Sometimes you need to jump-start your inspiration and nothing does this quite like cutting loose and doodling a little. In this article I’ll share a few cute doodle art designs to help you to get started. ‘Droodles’ will be the first example and these are simple drawings where the interpretation makes a joke Next I’ll talk about how book-border designs can make old books much more fun and amusing and finally, we’ll explore the joys of making anthropomorphic foods to feed your inspiration, rather than your belly.
Let’s cut loose together with a few cute doodle art designs!
Created by Robert Price, ‘Droodles’ combine the easiest and most basic of drawings to make a riddle or a joke, which is usually on the corny side. You can make a droodle by drawing whatever simple thing that you like and adding captions at the bottom to see how many titles you can whip-up for your silly drawing.
For instance, you can draw a square and simply fill it up with black and white or even colored circles and then leave half of the page remaining to start filling in titles that fit. Examples include ‘a flying saucer traffic jam over Manhattan’ or ‘extra-eye storage for Dagwood Bumstead and Little Orphan Annie’.
Yes, it’s a bit on the silly side, but the interesting thing is that it’s good practice. By forcing yourself to ‘interpret’ a simplistic drawing by means of giving it a title that somehow manages to fit, you can really get your brain into that proper creative mood for whipping-up something more serious.
So, the next time that you draw a square and divide it into 4 quadrants, think of it as ‘Q-bert’s sniper gunsight’ or ‘A survey map of Fair and Square land, circa 1884’. After all, a big part of art is in the interpretation and you can inspire yourself and even learn a lot by abusing that simple fact with Droodling!
For more information on Droodles, check out this nice 3rd party link here and start having fun with these weird, riddly doodles on your own!
Did you ever read Mad magazine as a kid? If you haven’t, Google an artist named Sergio Aragones and see what comes up. Sergio really spiced-up Mad’s comedy magazine by the simple, but clever addition of art in small corners around, well, the rest of the art!
The results are hilarious and oddly addictive. You find yourself taking a break from the magazine itself and exploring the tiny worlds that Sergio has drawn for you in the borders. While he did it first, you can still do some on your own and have a grand time doing it.
Get yourself a book, preferably with a few pics in it already (though this is not required) and start making little doodle-comics in areas not used on the page. Go with a theme if you can, so that your art reflects something that is going on with the subject matter of the book and try to make it funny it you can – this helps to keep you motivated and later, when you are reading the book, you might find that these little doodles actually add to the experience.
For instance, imagine Herman Melville’s classic ‘Moby Dick’ with some drawings in the corner of a cartoon old man and his increasingly frustrating stalking of the elusive white whale. You might draw him triumphantly setting out on a simple cartoon boat, all men raising their hands in the air, then next depict his men glaring at him while he grumbles at the water.
The next little doodle might be an old man holding up his hand and making an angry face, with a ‘censored’ block barely hiding an outstretched finger!
Try it sometime and thank me later. Aragones knew what he was doing and I truly wish that there was more book-border art in this world. Just between us, there might be some in local used-bookstores close to me, but you can’t prove that I did it!
For those of us who are a little older, you might remember that before movies began you’d get a little cartoon show with movie-foods dancing around and trying to lure you to the concession stand. Anthropomorphic foods are fun, even if it’s unquestionably weird to give personalities to things that we will eventually eat.
That said, foods look funny with faces and this is a great way to have a little fun and practice some basic, but important shapes. You can draw happy sugar-cubes leaping into coffee or if you are feeling sadistic, panicking cubes melting in that same coffee! You can draw an apple ‘licking his lips’ while holding up a scared-looking chocolate bar as if to offer it to you.
Get creative and have a little fun by turning your favorite foods into amusing, yet edible characters. Trust me on this, it’s fun for children of ALL ages!
Cute doodle art designs don’t take much and can be immensely enjoyable. So, to get started, try whipping up some simple-drawing riddles known as Droodles to test and to jump-start your creativity. After that, pay your respects to Sergio Aragone with a little book-border art to make reading more fun. When you’re done with that, add a little personality to flavorful foods that you might well snack on later.
Doodling is good, old-fashioned fun, folks, and you should do a little every day to stay creatively fresh and amused. If you still need a little inspiration, be sure to check out our guide called 100 Fun Things To Draw For Practice And Fun and let your wandering mind do the rest.
Until next time, happy doodling!