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Introducing the #todaysdoodle doodlers!

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“…anyone who just likes passing a pen over paper to make something … should keep doing it, and see what comes out of it…”

Last week, my daily #todaysdoodle was an invitation to some of the regular contributors to share a few details about themselves for my blog.  Needless to say, I’ve been thrilled at the positive response and it is my absolute honour and pleasure to introduce you to quite a big group of my doodling buddies.

Take a look through their responses (and my own at the bottom) and go see the wonderful work that they each create out there in the Big Wide World.  It is so inspiring to take a wander through their drawings… we often bounce ideas between us all and certainly for me, it’s fascinating to see such a variety of styles, ideas and themes.

Enjoy!


Verity

Introducing…. Verity Harrison (a.k.a. @larebe40)

Where do you live?

Madrid – Spain

When did you start doodling? Tell us a bit about yourself…

I started doodling when I was little.  Then when I was a bit bigger I did a degree in Textile Design at Nottingham Trent Uni.  Which meant four years of drawing dots, stripes and flowers (it was the late 80’s – Laura Ashey was big news!!) Then I got a ‘real’ job and stopped drawing for a long time.  Five years ago I took a sabbatical and started doing creative stuff again – starting with photography. I then had to go and get a real job again, but was made redundant in December.  I picked up my pens and pencils again when I downloaded the Paper app early this year and one of my first doodles got featured on the ‘madewithpaper’ blog.  So I drew a bit more.. then found I couldn’t stop!!  One thing has led to another and I’m now trying to set myself up as a graphic recorder here in Spain using my biz background and creative skills.

What equipment do you use for your drawings?

Paper by 53 is fantastic for the iPad .. simple as there are only five tools and as near as dammit to using real materials. The lack of layers means you really work each drawing.  I also use Illustrator and Photoshop but I prefer that sense of drawing ‘properly’.  For the analogue stuff I use Faber Castell artist pens and technical pens.  I’ve just bought my first Copic markers (which I LOVE!!).  My notebook is (always) a Moleskine.  And I’ve just bought a Canson marker pad for the copic drawings.  The paper is wonderfully smooth.  I’m like a kid in a sweetie shop when I go to the art supplies store.

“To get inspired, I go to….”

Anywhere.  But I must admit I like sitting in cafés with a bit of white noise in the background. (And a glass of wine!!)

“When I’m not doodling, I really love to……”

Sport. I’m a keen mountain biker and runner, and this year I did my first triathlon.  I also still photograph sports events if I’m not running in them.

Where can we go to find out more about you?

@larebe40 on Twitter, www.dottystripyflower.com (for graphic recording/illustration) and www.verityharrison.com for the photography.

Here’s a link to Verity’s #todaysdoodle pictures.
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Roy

Introducing…. Roy Petersen (a.k.a. @royzoner)

Where do you live?

I’m an American but live in Seaford, UK.

When did you start doodling? Tell us a bit about yourself…

I was having a difficult time completing a long-form documentary I directed and found myself studying books on creativity.

I began doodling for therapeutic purposes, uploading one doodle a day to my orb patrol blog.  It was for fun, and to have an outlet to overcome my directorial perfectionism and the difficult critics of the film I was making.

The initial doodles were awful but I kept on going, and found my flow with cartoon sci-fi creatures that create their own realities.

Doodling is the rock and roll of illustration.  Not everyone can play the violin, but anyone can strum a few guitar chords. Not everyone can draw classically, but anyone can pick up a pen and scribble.

What equipment do you use for your drawings?

I use Copic markers and handbook travelogue journals. Only the best.

“To get inspired, I go to….”

I live near the beach in Seaford, so for inspiration I lay atop of Seaford cliff and download ideas from the blue sky and clouds.

“When I’m not doodling, I really love to……”

When not doodling, I love to make films and edit them.

Where can we go to find out more about you?

My website is www.royzoner.com; and I’m on Twitter as @royzoner.

Here’s a link to Roy’s #todaysdoodle pictures.

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Mauro

Introducing…. Mauro Toselli (a.k.a. @xLontrax)

Where do you live?

Merate, Italy

When did you start doodling? Tell us a bit about yourself…

I can remember clearly that “click day” when I realized “Yes! I can draw!”: 8th grade, Art assignment, it was May 1975. Since then I doodled a lot.

