Prompt60 #19: Doodle Pattern Design

"The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas,
and throw the bad ones away."
Linus Pauling

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Tips for Designing Doodle Patterns

Art Prompt. Let's use our documentation journal to show the design process for a doodle pattern. One of the nice things about this sort of open-ended experimentation journal is that you can add rough ideas that are not fully formed. The prompt is to design a doodle or repeating pattern. You can put the entire evolution of your idea in your journal {as in my examples below}.

Ideas for inspiration or starting points include a wrought iron gate, stone path, a collection of feathers, and silverware. If you wish, create a doodle design from this photograph of a terra cotta wall.

When I look at something, I try to see the core lines that make up the thing. I don't use Photoshop to design doodles, but this is a way to show YOU what you "could" see if you squint and look for the key lines in a pattern or a photograph.

Disclaimer: You do NOT need Photoshop to do this prompt, no worries about that. I'm simply using Photoshop to "show" you how you might take a photograph and re-imagine it as a pattern. I've revised the ideas from a 2010 post called "Design-a-Doodle" for this prompt. 

My tips are to look at your photograph from a distance, upside down, squint, whatever it takes to trick your eyes into seeing the major lines and then using them to start a doodle. Draw a row of empty boxes and in each box, try a variation of the original lines. 

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I took this photograph along a sunny corridor in a museum a few years ago and loved the diagonals created by the tables. On the right, above, I used the "glowing edges" filter in Photoshop to show you those lines. [For Photoshop lovers, the path-is... Filter - Filter Gallery- Stylize - Glowing Edges.

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Here's a sketch from my journal showing how the doodle pattern evolved. 

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This is a detailed shot of a wood timber showing the lines in the wood grain.

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The next doodle extravaganza started with a knock-out rose.

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I used the "glowing edges" filter again to try to differentiate the lines.

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OK, your turn! Start with a photograph and design a doodle! Draw it in your journal over and over again!

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