It was a blessed exercise thought up by uberkraaft: to simply drop your inhibitions of drawing on a new page, in an effort to get you to doodle on something that would otherwise be thrown out. So many of you jumped on the prompt to do just that and the submissions came rolling in (see them all).
One after the other impressed us, but the above doodle by Jake Chancellor stole the show. Jake is 13 years old and lives in Barnet, Hertfordshire in the UK. He sent in the above pictures with the simple words, "My mum was going to throw away a kitchen chair so I doodled on it."
Congratulations, Jake. Your skills are so impressive for your age (any age for that matter) and we love that your effort was exactly what the challenge was all about. You just won yourself a custom drawing by uberkraaft and the kudos from all of us here at Doodlers Anonymous.
Don't go just yet. The other submissions are all so fun and improvised. Take note of the egg shells, sun glasses, hand-drawings and even masking tape that were re-used as a drawing medium.See all submissions » See More »
Sometimes I'm overcome with fear when I sit down to draw. I open my beautiful Moleskine sketchbook and stare at its perfect antique ivory pages and there I am... stuck... I either have no idea what to do, or more likely, so many ideas that I can't settle on one and start drawing.
What?! You've been there?! I don't seem to have a problem just doodling, with or without a fully formed idea, but there's something about trying to work on a precious or pristine surface that can be a real obstacle to creativity. To get around it, my favorite remedy is the tried and tested no-good, down and dirty "junk doodle"... Grab an envelope, a direct mailer, a magazine, lump of wood, pair of old shoes... well anything... and get doodling! There is something so pure about working on something that is basically valueless to begin with... There's no pressure for the work to succeed so the doodling gets looser and more creative - it can become practically zen-like.
With it being one of my favorite doodle ways, I'd like to encourage everyone to have a bash at a "junk doodle" - Incentive? (ahem)
Nine years ago, uberkraaft put down his pen and pencil and joined the real world. Although a fine arts degree major and doodler from the age of three, his nine year hiatus from drawing was broken six months ago when he turned off his television and started doodling for fun again.
Oh yea, and click here to check out his drawings on bananas, guitars, envelopes and the like.