“Practice definitely makes you better”
Tell us a bit about yourself. How did your journey as a doodling artist start?
Hi! I’m Yeshaswini a.k.a Doodlewini, a typical Gemini, huge foodie, an architect by profession, chocoholic, weakness for kolhapuri chappals, desi patterns and hoarder of glass jars!
Well, as far as I can remember, my doodling journey literally began the day I could hold a pencil/pen steady (also when I took the drawing room literally to be one!)
That’s the oldest doodle picture I have, when my dad was trying to teach me how to draw a joker with basic geometric shapes ( and I’m still flabbergasted that my parents allowed me to doodle on the walls! ) and that, was the beginning of my doodling journey.
How would you describe Doodling as an art? Is there any specific technique you follow?
Everybody doodles and each one has their own style. Doodling doesn’t have any specific technique or methods, you just doodle! Just go with the flow of your hand and eventually develop your own style.
My style still revolves around following the basic geometry, line doodles and filling it with colours ( water colour pencils are my favourite! )
Have you undertaken any formal training for your artwork and from where?
Apart from a basic few weeks of drawing classes during a summer camp and a semester of visual design during architecture, I don’t have any formal training in artwork.
Which has been your most memorable piece of art that you have created? Can you give us a brief description about it and the tools that you used for the same?
Each doodle is very dear to me, each story is a new challenge and helps me develop my skills. My most favourite ones are the ones which I made for my parents anniversary recently and my obsession of kolhapuri chappals!
The base doodle was created on paper using micro pen and water colours ( for the parents doodle) and colour pencils ( for the kolhapuri doodle). The finishing touches were added using photoshop.
What are the challenges that you face while working on such projects?
Each doodle provides a new challenge. I doodle everyday on goings in our life, little accidents and funny things which happen with me and the husband, love stories, recipes, friendships, little memories etc. I try to capture little moments in basic doodles.
Creating a pregnancy memory was one of the newest challenges as I have no clue about what goes on during those 9 months and I definitely did try to capture the little snippets of what the parents-to-be went through.
What is your usual workflow pattern?
If an idea pops up, I just doodle it before I lose the idea! That’s it.
There are days when my head is filled with various ideas for doodles and somedays, I just stare blankly at the sketch book.
If I’m working on a client’s story, I try to gather as much information as possible from them and try to add that personal touch and help preserve memories.
This was done for a group of best friends who are completing almost 16 years of friendship.
What are the tools/software that you use regularly as a part of your work?
Most of the time, it’s an A5 sized sketch book or paper, pencils, water colour pencils, micro pens of various thickness nibs, watercolours and wax crayons!
Apart from that I use Powerpoint, Photoshop and Illustrator.
What do you wish to achieve in the future as a doodle artist?
Maybe a memoir book of all my doodles.
Any tips for the aspiring artists?
Just keep going. Practice definitely makes you better. Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly.