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Colouring Pages

I’ve just loaded a higher resolution version of my latest doodle into DeviantART.  Some of my other doodles are also available in my DeviantART gallery for free download.  If you like colouring, or you know people who do, then please feel free to download them.  I’m not sure about the quality of all of them though so I’d appreciate feedback.  Plus I’d love to see any results if you do have a go at colouring them in.  Enjoy!  😀


This is the first drawing I have done in months so it was rather therapeutic. mandaladoodleIf you fancy having a go at colouring it, you can download a better copy (for free) here:  If you do, be sure to let me know in the comments: I’d love to see the finished product…

Eau de Colleen

I drew this piece for my blogging friend Colleen.  She’s a talented photographer with a kind heart.  She wants to visit Ireland, land of her ancestors, but she can’t because the trip could kill her.  She suffers from a condition that could creep up on any one of us.  In fact, more Americans are diagnosed with it than with diabetes.  If you want to know what it is, and how to prevent it, then you’d better check out Colleen’s blog.
I drew this piece in Manga Studio on a drawing tablet called the Cintiq Companion.  Even though it’s digital art I wanted it to look hand-drawn so I avoided using the graphics design tools like grids and rulers.  I must admit to doing plenty of cutting and pasting on the flower grid pattern, fifth up on the right, though. I really enjoyed doing this piece and I’m starting to get better at using layers in Manga Studio.

By the way, if you want to know why the piece says “Eau de Colleen” then you need to check out this post.

Finished Dream

finisheddreamOkay, so I chickened out and stuck with black and white.  But I am using colour on my next piece, which is well under way.

Dream in Colour

I’ve been experimenting with colour on my latest drawing.  Thanks to advice from Sarah Vernon I’ve used photocopies rather than ruining the original.  Here are some of the results:

colour1 colour2 colour3 colour4 colour5 colour6 colour7The only one that works for me is the one that isn’t actually in colour.  On that one I just filled in the “sky” with pencil.  So, I think I’m going to leave the picture in black and white.  When I feel brave enough I’m going to fill the sky in with pen.  I’ll try a texture first and if that doesn’t work I’ll just black it all in.  What do you think?

Dream in Black and White

Here is the larger drawing that I’ve been working on.  I’m showing it to you before I add the colour because I don’t know whether I’m going to improve it or ruin it.  Someone described this piece as “busy”.  I think that might be an understatement!


Collecting Patterns

I spent some time yesterday looking at Zentangles on the Internet.  There are some amazing designs out there.  I could feel the “doodle bug” creeping up on me again so I decided to search for sample Zentangle patterns.  It turns out that there are loads on Pinterest.  I hardly knew where to begin.  Here are some of the patterns that I liked enough to draw swatches of.


I haven’t been able to do much meditation lately so I found drawing very relaxing.  The thing with doodling is, it doesn’t matter if you repeatedly get interrupted.  You can just put it down and pick up where you left off.  And if you don’t get interrupted you can spend hours at it and then wonder where the time went. 😉

Second Doodle Finished

Second Doodle Finished

I turned it around because I thought it looked a bit like a landscape.

Doodling Addiction

First of all, I’d just like to thank everyone who commented on my last post.  I had a lot of feedback and lots to think about.  Having thought about the whole subject of blogger interaction, I’d just like to say that I don’t mind if you don’t read my posts.  I don’t mind if you don’t like them, I don’t mind if you don’t hit the “Like” button and I don’t mind if you don’t comment.  I want you to be comfortable little blogger bunnies (sorry, I guess I got up too early this morning).  However, if you ever feel like leaving a comment I would be delighted to hear from you.  Thank you for sticking with me this far.  Now onto the topic of this post.

I’m on another binge.  I’ve been seeing quite a few of the newfangled Zentangles on the Internet lately.  It seems that doodling is becoming quite popular.  Nobody warned me that it was addictive.  I didn’t do much research, went off half-cocked and got myself hooked on the first try.  I thought I would use a bit of colour; partly because I’m contrary, and partly because I had some coloured pens that have been sitting in the drawer for years, itching to be used.


Now that I’ve got that colour out of my system, the next one is going to be black and white.  Here’s the work in progress.Doodle2WIP

Without the colour, this process seemed very familiar and I realised that I’d done this kind of thing before.  I’ve always liked to play around with shapes and textures.  Below is a picture of my old guitar that I vandalised in 1989.  I glued on bits of magazine images with interesting patterns and textures.


It seems to me that the “zen” in “Zentangles” is not coincidental.  I haven’t read their blurb but I can guess that they’re referring to the meditative aspect of doodling.  I’ve found that meditative awareness takes two main forms: spacious awareness and concentrated awareness.  Doodling fits into the latter category.  You’re not idly daydreaming, you’re focusing very closely on the task in hand, to the exclusion of everything else.  Sorry kids.  😉