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February 15, 2013

For hours of creative fun, get one of my drawing games at  Take it to a meeting or group activity and

watch what happens when people start drawing together….smiles, giggles, laughter….memories!  Give the gift of creativity

to others…they will not expect it…but they will remember it!


Drawing Car #1…things that go zoom!

April 29, 2012

Thanks all of you who commented on what  to draw…I heard you.  So let’s start with a car…and put a couple of doodle bugs inside it.  Follow along with the steps I’ll show you.   Here we go….zoom! zoom!

Way to go with your drawing!  You can build a whole scene now around your doodle bugs in a car…maybe they are in a big city or maybe they are driving down a country road with a farm in the background or maybe they are driving next to the ocean or maybe they are driving on the moon?!  You get to decide and make the picture the way you want.

Let me show you one more thing….the picture below shows the same car, but I did something different to make it look like it’s going faster…..maybe you want to draw your car again on another piece of paper and try it like I’ve drawn it below!  Have fun drawing!

You’re sooooooo creative!

Draw Ploosh the doodle bug

March 13, 2012

Glad you could join me today to draw!  We’re drawing Ploosh the doodle bug.  He’ll help us work on your rounded lines

and shapes.  The big curly Q lines in the wings are fun to make.  So, watch me draw Ploosh first and then follow me

in the steps below the video.  When you get Ploosh finished, maybe you will want to make another Ploosh but decorate

his wings in a different way…any way you like!






Draw Sassy the doodle bug

March 5, 2012

Watch me draw Sassy the doodle bug…she wants to be sure that you notice her new shoes!

Then grab some paper and a pencil and try the easy steps below.   Have fun drawing!

Draw Bongo the doodle bug

February 27, 2012

First, watch me draw a little doodle bug named Bongo in a short video…(my camera is acting up a bit, sorry)

Now grab a piece of paper and pencil and let’s draw him together….

Draw a Thanksgiving Turkey!

November 16, 2011

HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone!  What a wonderful time of year!  This holiday is a great reminder to practise being thankful all the days of the year.  Today we will draw a turkey together. I would advise using a pencil (with an eraser) and not a pen.  I’m not going to write very much…instead,  I’ll let the photos show you step by step.

By the way, if you want to download the turkey we are drawing today and make copies to let kids color them at Thanksgiving (or whenever), you can find it here.  The file is in the folder called, Thanksgiving Turkey coloring.  It’s even got a great Bible verse on it to help you remember why we give thanks.  After you color it, why not have it laminated and use it as a placemat during this season!  And you can make your own border design around the picture…I left you room to be creative.  Have fun!  (be sure and tell others about this little project!)  Here is what the picture looks like..

Ok, let’s get to drawing our turkey!  You will need to turn your paper sideways to start….(click on the photo to see it larger because the quality of the photos is poor…sorry!)

After you finish your turkey picture with pencil and have it just like you want it, you could take a sharpie or a black pen and go over your lines…then color it.

And I will close this post by saying, “I’m thankful that you like to draw!”.


Spring flower drawing video

March 18, 2011

HAPPY SPRING everyone!  At least in Arkansas (for now) !!!!!

You can draw along with me if you use your pause button through out the different parts…have fun drawing!

Draw doodle bug, Lumbardo

March 13, 2011


Today I would like to dedicate this doodle bug character to a six year girl in the Dallas, TX area that loves to draw!  Keep up the great drawings you are doing and know that God has given you your creative ability as a special gift to enjoy and be a blessing to many others.  Hope you enjoy drawing Lumbardo today!

It’s always good to get back to the ole drawing board after I’ve been away from it like I have lately.  Today we will add another one of the many Doodle Bug characters that we’ve been drawing.  This is Lumbardo…a four legged doodle bug!  Notice his wavy  back?  God made us all with a part of our back called the “lumbar” region.  That is why I named him “Lumbar-do”.  Sometimes it’s fun to name our characters after other things that sound like that name.  Maybe your mom or dad or teacher can show you were your lumbar region is on your back…

I’m going to let you go with the drawing without my comments between each one.  Turn your paper sideways to draw Lumbardo because he’s kind of long instead of tall.  When you draw the first shape (his head), tilt it like I show you.  Also remember that we are using “angle lines”, straight lines, curve lines, circles and dots to make everything you will see.  (from “Drawing with Children” by Mona Brookes, Tarcher Putnam Press. 1986,1996…Thanks Mona!)

And, of course, add a little color!

Try to think of some place you could put Lumbardo for your own picture and make up a funny story about what he is doing there. Maybe you will want to add some other doodle bug characters with him also?! Have fun drawing!

Draw a Doodle Bug Ju-Ju flower

February 21, 2011

Today we are going to draw a Ju-Ju flower from the Doodle Bug world.  This flower is something I created from my imagination…as are all the things in the Doodle Bug world.  One of the great things about creating something new, is that you get to name it whatever you want!  I like the way “Ju-Ju” sounds….it’s fun to just say it!  You can Draw the letters for Ju-Ju like I did above if you like.  I think it’s fun to write letters in all kinds of styles.  The letters I did are called, “outline” letters.  You can fill outline letters with color or patterns or just about anything.  Do you see the little lines that are around “Ju-Ju”?  Those are called “emphasis lines”.  They are put there to decorate how the words look and to catch your eye….as if they are saying, “Hey!  Look at me!  I’m important!”  Maybe you could even try to write your name in outline letters and decorate them in some fun way…then put some emphasis lines around them?

