National Doodle Day

Way back in February I received a message on Twitter from National Doodle Day, asking if I’d be interested in participating in their annual event. They send out blank cards to various artists/celebrities/illustrators etc, the recipients doodle on them and send them back. And then they’re all auctioned off on September 2nd to raise money for Epilepsy Action.

Firstly I was totally flattered to be asked. I’m sure they sent that message to thousands of people, but still. I agreed almost immediately. And then they sent out an A5 card that was completely blank on one side, with space on the back to write a secret message to the winning bidder.

Right, so what do I draw? I could literally doodle – fill the page with Zentangle patterns. But I wanted to do something that was iconicly (is that a word?) me. So I went with monsters.

First I did a sketch digitally, because I’m loving drawing on the iPad at the moment, and to help me lay them out nicely.

Then I printed it out and transferred it to the card the old fashioned way. by drawing on the back in graphite, then flipping it and drawing it again to press the graphite onto the card. By the time I’d done the outlining I’d drawn this image four times.

I coloured with Copics (and other brands of alcohol markers), and managed to do a pretty decent job. In my own opinion anyway.

Over the last few months the National Doodle Day Twitter account has been counting down to auction day by showing off a piece every day, and mine was one that they showcased.

You should definitely take a scroll through the feed. There are some very awesome pieces on there. And on the website too. They’ve got art from some famous illustrators like R. W. Alley – who draws the Paddington Bear cartoons, Laura Howell – creator of Minnie the Minx, Ray Mutimer – the Postman Pat artist, and Axel Scheffler – of Gruffalo fame.

They’ve also roped in a lot of celebrities including Joe Pasquale, David Suchet, Tony Hadley, Jools Holland, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, and Timmy Mallett.

There are more than 300 artworks going up for auction, which makes this the biggest event they’ve had in 18 years.

On September 2nd they’ll all go up for 3 day eBay auctions. You can get updates on the Twitter page. Go look and bid! And let me know if you bid on mine.

Author: Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/artist/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.

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