In 2012, thanks to Mike Rohde’s book, I had an epiphany: my doodles stopped being something I did in boring meetings and became a powerful tool!

My technique is still kind of rudimentary but is now a part of my life and my job. I’m an IT guy and doodling is part of my analysis works, classes and lectures. Is my way to nail ideas and “one-man-brainstorming” method.

What equipment do you use for your drawings?

I love to be frugal: I use reclaimed printed papers or scraps and a Papermate Flair M for my everyday doodles. For my “masterpieces” 🙂 I have an A4 Moleskine, my favorite pens are Sakura Pigma Micron08 and 05, PilotG-2 and a very low cost private labeled pen from Auchan (it works very well!).

“To get inspired, I go to….”

My kitchen table! Well, honestly there aren’t big alternatives in my tiny home but I love that spot (very close to coffee!!!).

“When I’m not doodling, I really love to……”

Mountaineering, practice Shiatsu and cooking – not necessarily in that order.

Where can we go to find out more about you?

My website is http://www.maurotoselli.com and I am on Twitter here.

Here’s a link to Mauro’s #todaysdoodle pictures.

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Marc

Introducing…. Marc Bourguignon (a.k.a. @100978Marc)

Where do you live?

Saint Germain En Laye (16 km far from Paris), France.

When did you start doodling? Tell us a bit about yourself…

As far as I can remember I always doodle but I let it go for a while during my studies (University) and never re-started until this Holy day when I discovered Mike Rohde and the sketchnoting concept.

Then I found out Sunni Brown and Caroline (Chapple, see below) on Twitter. Caroline encouraged me to start and “voilà!”

I began to “import” the infodoodling at work. I’ve already used doodles and mindmaps during meetings or projects. I want to keep on this way and become a real certified Infodoodler! Saint Sunni Brown pray for me 🙂

What equipment do you use for your drawings?

For the moment, I use only paper (real paper not the soft), and a Moleskine (Mike Rohde’s recommendation) and coloured pens (I use to steal those of my kids).

But when I see the beautiful results coming from digital devices, I think I gonna invest in something in future, but what? Ipad with Paper by 53, Bamboo?…

“To get inspired, I go to….”

A little bit detail in my environment can inspire me. But, I prefer to draw in a quiet place … not really easy with 2 kids around me always asking me “Hé Papa, what you are drawing?”.

“When I’m not doodling, I really love to……”

In disarray : Chat with friends, play with my kids, nap, wandering, photography, take a glass of excellent Whisky…

Where can we go to find out more about you?

On Twitter I’m @1000978Marc. And recently I opened a gallery of my sketchnotes in Flickr here.

Here’s a link to Marc’s #todaysdoodle pictures.

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Lilpeanut

Introducing…. Marichiel Boudwin (a.k.a. @ItsLilpeanut)

Where do you live?

Long Beach, CA, USA

When did you start doodling? Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m an entrepreneur, illustrator, and owner of In A Nutshell Studio. In addition to illustrations, In A Nutshell helps businesses get to the core of what they’re about. I currently reside in California with my husband and two children, ages 10 and 4.

I focus on hand-drawn typography and drawing objects made exclusively out of letters and words. My work includes sketchnotes, book illustrations, animations, and tshirt designs.

What equipment do you use for your drawings?

I love to draw digitally on Pixelmator or iDraw using my Intuos Wacom tablet with stylus. I also lug around a sketchbook and Sharpie Pen, (Uniball Gel Pen as backup), to jot down notes or doodles on the go.

“To get inspired, I go to….”

My couch! It’s very comfortable where I can be close to my kids and have everything I need.

“When I’m not doodling, I really love to……”

Play video games! I’m also a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and enjoy teaching women’s classes.

Where can we go to find out more about you?

My website is http://inanutshellstudio.com or on Twitter as @ItsLilpeanut.

Here’s a link to Marichiel’s #todaysdoodle pictures.

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Chris

Introducing…. Chris Spalton (a.k.a. @ChrisSpalton)

Where do you live?

