“Design with, not for” – INSPIRED!


Trumpet – Music-book Doodles 2022

There's a simple and deep joy in imagining how a child sees things. They might not yet understand the physical reality of weight, size, depth, or even colours, but they can express it visually. This is my goal in doing these child-like doodles... to capture the essence of the subject, as a child might see … Continue reading Trumpet – Music-book Doodles 2022

Puppy Love – Music-book Doodles 2022

Is this a simplistic illustration of a puppy, or is there more to this work? This is the sort of question artists tend to ask themselves... well, at least the artists I know. Recently, when I ask myself this self-doubt-filled question, I hear the an interview with a famous artists (I can't recall who) who … Continue reading Puppy Love – Music-book Doodles 2022

Looking Back – Music-book Doodles 2022

Again, the possibility of building up tones and highlights with the simple wax crayon amazes me. I wasn't sure I could get the figure to appear on the surface of the green shape, if I started with my outline and then filled in the colours... So, I lightly coloured in the green square-ish shape, then … Continue reading Looking Back – Music-book Doodles 2022

Lonesome – Music-book Doodles 2022

The design comes from something I believe I saw (and probably saved) on Pinterest, and I played with it a little: the colours and dimensions are more my own. I think they're. may also have been something else in the inspiration: another bird or some detailed scenery... I don't recall. I feel the hazy, indistinct … Continue reading Lonesome – Music-book Doodles 2022

Underbite – Music-book Doodles 2022

Yet another of my silly nightmare fish... I'm starting to think this is becoming a cathartic release of my fear of swimming in the ocean; now I imagine my silly fish swimming below me and doing nothing but waiting for something to fall into its open mouth. The other fear releaser is that I see … Continue reading Underbite – Music-book Doodles 2022

Head in the Clouds – Music-book Doodles 2022

Originally composed as a strange, bulbous figure with its head receding far into the vanishing point; signifying its mind was firmly lost in the clouds, as the expression goes. That is what I saw when I drew it, but that changed when one of my clever students turned the image upside down and declared it … Continue reading Head in the Clouds – Music-book Doodles 2022

Foolish Heart – Music-book Doodles 2022

Another fool full of ambiguity... on the surface the heart may appear foolish, but this very disposable member of the king's court is always careful and on the watch ... they cannot let themselves ever be really foolish in their actions. They are the keepers of secrets, the soothers of anger, the playthings of the … Continue reading Foolish Heart – Music-book Doodles 2022

Disdain – Music-book doodles 2022

What happens when all we can see is differences. Not seeing eye to eye is often a choice to not listen and consider another perspective. These two figures are similar in many ways, and yet they chose to focus on their differences and even turn them into hatred. The facial expressions are angry and mistrustful; … Continue reading Disdain – Music-book doodles 2022

Puppy Look – Music-book Doodles 2022

We recently got our first puppy, a Maltese-poodle mix, named Whiskey... all energy and silly faces. This is the inquisitive face he makes for us whenever we make a new sound for him: a whistle, imitated animal sound, or copy his sounds. He stops, tilts his head, and stares at us as if to ask … Continue reading Puppy Look – Music-book Doodles 2022