anonyrrie: No Time to Doodle

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

No Time to Doodle

There was an era in my life when I actually had time during the work day to cover my desk blotter with doodles. I'd start with a fresh green or brown blotter, vowing to keep it pristine and businesslike, but inevitably after a day or two, an eyeball or a star or a heart would appear. After that...well, I knew it was a lost cause. Whenever I had some down time, or whenever I needed a break, I'd add to the picture. Eventually the entire blotter would be covered with faces and lines and comets and creatures, all done in micro pens, pencil and white-out. The picture above contains pieces of two blotter doodles from several years ago. These days...well, I don't have a blotter and I just don't have time to doodle at work.


Blogger andrea said...

Oh, the lost days when we could doodle! I recognise the process and mourn the loss myself. I'm glad you can doodle with words on your blog, though, Carla.

10:25 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

Carla, these are fascinating! I love how you've covered the surface area with so many different textures and pictures, with little creatures and people emerging all over the place! These would be terrific on cards, or wrapping paper, or as a cover for an alternative comic (using a limited colour scheme) - great stuff and thanks for showing them!

4:06 AM  
Anonymous Charlie said...

Ah yes, the good old margin doodles and pages covered in doodles. I was also forever doodling little shapes, patterns and characters, mostly geometric and Art Deco 'ish' patterns, but I like you haven't done that for a long long time. There just isn't the luxury of time when working or in meetings to do that any longer and it is now replaced with a specific break period to go and sketch for a few moments instead.

These doodled pages are realy lovely though, works of art in themselves. when I first glanced at the page I thought the one on the left was coloured lace and I could easily see these as inside hardcover embelishments in a book.

It's fun just searching around them and finding all the little elements in there.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Drazen said...

Those look great and I really like the colours

8:35 AM  
Blogger Afterthoughts Ltd. said...

Wow! Impressive doodling!

11:37 AM  
Blogger Seth Russell said...

Amazing details, I am supremely impressed with these! Wow!

1:06 PM  
Blogger Stef said...

Very nice colours!!!

2:06 PM  
Anonymous allison paskett said...

such beautiful "doodles"! wow!

3:49 PM  
Blogger Mercedes said...

Really like this illo Carla!!!

5:23 PM  
Blogger kan said...

Wow...I love this. I use to do a similar thing in high school, only with hearts, etc ...about boys. But it was so creative. This is so beautiful.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Looks a lot like the notepad I took to the staff meeting yesterday, which ended up with about two lines of notes total.

11:24 AM  
Blogger ladybug said...

thank u Carla for you lovely comments :)

2:39 PM  
Blogger Jorge Noujaim said...

these are great! love the line quality.

12:35 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Love these blotter doodles!

8:57 PM  
Blogger f.l said...

i really really like those :)
It is a great idea to cover entire doodle with lines , they look like a finish drawing themselves.

and thanks for your comments.

5:57 AM  
Anonymous Big Harry H said...


Time is my biggest issue lately. I just wanted to take a second and say hi!

There is sooooooooo much great work on your site.

Hope you're having a good school year so far!

Big Harry

9:34 AM  
Blogger Leontine said...

Those are SO BEAUTIFUL. You should do some of the illustration friday projects in the style of your blotter doodles. I love them.

11:28 PM  
Blogger tr√§umerei said...

oh i think this drawing is incredibly beautiful...the colors, all the little shapes and the details. it's very rich. when i first saw it it reminded me very much of cards (game cards, like with the queen of hearts), the whole aesthetic of the composition reminded me of that.

thanks very much for the comment you left on my drawing too, it was very good for me to read it, and to see what you thought of it, so thanks :)

i like your 'roots' entry for IF too, but since you have so many comments on that post, and seeing i totally love this drawing, i thought it was a better idea to comment here...

11:48 PM  
Blogger diosaperdida said...

lol...that's neat, and so like an artist.
My sister and I both have had "doodle disease" since we were children. It often would get us into trouble at school, with parents, and her spouse has complained a time or two about her doodling all over the monthly bills.
We have both been known to doodle on everthing from homework, cash, the

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Ginger *:) said...

I love your blotter doodles. They are captivating!

6:40 PM  
Blogger Lois said...

These are really cool. They are like a crazy quilt, with thoughts and wanderings for fabric. Please, just put a blotter on your desk and do them again. I love how the images are weaved together. And... they create their own lovely composition.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I love these! You should scan in som others to show us! Doodling keeps me sane! Thanks for sharing.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Giorgio said...

Carla, I see in your work a combination of French influences of the 50s and new Byzantine mosaic compositions of the end of the first millennium.

4:41 PM  

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