So let’s get started drawing.  Turn your paper tall ways and somewhere between the top and half way of your paper, draw a big “U” like I show you below…

Going across the top of the flower make 3 rows of upside down “U”‘s…stacked one on top of the other…

Now add 4 curly Q lines going up from the top row of upside down “U”‘s like this….

Then draw two tall lines between the curly Q lines and put small circles at the end of these lines.  Draw some dots around the circles as well.  On the flower, close to the top, draw a circle.  In the circle draw an “X” and then 1 more line going through the middle of it.  That’s the Ju-Ju’s nose.  Also add a good size dot on each side of the nose like this…

For it’s mouth make a long curved line going across the lower part of the flower.   Make another long curved line connected at the ends of the first line.  The stem is a fun line to draw….starting at the bottom of the flower, draw a line straight down a little ways, then go over to the left and finally back down again almost to the bottom of your paper.  Leave a little room at the bottom.

Draw another stem line beside the first one and leave some space between them.  On the right side under the flower, draw two curly Q lines that slant up (like it’s arms).  These curly Q lines start off as straight lines and then curl at the end.  The top curly Q line is longer than the one under it.  Did you notice that?

For the other side of the stem, do the same thing with the curly Q’s but go the other direction.  Also add some nice dark dots inside the stem.  Try to put the dots the same space apart from each other the whole way down.  Good job!

Now draw a line at the bottom of your paper going all the way across.  Let the bottom of your stem touch it.  Of course, that is the ground.  We will put leaves on the stem in 2’s.  For this step, this is how to make the Ju-Ju flower leaves…on the right side of the flower under the curly Q arms, draw a short line starting at the stem and slant it down.  Then put your pencil on the stem where that line touches it and make a curve line going around it all the way to the end of the line and then head back to where you start.  There’s your leaf!

Now draw another leaf right beside that one.  That makes a pair of leaves.  Then draw another pair of leaves down lower on the left side of the stem.  We’re almost done!  Way to go!

On the top of the ground line on the left side of the stem, we are going to draw some grass.  In the Doodle Bug world this kind of grass is called “wag”.  To draw wag, you make a “pattern”.  A pattern is something that repeats.  Make a row of short curved lines slanted the way I will show you below.  On every other curved line, draw a small circle on the top.  You got some wag growing on your picture now!

For the rest of the ground beside the Ju-Ju flower, make your wag lines curved the other way!

And you have now made your first Ju-Ju flower in a field of wag!  Great job!

Time to color it!

I’ll bet you could draw some Doodle bugs in this picture too!  And maybe a Doodle Bug car or house as well!  If you can’t remember how to draw a Doodle Bug…or you’ve never even heard of a Doodle Bug, go to the category list over on the right and find, “Doodle Bugs” and click on it and I will show you how.  Have fun drawing!  And remember, it’s God that has made you creative…it’s a gift He gave you to enjoy because He loves you!

Draw Ekey the running robot!

February 6, 2011

Today we will be drawing some things “slanted” instead of straight and up and down.  Try to notice “slanted things”.  The reason is because my gangly robot friend, Ekey is running.   When you run, usually you lean (or slant) forward in the direction you are going.  It’s hard to run fast if you don’t lean forward.  And other parts of Ekey will be slanted also.

So, let’s start Ekey by drawing his head shape…a rectangle…but notice that I tilted it a little to the right. At the bottom of his head draw another long skinny rectangel (slanted) and put three lines in it spaced apart. Give him a rounded top on his head and put two lines going across it inside this shape (did you notice all of this is slanted?). On top of the head make a smoke stack that l0oks like an arrow.  Darken it in.    Draw a small circle under the head and connect it with a little line (that’s the neck).  Next we draw the eyes.  Each eye will have a rectangle for the eye lid and the letter “U” under it for the eye (the eyes are slanted too).  You’ll draw these over the top of the head shape on each side near the top.  That will mean that you need to erase the lines inside these shapes.  Add the nose as a big curly-Q line that gets smaller and smaller as it goes in. Now you can put dots in the eyes…draw a slanted line for the mouth and put circles on the end of it (those are the bolts that make the mouth open and shut…right now it is shut)….and also add three dots slanting down from under the stack at the top of his head.  Add a little puff of smoke under those.  The smoke is made of a small letter “U” that you make over and over till it connects with the first “U” again….there are four “U’s” in this puff.Now do the other side of the head with three dots and another puff of smoke.  Decorate the inside of the body with two straight lines going across (slanted!) and three big dots in between those two lines. When I add the legs, I want Ekey to look like he is running…not standing still.  One leg goes forward and one goes backwards like you do when you run!  Look at the picture and see if you can make your legs like I did.  Notice that I put small circles at the knees and the ankles. The feet are rectangles….notice how I slanted them when I attached them to the ankle circles. Ekey’s arms are like spaghetti with a good size circle (and a smaller one inside it) at the end of them.   The circles are his robot hands.  His left arm will be waving to us.

Now add his fingers and you are all done!  Notice that when I drew the thumb on each hand, I put it out to the side from the other three fingers.  Look at your own hand when you wave….see how God made your thumb be able to go out to the side?  Cool, huh?!

When I colored Ekey, I tried to make him look shiny like I thought a robot would.  The way I did that was to make each blue shape lighter down the middle and darker as it went out to the edges.  See if you can tell where I did that with the blue shapes….

Last, I decided to put color around EKey.  Since I knew that the color blue and the color orange are best friends, then I chose orange to put around him.  And I wanted to make him look like he was moving fast, so I used long streaky lines of color.  Have fun coloring your Ekey!  Great job!

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