Norwich, UK

When did you start doodling? Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’ve been doodling since I could first hold a pen, so many years, and much to the disgust of teachers and several managers, class and meeting notes were covered in skulls, zombies and rather randomly, doodles of angry bald men.  As I got more and more into graphic design, and building various tools/apps for my users I’ve found it invaluable to easily get ideas down and get things straight in my head before setting out laying out the prototypes and then final products. The rough and ready style suits my way of working, and allows me to capture my thoughts easily and try things out before it’s too late.  More recently I’ve found that sharing the sketches allows you to easily show others what you’re planning as as soon as ‘non technical’ people see a product with buttons etc they assume it’s finished so offer up far less ideas, sketching your ideas shows it’s work in progress and people offer feedback far more generously.

These days I use doodling for a number of reasons, to help me visualise processes, problems, and projects at work, to relax by drawing silly cartoons, and to educate myself, I attend as many networking talks as I can (although nowhere near enough!) and have found that Sketchnoting really fits my learning style and feel it’s something that could potentially be really useful for a lot of people.  I’ve held a few workshops both in my workplace and at local schools and the response so far has been great and I’m finding sharing the concepts with others really rewarding and inspirational.

What equipment do you use for your drawings?

Just plain old pen and paper 99% of the time, so far I have exclusively used Faber-Castell pens, but am starting to look for alternatives (so if anyone else has any recommendations please share them with me!) also on occasion I’ve used my Ipad, and the Paper app by fiftythree to produce doodles and other diagrams.  Ultimately whatever scrap of paper and whatever pen or pencil is in front of me at the time!

“To get inspired, I go to….”

One thing I really get inspired by is travel sketchnotes, where I visit a place, be it a new city, or me and my lady are National Trust members so visit a lot of old houses & castles, I love coming home to sketch my experiences there.  Not only is there interesting stuff to draw (I enjoy drawing old buildings) but the historical element offers lots of interesting snippets of info to embellish your notes with.  It also makes it a far more memorable and personal trip. Basically a walk in the fresh air, with a dash of history thrown in is perfect to get my creative juices flowing.

“When I’m not doodling, I really love to……”

I guess my biggest interest outside doodling is my music, I’m a huge fan of alternative rock (simply put…) and spend a lot of time listening, reading about and discovering new bands, I attend a lot of  gigs/festivals and really feel that my music tastes defines a very core part of my personality, which expresses itself in me banging poorly but enthusiastically on my drumkit and shouting into garageband on my iPad.  Other than that, trying to absorb as much info from the internet as I can, attending Talks & Conferences, and twittering away really.

Where can we go to find out more about you?

My twitter is @ChrisSpalton find me on tumblr at spaltonsketchnotes.tumblr.com.

Anything else?

Just big thanks really, it’s great that we’ve started to build a little community of doodlers through the #todaysdoodle hashtag, and I’m really finding it enjoyable to be able to connect with such a bunch of friendly, social, talented and inspirational people, it’s really helping me push my skills and define what I want from life, and I just hope I’m contributing in some way to the ongoing development, success, and profile of graphic recording / sketchnoting / info doodling.

Also… make sure you buy Mike Rohde’s awesome new book ‘The Sketchnote Workbook’ (when it comes out soon) not only will it help boost everyones skills, you’ll also see yours truly featured – something that I’ve extremely humbled and proud of.

Here’s a link to Chris’s #todaysdoodle pictures.

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Caroline

Introducing…. Caroline Chapple (a.k.a. @carolinechapple)

Where do you live?

London, UK

When did you start doodling? Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember.  Mad about comics when I was young, I started drawing cartoon strips in my 20s, mainly as an outlet for the rage I felt as a London temporary secretary. As it was pre-internet and I didn’t know what to do with them, I stopped the cartooning and had a 15-20 year career in business and online marketing instead.

About five years ago I got back in touch with my long lost love and realised I could combine my marketing knowledge with my drawing skills (because you never stop drawing) and so I started my business creating cartoons to convey marketing messages. About 10 months ago I read Mike Rohde’s book on sketchnoting and realised I’d come home.

What equipment do you use for your drawings?

For drawing, my first and most persistent love is a black Pilot V5 pen. I’ve tried pretty much every pen I’ve come across, and for me, nothing beats it. It gives such a fine (but not too fine) silky line that my hand seems to do its own thing when we hit the paper together.

