- Series: Creative...and Beyond
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing; 11.1.2011 edition (December 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600582478
- ISBN-13: 978-1600582479
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.6 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creative Doodling & Beyond: Inspiring exercises, prompts, and projects for turning simple doodles into beautiful works of art (Creative...and Beyond) Paperback – December 1, 2011
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Painter, illustrator, and graphic designer Stephanie Corfee is the author of three books on art and illustration, all published by Walter Foster: Fashion Design Workshop (7/11), Creative Doodling & Beyond (12/11), and Creative Illustration & Beyond (11/13). She has licensed her artwork for use on children's wall decor, apparel, home goods, and other products to such clients as Lil Blue Boo, Oopsy Daisy, and Target, and sells commissioned artwork, prints of her illustrations, and one-of-a-kind accessories online. Stephanie also offers tutorials, downloads, and online workshops on her website/blog, StephanieCorfee.com.
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Inside, you will find instruction on frames, alphabets, shapes and of course doodles. There are specific instructions to help like line weight, spacing & composition. There are pages you can use to practice your own samples as well!
The Creative Doodling & Beyond even goes as far to give ideas on creating your own heirlooms & family games. It's a solid investment for the letter loving, doodle drawing people!
Even with many pages left blank for practicing, this is still a pretty good sized book with lots of material. There is a lot more here than in the thin little zentangle books. (The zentangle books are good, just a little thin for the price.)
It is a really beautiful book. It is fun to look through.
I like having the blank practice space in the book. I enjoy going through the book practicing all the doodles, it is very relaxing. I find myself more likely to practice as opposed to other books I have where I have to get out a separate piece of paper to doodle with.
Once I have practiced the doodles, I find myself incorporating many of the elements into my own doodles. Since using the book, I find myself doing many new designs in doodling and not just things in the book. It is like the doodles in the book are sparking off new doodle ideas in my head.
I enjoy the author's style of doodling. It is very loose and casual and freeform. It feels more spontaneous than the zentangles style of doodling. With a few exceptions, such as the portrait doodles, I did not feel that I needed to work on my artistic skills before I could do them.
I did not care for the projects. Most of them seemed to be geared toward a parent with young children. I was a bit puzzled that the purse project called for doodling on paper, scanning your doodle, printing it out on an iron on sheet, ironing it on the project and then coloring in with fabric markers. It seemed needlessly complex. Why not just doodle directly on the project with fabric markers?
I was disappointed that doodling on abstract painting was only presented as an idea and not done out in detail. This is the techniques used to create the amazing cover of the book. I would like to try it, but I do not have enough information. Will any type of pen work over any type of paint? Do you put a fixative on it in between the paint and the pen? I suppose I could experiment, but canvas is significantly more than paper. I do not want to waste a bunch of canvas finding the right combination.
Even though I did not care for the projects, I felt there is still enough in the book I liked to make me happy with my purchace.
They're very approachable, with easy-to-follow instructions and -- for most -- plenty of room to practice right inside the book. The pages are even extra-sturdy to hold up to "wetter" media. A few projects will need to be done outside the book just due to their nature. There's a project that involves doodling on wood, one that is for textiles, etc. Obviously you can't do these inside the book!
The book is colorful, too, with lots of doodled examples to get your creative juices flowing. I did find it slightly awkward to work with, because the book is slightly "oversized" and it doesn't open flat.
Still, I would definitely recommend it -- just don't expect it to teach you HOW to doodle; if that's what you're looking for you'll want to get something else for that and then come BACK to this.