Daily Doodle for 7/14/20

Original (really old) copy

I have always wanted a dragon tattoo. Maybe for my midlife crisis someday I will finally get it. I found an image that I wanted to be my tattoo somewhere back in the early 2000s, printed a copy of it, and have kept that piece of paper for years. For today’s doodle I have turned that decades old (very crappy) copy into a digital vector image. I do not know who the original artist is – again I found it back in the early ’00s and did not have the foresight to write down such things. So this is not my design, but a digital copy made with both Photoshop and Illustrator. I did enjoy using the new enhanced object selection tool in Photoshop to isolate the tattoo from the background. That is a GREAT addition to the program.

Daily Doodle 7/8/20

Today’s doodle was inspired by today’s NY Times The Daily podcast. Host Michael Barbaro talked briefly to Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley and Chris Cassidy, NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station. He asked them about what it feels like to look upon the Earth from space, especially at a tumultuous time like this one. I really appreciated the question and their response which was (paraphrased) that the perspective of the Earth floating in space is a life changing one. It makes one realize how we only have this one planet. We are one world, and we must do what we can do take care of it.

This doodle was also very fun because I used a totally new program to me – Adobe Fresco. It’s essentially a digital canvas, a little more simplified, but maybe more focused on creating art than Photoshop. It was really fun to explore. The brush/pencil/pen settings and types are pretty wide spread, and it’s very easy to figure out. I made use of the water color as well as the oil brushes, and even some vector shapes. I look forward to creating more doodles with it!

Daily Doodle 7/7/2020

I decided to do another #fanart creation, this time for my favorite Marvel TV show: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. I am watching the final season now. I’m sad it’s ending, but I am so glad I stuck with it despite my lukewarm feelings towards the first season. Seasons 3, 4 and 5 were AMAZING! Season 7 so far is great, and I appreciate that they have brought along for the journey a character from Agent Carter – another Marvel TV show that I really enjoyed, and which was cancelled too soon.

I’m a huge Marvel nerd and love almost everything that Marvel Studios produces. I would love to create more fan art for my favorite franchise, so today’s doodle I had a T-Shirt design in mind. Fans of the show will understand the meaning. I created this purely in Illustrator.

Daily Doodle 7/2/20

Here is the final evolution of my Lady In A Mask! I’ve made various versions in different colors in Illustrator, and turned those various files into a GIF! I created the GIF in Photoshop. I think it’s fun to see so many colors at once.

This has been a fun project to evolve and share. Thanks for joining me on the journey!

Daily Doodle for 7/1/20

Here is the next evolution of my Lady in a Mask sketch – Color! It took me a little time to generate the layers of shapes that were to be my sections of color, but it was good exercise to do it. Now I can change them to all kinds of colors super easily.

I did all of this in Adobe Illustrator, and had a lot of fun with gradients and colors. I think tomorrow I will make a gif – there are just too many awesome colors to choose from I want to share all of them. But I liked this version a lot.

Daily Doodle 6/30/20

So yesterday’s Daily Doodle actually became a two day Daily Doodle. I should have broken the steps down into two, which I have done now. And here is the next step.

So I took my Daily Doodle from the day before, 6/29/20, the sketch of the lady in a mask, and made it a digital vector image. I brought the scan of the sketch into Photoshop to clean up and darken the lines. Then I brought the image into Illustrator to do an image trace. And here is the result!

Daily Doodle 6/29/20

I’ve been wanting to sketch a face lately. It’s been a long time! I love sketching faces – especially eyes! A masked face is what has been in my mind lately for obvious 2020 Coronavirus reasons….

This was done with pencil and a sketch pad with textured paper.

Daily Doodle 6/26/20

Today’s doodle I call “Backyard Dreaming”. I’ve been working on redesigning my backyard. Well it’s really a back patio. It’s only 14 feet in depth, which really doesn’t give anyone much room to do anything on the grass that really is just weeds. Also there is a slope, so even standing out there you feel lopsided. Once I realized I could make it into a magical patio, rather than a small patch of grass, the world opened up to me.

I want to level the ground out and put in pavers for the ground. Along the edge of the fence I want to build a retaining wall for dirt and plants, and maybe another sitting surface. I want to put in an arch trellis on the other side of the fence and grow some amazing flower vine on it. Plus I want to bring in a couple planters and grow another flowering vine along some trellises on the back of the house. And of course STRING LIGHTS! Amazingly I already have the string lights up. And they are amazing.

This doodle is primarily for a design use. Obviously I would have some chairs, maybe a hammock and a fire pit out there. And once people can gather again, I would have all my friends and family out there! Thankfully I have the whole quarantine summer to work on it.

This sketch was purely done with good old paper and pencil. Some of my perspective is a little wonky, but I am actually very pleased with it. I feel like I really created the vision that is in my head.

Daily Doodle 6/24/20

Here is today’s doodle! It was a concept I thought of a while ago, and sketched by hand in pencil, so it was really fun to bring it to digital life! I’m a huge Disney fan, so contributing to the Disney fan art out there is exciting. I have a few more ideas in store for Disney themed creations.

I realize I need to create a signature or watermark for my pieces. Task for tomorrow’s doodle!

I only used Illustrator this time. I definitely learned a new way to use the grid tool and pathfinder to create and individually edit the squares.

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