For paper, my preference is a stack of plain, white photocopy paper. Good quality can be nice but isn’t necessary. I’ve done my share of Moleskine worship, and their pads are great if you’re on the move. But if I’m working on new drawings at home I like the disposable nature of the photocopy stack. It encourages me to draw, throw aside, draw, throw aside (repeat until done).

When I’m sketchnoting I use an A4, spiral bound, cartridge paper pad. You can get them from art shops and don’t need to spend more than £6-8 on a 50-page pad. I used to use Moleskine A5 pads. Again, I think they’re lovely, but I wanted to work at a larger size and the art shop pads are an affordable option. But honestly, I can draw on anything as long as I have my Pilot V5.

For sketchnoting I now use highlighters to add colour and emphasis to the pages. Having tried many, my favourite is a flex marker brush pen. They’re not always easy to find so I buy them online. I like the lighter tones as they don’t interfere with my black pen lines. The results look wonderful on paper, less so once scanned, so this is still a work in progress for me.

For graphic recording I use plain rolls of paper and Neuland pens.

I’m still exploring digitally. Again, having tried many of the new and different options, I’ve yet to find a solution that gives me the line, flow and precision that I get from pen on paper, but I keep looking and hoping. For a different style to my pen drawings I’m completely in love with the Paper 53 app. I had a trapped nerve recently and wasn’t able to use my right hand for six weeks. But I was still able to create some interesting doodles using my left hand using Paper 53.

“To get inspired, I go to….”

Inside my head. To galleries, museums and exhibitions. Maybe leaf through books in bookshops. I love oriental art and have filled my flat with as much of it as I’ve been able to afford over the years.

I also think dancing is really helpful – from actual, proper dancing (which I don’t do) to waving my arms around in the kitchen. I believe there’s a direct relationship between how I move and the lines I create when I’m drawing. Stands to reason, I guess.

“When I’m not doodling, I really love to……”

The usual – talk with friends, see movies, go to live jazz. I live in London which I love, so you can just walk out of the door if you want to be entertained. I’m lucky enough to be close to a big park.

Where can we go to find out more about you?

I show my work at chapplecartoons.co.uk, and on twitter @carolinechapple and would love to meet you there.

Anything else?

I love drawing because I enjoy making marks on a page that become something I didn’t know was there. Or because I see a picture in my head and (sometimes) I can then make it appear on paper. Or because I can use it to understand or illustrate a concept that I’m finding difficult to grasp in any other way. Or because the act of drawing frees my brain to listen to what’s going on around me. Or because my body wants to dance and it’s only appropriate to let my hand do so.

Or for whatever reason it appeals to you. I spent 20 years in meetings drawing pictures and writing out the alphabet, over and over again. No one ever questioned me or stopped me, which I think is because drawing is a natural thing, and anyone who just likes passing a pen over paper to make something other than just letters, should keep doing it, and see what comes out of it.

Here’s a link to Caroline’s #todaysdoodle pictures.

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Andrea

Introducing…. Andrea Brücken (a.k.a. @dieHauteCulture)

Where do you live?

Hamburg, Germany

When did you start doodling? Tell us a bit about yourself…

I began last year with doodling and sketchnoting. Because I am a trainer for Online Communication and Social Media skills (and a highly motivated self-learner), I began to teach myself about the techniques of visualisation while leading a practise group of other interested people.

I have fast recognised the potential for my personal knowledge management, because I am always confronted with huge amounts of new information. Moreover, I have studied all my life different aspects of the communication. It was logical anyhow to achieve the point in which I would refine my natural talent for visual thinking in a practical way.

What equipment do you use for your drawings?

I have started with the Paper app by 53 on the iPad.

In the meantime, I more often draw in ring book basting and on blocks. With a choice of the pencils I am not (yet) very fastidious. I try out different materials and am sure to find the suitable ones with the time.

“To get inspired, I go to….”

With doodling I often have an idea which I transform then with pleasure in rest and with care at home. On the way I observe people and events – if possible, I draw immediately a little bit in addition. Sketchnoting I start with talks, on bar camps or in meetings. Here I have less time, must concentrate me more and fight with my picture vocabulary. So doodling is a great training.

“When I’m not doodling, I really love to……”

I love to learn new things and offer my knowledge to others.

Where can we go to find out more about you?

