Did you ever get in trouble for doodling on your school work when you were a kid? I certainly did! The funny thing is that no matter how many times I was reprimanded I couldn’t give it up. And today, I doodle just as much.
According to Wikipedia the definition of doodling is this:
“A doodle is an unfocused or unconcious drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes.”If I am at meeting or required to do any form of auditory learning, my compulsion to doodle is irresistible. My childhood impressed upon me that doodling was bad but recently I discovered otherwise:
According to a study published in the scientific journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, doodling can aid a person’s memory by expending just enough energy to keep one from daydreaming, which demands a lot of the brain’s processing power, as well as from not paying attention. Thus, it acts as a mediator between the spectrum of thinking too much or thinking too little and helps focus on the current situation. The study was done by Professor Jackie Andrade, of the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth, who reported that doodlers in her experiment recalled 7.5 pieces of information (out of 16 total) on average, 29% more than the average of 5.8 recalled by the control group made of non-doodlers. (Thanks again Wikipedia!)In light of those statistics I say > DOODLE ON!!!
I have long dreamed of illustrating children’s books. In my teens I would buy children’s books just so I could copy the illustrations and practice. Well… it took until I was almost 40 years old to make it happen but here I am and I am so very thankful!
I am grateful that I am living out one of my childhood dreams but MUCH greater than that I thankful for how this little publishing company fulfills another dream of mine; the opportunity to support, help and give to children. From the beginning of this company my partner, Trina Ayling, and I have written this “giving code” into the very fiber of our business. And although we are still only a baby company with limited resources we have tried hard to live by our “code”.
Quite honestly, I dream of having unlimited resources with which I could change the lives of children all over the world. In addition to that, I have a staggering number of other personal dreams as well! However, I think the immense needs of the world and the fear that comes in when pursuing dreams can sometimes steal the desire to do anything at all…
The other day I read this post >>> ‘Pencil in Hand’ on Talus Rock Retreat’s blog – this post and the quote included below totally spurred me on;
“Don’t fail to do something because you can’t do everything.” -Bob Pierce
The images attached here are actually drawings that I did many years ago when I was a kid – kinda fun to look back!
Posted here is some simple instructions for kids about how to draw a standing dragon but before we begin I thought I should introduce myself… My name is Hannah, I am Micheline’s daughter. I’m fourteen years old and I love to draw and I love music. I especially love to draw dragons! I have posted on Whimsical Publishing’s blog once before (Please check out my previous post > Our Crazy Animals) and I am hoping to do more here in the future. Since this blog is dedicated mostly to children my Mom and Trina thought it would be great to have a kid writing some of the posts – so HERE I am!
I hope you enjoy this short little dragon drawing tutorial!Step One: First you want to draw a simple stick and circle base frame for your dragon. Easy! So if you mess up or aren’t happy there is still time to erase and start over!Step Two: Draw around your stick figure, give it a head, feet, body and tail. Don’t forget to draw in the wing membrane, otherwise how is your dragon going to fly?!Step Three: To help make your dragon look more three-dimensional you should add the legs behind the front ones. Same goes for the wings. He can’t fly with only one wing!Step Four: Once you have the shape you want get a black ink pen out. Now you have to carefully trace over your entire drawing, but don’t trace the stick figure you started with! After you have traced every little line go and erase all the nasty left over pencil lines.Step Five: Now we add detail!! Draw in little spikes all the way along his back and tail. Add crease lines in the wings and the dragon’s soft belly. Draw in muscle lines and any extra spikes you want on the jaw and legs. Oh yeah, don’t forget he’ll need claws for hunting!Step Six: Always the fun part, add colour to your creation! I’ve chosen earthy colours. You could do anything, black and red are a nice combination, so is green and blue. But don’t do pink. I think he’d come off the page and fry your pencil crayon if you tried!Step Seven: Shading, add shadows to the places that are covered by other limbs. Add shading to places in the wing to make it look 3-D. That way your dragon will actually pop off the page instead of looking flat and boring. Have fun with it!
Of course don’t let that limit you, you can make those sticks and circles do anything you want them to. They can fly, sleep, run, hunt. They can come in all shapes and sizes – anything you want! We’ve included several of my other drawings as examples. Thanks for checking this out!
P.S. You can also check out our free colouring pages as well – there are some fun dragons to colour in there as well!
So admittedly… <sheepish grin > this is a book idea that is a ways into our future. However, I couldn’t resist sharing a little bit about it… (I am dreaming that one day something incredible will happen with this little business and we’ll suddenly be able to publish ALL these fabulous and worthy children’s books!)
‘Marmot Wakes in Winter’ is written by author, Chris Ayling. It is a “whimsical” and humorous tale about a little hibernator who wakes and just can’t get back to sleep. It covers his adventures with the more winter savvy critters and in the end it follows him back home where he finally finds a way to fall sleep again.
Attached here are some preliminary sketch ideas I have done for this book – I’m really looking forward to being able to fully do this project one day!!!