Like You All.Thank you for your immense love and constant encouragement on my Instagram doodle posts. You guys bring out the best in me and inspire me with your posts that pop up on my timeline every single day  :-)

Doodle Inspiration: Ann of @spotgirldesign

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 67 | Flower Girl

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 67 | Flower Girl | The 100 Day Project

Doodle Inspiration from @cassieloizeaux pin on her Pinterest board .

Saturday, July 15, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 64 | Doodle Meditation

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 64 | Doodle Meditation | The 100 Day Project

Question: How to tame a mind filled with racing thoughts that start with 'What-If?'

Answer: Doodle Meditation. Choose a single motif and slowly draw a page full of them. Later, add some color to make it social-media-worthy. ;-)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 53 | Hello July

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 52 | Hello July | The 100 Day Project 2017

After many days of packing/unpacking, we are slowly crawling back to a normal routine. I finally found my full set of micron and tombow pens. Phew! Also, timing couldn't be perfect to start doodling again and re-connect with my beloved bullet journal. Hope you are all having a fun long weekend.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 51 | Owl Art

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 51 | Owl Art | The 100 Day Project 2017

​Slowly but steadily things are being unpacked and life is getting back to normalcy at the new house. A busy Saturday but managed to carve out some time to do owl art.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 50 | Halfway There.

#100DaysOfDoodles | Day 50 | Halfway There. | The 100 Day Project

50 DAYS! That is a long time people. When it comes to pursuing interests/hobbies, consistency and persistence are not something people talk about in Siriland. But, what started as a way to get a quick 15-minute break from a mundane day, now 50 days later, the day feels empty without it. TH still finds it amusing that I start to doodle even if I have just 5 mins to leave the house, to catch the train for work. Because doodling is how I learnt to shut down the constant chitter-chatter of my hyper-active brain, to relax and let my imagination fly. I have so much to learn and I am sure will do in due course of time, one stroke at a time.