Oliver Twist vs Jabba the Hutt

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request-a-doodle-01-introThis week I have been trying to promote a new feature on the site called Request a Doodle. This feature required people to post their ideas on the Noddegamra forum and for me to draw my interpretation of it this weekend.

The idea itself could be anything, encouraging members to really stretch their imagination in an attempt to be creative and offer me a challenge. One member in particular managed to go a bit beyond what I could accomplish in a single weekend, but his idea has inspired a future project.

With many great ideas it was tricky to pick just one. The request I finally settled on was:

“Oliver Twist fighting off Jabba The Hutt with a breadstick and a jar of Nutella.”

Request a Doodle!

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request-a-doodle-01This weekend I will by trying something new; to doodle something from your imagination!

It’s a bit of fun experimentation for me really. Some people who claim they cannot draw often come up with ideas and sketches that have a lot of potential. One friend I have who thinks he cannot draw has a really great cartoon style that I really like. I remember him drawing a couple of things in MS Paint which I thought were full of character, but he just couldn’t see it.

So, now is his chance (and yours) to work with your imaginations and come up with an idea of something you’d like to see. It can be funny, dark, surreal, cartoony, anything you like! Do your best to describe your thoughts and I will do my best to draw (and possibly photoshop) it. All you need to do is submit your ideas here, and I will try and create something this weekend.

Request a Doodle: http://www.noddegamra.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=3763

Scarecrow

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scarecrow smallThis evening I spent some time drawing again. My chosen “subject” was Scarecrow from the Batman universe. I’ve always been a huge fan of Batman (particularly the Joker), but have never really attempted to draw this villain before.

I started off sketching him on paper and then scanning it in. I must admit it was a bit of a rushed job, with no pencilling and proper shading. I will try to spend a bit more time on my next drawing working more on proportions, shading, and doing more than just a head.

Once scanned in, I made a few layers for the colours and overlaid the black outline on top to allow me to work more freely. I also tried adding a little bit of texture to the image.

I was actually very indecisive about how I coloured and textured Scarecrow, so please check out the other variations (and larger image) after the break and let me know which one you prefer.

The Weird Boy

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The Weird Boy - A drawing by NoddegamraI feel a bit bad just calling him the “weird boy”, but I’m terrible at coming up with decent names for my doodles and blog posts. I really like to try and come up with something imaginative and different to “doodle number 3″, so maybe someone can help me come up with a few ideas for interesting naming conventions..?

This is now my second attempt at a doodle using my new method of scanning in a drawing and colouring it using photoshop. My first picture was just done on plain white paper with a pencil, but for this one I used canvas and went over the pencil with a pen. I think the natural grainy texture of the canvas really suits this image (although I imagine it could still be easily achieved with a photoshop filter).

It seems this experimentation has paid off as I’m quite pleased with the finished result. I think next time I will try and attempt something a little darker and more complicated using a similar style. In the meantime, please feel free to submit your own experiments in drawing and/or photoshop in the “Gallery” section of our forum.

PS. If you think you have an interesting name for this little character, please share your ideas in the comments section :)

Noddegamra is Hungry…

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This has been my first doodle in a while. I spent quite a lot of time today experimenting with different art and colouring styles. In the end what I have uploaded here is quite basic, but I hope to add some more images once I’ve finished the colouring stage of each picture.

To view some of my “work in progress” artwork, check out my twitter page or the forum for regular updates.