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    Design-a-Doodle #4

    This is the 4th in the series on designing your own doodles from interesting shapes and patterns you find and photograph. This week, I will use Photoshop Filters to give you some insight into finding patterns.

    a knock-out rose in full bloom in the garden in early winter

    In Photoshop, just open your photograph and click Filter - Stylize - Glowing Edges to see the edges of your image. You can play with the settings to see the edges in more less detail.

    I look at the photographs, look from a distance, look upside down, squint my eyes. I grab a pencil and draw a bunch of empty boxes and start playing with the lines I see. The patterns need to be easily drawn and look good repeated in multiples. That way it can be used to fill in a shape in a sketch or as part of a doodle. I'm not trying to draw a rose, and the pattern might not look anything like a rose. I'm using the rose for inspiration.

    This was so challenging that I almost gave up! I just couldn't see any start to a doodle, when I noticed the pinwheel center to the flower. It was one of those patterns you need to squint to see! That was the inspiration I needed to get started.

    Design a Doodles in Action: Sophie

    Isn't this fun? Check out Design-a-Doodle #1 and Design-a-Doodle #2 and Design-a-Doodle #3.

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    Reader Comments (4)

    Thanks Tammy for helping me to see patterns in everyday things!! Love these Design-a-Dooldle series!!

    03.16.2011 | Unregistered CommenterEden

    Very cool image from Photo Shop! Way cool.

    03.16.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

    I like this as a way to find patterns and inspirations for doodles. I don't have the Photoshop, but the idea of looking at objects and, well, *stuff* out there to see the shapes they make is a great one.

    Photoshop rocks! love what you did with the image.
    Great prompt, it all starts with doodling :]

    03.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril Cole

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