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    « Coffee + Grinds | Main | Design-a-Doodle #2 »

    10 Spots for Doodle Design Inspiration

    "It is the job of poetry to clean up
    our word-clogged reality
    by creating silences around things."
    ~ Stephen Mallarme

    No doubt the swirlies in the margins of your staff meeting notes and the 3D hearts scribbled on the phone with Aunt Jemima are cool. But if you've run out of designs to draw, it's time to expand your doodle repetoire, starting with an inspiration search. Keeping in mind the copyright laws, we need to find inspiration and use it as a base, not to duplicate.

    10 Spots for Doodle Inspiration:

    1. Photoshop Patterns - Linear Geometrics, B&W Geometrics, Concentric Circles, Thai Designs
    2. Graffiti - Inspiredology, 3D Street Art, Create Your Own
    3. Icon Sets - Fruttabuona, Black + Blue
    4. Wrought Iron - Garden Gates, Doors, Iron Artwork
    5. Stained Glass - Windows, Designs
    6. Mexican Talavera Pottery - Plates, Platters, Tile, Suns
    7. Vintage Wallpaper - Geometrics, Retro Kitchen, 70s Wallpaper
    8. Photoshop Brushes - Celtic Knots, Alchemy Symbols, Paisley
    9. Light Fixtures - Modern Chandelier, Pendant
    10. The Beach - Sand Dollars

    10 Bonus Spots!

    1. Doodlers Anonymous
    2. Teesha Moore's Daily Drawing Journal
    3. Illustration Friday
    4. all*over*print
    5. The Flickr Doodle Art group
    6. Lab Partners
    7. Book Cover Archive
    8. sfgirlbybay
    9. Ephemera Assemblyman (no longer updated)
    10. A Collection a Day 2010

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at how I develop doodle designs at Design-a-Doodle Part 1 and Part 2.

    Try brainstorming a list of places you go for inspiration... here's my mind map!

    Where do you find your doodle inspiration?

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    Reader Comments (3)

    great resources, thank you!

    01.13.2011 | Unregistered Commenterbonnierose

    Well! That should keep me busy, lol.
    Managed to get some photos of patterns yesterday - took a while for me to get my eye in and be inspired. Now I've just got to work with them :-)

    01.15.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam

    Bonnie Rose, I'm looking forward to seeing your discoveries!

    Sam, Yes I knew you didn't have enough on your plate so I thought I'd distract you with more, more, more. I think it is a good point that it does take a bit of time to train your eye to look for patterns. To see diagonals criss-crossed instead of the back of a bench. To see repetition in lines like supermarket carts!


    01.15.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

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