A year ago I participated on a super-fun-month-long project on Creative Live called #28ToMake. If you didn’t participate, or you want to do it again, the videos are still there – go ahead and do it!  It consists of 28 quick and easy creative exercises to jump start creativity, collaboration and thinking outside the box.  It wasn’t repeated this year (nudge, nudge, please do it next year!) but why should I let that stop me? I challenged myself to do a series of five minute doodles using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Five Minute Doodles

It gives me an “excuse” to play with color, speed up my processes, and learn a trick or two. I may horrify some at some point! The only rule is it has to be quick! The only caveat is I can sketch by hand first and/or read up on a new-to-me technique. My goal is to do this daily, but I’m not going to be super strict about it.  Stuff happens, and I want this to be fun, not work.

There will be patterns, doodles and all sorts of random things in between. Next month I’m starting a class on lettering, so that’ll likely work it’s way in.

Do you have a similar project? I’d love to see it – send me a link in a comment or here if you’d rather not post it publicly.

Enjoy!

Bee Busy and Stay On Target

Bee Busy I adore bees. Not only do they pollinate many of the plants and veggies in my garden, but they are just plain cute.  And focused! They calmly go from blossom to blossom gathering up their goodies. Nothing phases them. They may be deterred here and there when...

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Mr Easter Bunny is prepping for his big day

Happy Easter Bunny Season! I've been a bit busy or away from the computer the last week, and on top of that, I wrenched my back. But it's on the mend and I carved out a few minutes to draw a fuzzy bunny. Today's doodle is brought to you by the watercolor brush. I...

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Love is All You Need

"Love Love Love. Love is all you need" I heard this song on the radio the other day and have not been able to get it out of my head. Which is OK, I love the Beatles. Therefore it screamed out to be doodled. This one is pure doodling, with hearts layered on top of each...

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Crazy Spring Fever -MOAR Sun!

This is exactly how I feel right now.  All of them. It's so nice and warm - in the mid 80sF/mid 20sC. The sun is out. Clouds are all gone. Birds are chirping like mad, and there's just enough of a breeze to keep it from being too hot, and also to wake up my wind...

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Archie the Cat -Five Minute Doodle

Meet Archie the Cat. He really doesn't look like this... but well I was doodling.. then hit "3D Extrude" just to see what would happen.  Hours and hours.. breaking Illustrator a time or two,  and waiting overnight later this appeared. I did only doodle for 5 minutes....

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Twilight

See all Doodles! Twilight is one of my favorite times of the day. Dawn is my second favorite, it's only drawback is the need to get up early. Both are a magical inbetween time where light and darkness meet. With summer coming it turns even more special, the air will...

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Cosmic Confetti

Word of warning. I LOVE dots. Big Dots. Little Dots. One Color. Multi-colored. All kinds of dots.  I'm pretty sure Cosmic Confetti will not be the only time dots will make an appearance in this series. Dots are joy, and the world needs more of that! I didn't realize...

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Spring Leaf Pattern

See all Doodles! NUMBER 1!  This quick leaf pattern was inspired by the massive amounts of fresh green surrounding me. I've had a very very wet winter preceded by years of very dry winters. The green surrounding me is nearly overwhelming after so much tan. But I love...

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