I am present on nearly any big social platform at the web. I am on Twitter as @diehauteculture, I have a flickr profile and also on about.me here. My blog Haute Culture informs about my web life and the topics I am interested in. Also, at the modern German educational network ununi.TV I conduct interviews all about Visual Literacy.  From September I will be offering an online course on the basics of sketchnoting at ununi.TV to attract people to the idea of working with visual notes.

Here’s a link to Andrea’s #todaysdoodle pictures.

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Claire

Introducing…. Claire Holgate (yep, that’s me!)

Where do you live?

In the leafy hills of Surrey, UK.

When did you start doodling? Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’ve always doodled and scribbled my way through life and only discovered using my drawings to help people understand things better in the last couple of years.  I now work as a graphic recorder and illustrator and really enjoy making stuff up in my head and getting it down on paper!

What equipment do you use for your drawings?

Whatever comes to hand, for the impromptu stuff…  I have a gazillion notebooks and journals around and a mix of pens, from massive Neuland and Berol markers to lovely, smooth uniPin, Pilot & Muji fine liners. In a house with an arty 8 year old daughter, I just tend to grab whatever felt tip pens she’s left lying around…

“To get inspired, I go to….”

The outdoors.  Or even just somewhere alone to let my mind wander.  Coffee shops or the tops of hills mostly.

“When I’m not doodling, I really love to……”

Have fun with the family, be happy and I’m quite partial to a nice glass of something cold on a summer’s evening.

Where can we go to find out more about you?

Well, you’re on my website now if you’re reading this, so hearty thanks for being here. If you’re really keen, you can click on my Twitter here or my Facebook here too!

Here’s a link to Claire’s #todaysdoodle pictures.

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Footnote.

This is a reeeeeeally long blog post. My longest ever. And definitely the most complex. It has ANCHOR TAGS and EVERYTHING.

If you’ve read down this far then:

1. You are very dedicated to visual thinking and I salute you!

2. You may have noticed mistakes and broken links. I expect a few may have snuck in. Please tell me if you did so that I can fix them.

3. You’re here now, so please leave a comment and tell us what you think of our little collective. Do you doodle? Add your answers to our questions in your comment below!  If you’re a #todaysdoodle contributor and would like to be featured then get in touch via my contact page here.

4. Do consider sharing this post with your network. We’d genuinely LOVE to share the doodle love around the world – the more the merrier! 😀

Thank you!

  1. Mauro Toselli

    I must admit, Claire, this is the only “long read” post I read from start to end in ages!

    I had mixed feelings reading this: on one hand it was a joy to read more than those 140 characters and discover new things about us, on the other it was (don’t take me wrong) an “intimate” experience.

    Over simplifying, you can’t make a doodle without blending a part of you in it. This, coupled with our info made me feeling we are in a “long time friendship started only few tweets ago”.

    Thank you very much for your time spent putting together all of this.

    • I agree Mauro! It’s a long post. But it’s really nice to find out a bit more about each other and see where we all get our ideas from. It’s certainly more interesting without the 140 characters limit for once…! And from reading the entries above, it’s surprising how much you can tell about each of us (at least I think so) based on a few simple answers.

      It was my pleasure to bring it all together 🙂

  2. I LOVE all of the people’s doodles and how you have built a digital doodle community. I think doodles are very much like how the Muppet Show made (makes?) the world a happier better place because most have an inherently have an engaging sweetness about them, are not intimidating or SERIOUS, and they naturally facilitate creative flow for everyone who looks at them. Which makes the world a better place one doodle at a time imo. So thank you all!

    (I mostly did this because you asked me to as a reader to the end of the post. 🙂 great to read about everyone’s background and supplies they use. Nifty group of folks! i am a recovering pen/paper/art addict and have been really pleased with the pressure sensitive pen w/galaxy 10.1 2014. it’s also really helpful if you need reading glasses but refuse to get them like me, as you can enlarge a lot digitally for fine details. )

    • Ah hello Jen! Thank you so much for taking the time to add a comment…. and well done for surviving all the way through to the bottom of the post 😉 Yes, there are some great tips in here for supplies, especially for massive stationery fans such as myself. I haven’t explored the digital doodling as much as I’d like to, but often paper and pen/pencil is the quickest option open to me. Plus I don’t have an iPad (gasp, shock horror) so I’m saving myself for Paper by fifty-three one day….!!!

      Keep doodling 🙂
      Claire x

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