P#2 OI: Doodle Double

For my online intervention project, I was interested in exploring anonymously participatory, collaborative, and collective art. I decided to pursue one that includes performance, intervention, and general participation by doing a project about strangers’ doodles and re-imagining them into digital illustrations shared online. People doodle constantly as forms of expression, diversion, creativity, and more. Thinking of all the doodles sitting in between notebooks without much use other than temporary entertainment, I didn’t want them to be left incomplete, forgotten, and unappreciated; instead, I wanted them to be seen in a different light and enjoyed as works of art more than just passerby sketches. Furthermore, I thought I could add diversity to the pool of doodles obtained by including strangers in the mix.

Initially, I began by collecting some of my friends’ doodles and used them to create example illustrations and incentives for the public to view on the Instagram account @ADoodleDouble. Then, I proceeded to make a Google Form with instructions that allowed anonymous submissions of images to my Google Drive. I connected the URL of the form to a custom QR code that I could distribute through posters that I scattered over areas of the campus and random locations around Pittsburgh. It was quite difficult to estimate how many people the posters would reach, since public attention span is rather low and unauthorized posters are often taken down.

When I got a couple of submissions in the Google Forms folder, I began referencing the doodles and making illustrations out of them using Adobe Photoshop. I had to compile some of the minor doodles into one illustration and try to create some harmony in between the sketches; one example is Cactus, Tea, and Bees, where I combined three different doodles together in one illustration. Some of the doodles were drawn on a single page but separated from each other by space; I put bits of them together to see how they would fit into one context, which can be observed in Slimy Surprise, where the original doodle is shown with a vague sketch of a snake on the top edge and a cartoonish frog at the opposite bottom edge of the paper.

One of the most interesting aspects of the project was how doodles of such different styles and concepts can be somehow look unified under my own drawing style choice as I made the illustrations. Despite some of them appearing cute, sinister, or downright creepy, there existed a sense of both variety and harmony throughout all my illustrations. Furthermore, I had fun using different and sometimes unconventional color palettes when coloring in the lines; I felt like they added new flavors to the illustrations on top of the redrawing and stylization, and it reintroduced just how much impact color can have. Overall, the project helped me bring others’ doodles into a new light and further develop my own creativity, as well as giving some insight into other people’s minds and what they enjoy drawing.

Illustrations and referenced doodles can be seen at @ADoodleDouble.

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