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A doodle a day – Day Twelve

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Day Twelve Sabre Tooth Type Logo Design Today I found a little more time to create something slightly different. I sketched out a brief line drawing which I then took a photo of (my scanner is still not working) and transferred it to a layer in Illustrator. I then traced over the  line sketch using the pen tool on another layer and created the main outline of the lion/sabre tooth's (I'll refer to him as Gooba from now on) features. On a separate layer underneath the outline...

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A doodle a day – Day Eleven

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Day Eleven An Ordinary Cardboard Box Ok so, today I was looking for something and rummaging through some old cardboard boxes I had laying around which might have held some hidden gems but unfortunately in this case I didn't manage to find what I was looking for (and no goodies either). But the searching wasn't in vain. I came up with the idea for today's doodle... a cardboard box. Exciting stuff hey? The idea started off as just a straight edged cube from which I wanted to  then...

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How I increased my productivity through exercise

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Recently I have been trying to exercise more than I usually do in order to try and get in shape and feel a little healthier. As a freelancer I usually tend to work from home and have the benefit of being able to manage my exercise routine around my work easier than if I was in an office or working to someone else's schedule. So I have no excuse to get off my butt and get to it. This gives me benefits straight away: I can...

Exercise Equals Increased Productivity

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A doodle a day – Day Ten

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Day Ten Silhouette Buildings Scene Today I wanted to try out something a little different from my characters. So I came across a very simple way of creating a building scene with little detail, in a silhouette form. I started out with a couple of rough sketches trying to get a basic building outline, something with a little bit of detail but a definite variance to the buildings rather than just all sky scrapers. When I was happy with my sketch I started to transfer it into...

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A doodle a day – Day Nine

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Day Nine Two Point Perspective Sketch Today I wanted to do something a little different from my usual free hand doodles that you might have seen over the last eight days. So I got out my pencil and ruler (well I actually don't think I own a ruler so used a piece of perspex I had laying around, anything with a straight edge will do) and started drawing. To be honest I had no clue what I was going to draw today but I did know the...

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A doodle a day – Day Eight

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Day Eight Hector You can probably tell where the inspiration for Hector came from. His name is a combination of Hannibal and Lector from the classic thriller 'Silence of the Lambs', so I decided to take the classic mask and straight jacket and apply it to a character, in this case the least scariest of creatures... a rabbit. If you look closely you can see his teeth through the mask and a couple of small tufts of hair to show fur. His arms are tied up with...

A doodle a day – Day Eight – Sneak Peek

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A doodle a day – Day Seven

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Day Seven Weird Creatures Today's doodles I wanted to explore some strange, weird and mythical creatures. So without any real thoughts, I started doodling. The Dodo bird-like creature came easily and after a quick review I saw that it seemed like a strange hybrid between lizard and bird. So before I knew it, I separated the two components in the the drawing in order to see what textures would work in a purely reptilian or avian doodle. So in came the dragon and bird, which just goes...

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A doodle a day – Day Six

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Day Six Tattoo Inspired Design This started by looking at some commonly found skull based tattoos. These are typically made more interesting by having angel wings attached to the skull in an effort, perhaps, to breach the gap between death and heaven. Tattoos are incredibly personal and meaningful to the wearer, after all who wants to permanently ink their body with something that has no meaning? I know I wouldn't. I'm certainly not trying to create body art, but simply parodying a common design. Skulls can symbolise many...

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A doodle a day – Day Five

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Day Five Vector Nerd/Geek For today's doodle I decided to take an old sketch I had lying around and turn it into vector form. The image is simply that of a nerd/geek type with some of the stereotypical characteristic people have come to think about the type; i.e. black rim glasses taped together, the bad skin with a few spots etc... But as usual, this image has a small twist, giving the nerd some stylish facial hair and some wild sideburn and hair action - after all, geeks...

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A doodle a day – Day Four

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Day Four Action Poses and Body Form One thing I have never really been able to perfect is drawing the body in action poses, whether it be from the front, side or back. Today I wanted to try and remedy this situation and figure out how to draw better poses and get the proportions right. Firstly some quick research by looking at various images of people in different poses and situations. Then it hit me: I'd recently seen 'The Avengers" and there were some great poses in...

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