Toy design_Drawing and doodles

I haven’t doodled in a long time. I thought I was a pro when I was a pro in middle school.LOL. I really enjoyed the doodling in class. It was a great throw back! I found that the doodling was a bit more controlled than ” traditional” doodling. As I  went along,  the “rules” of this exercise became simple guidelines that helped keep some of the chaos controlled.

Drawing Exercises

Drawing in class was awesome. I’m not very good at it yet, and I feel like I was very slow (I didn’t manage to finish the hand exercise), but I still had fun and am excited to improve. I even went out to get a sketch book. Although I’ve never really drawn before, it’s something I’d be interested in doing more because it was extremely relaxing. When we drew the people using geometric shapes, I found myself getting really attached to them.

For some reason I can’t rotate images right now, but these are the two people I drew. I even gave them names. Humphrey and Bea.

The hand exercise was really difficult for me. I only managed to do half of it during the in class time, and I was really at a loss as to how the curve should be. I tried again after I bought my sketchbook, but I think it actually looks worse. I’m not sure if the actual lines are worse or if being in color made the other one look better

I also really enjoyed doing the balancing rocks. It felt more like a puzzle and problem solving than any of the other exercises, and that was very nice for me. It was also interesting experimenting with different ways to make the rocks more unique. From just adding a couple dots to curved lines in the middle, these small things made a big difference I think.

Fun drawing exercises ~ Mary Kate

Drawing experience and comments about class:

I used to have art classes in middle school, and since then, never really did anything related to drawing unless I was doodling (which I love doing). However, my art classes did not really teach the basic techniques of drawing, we usually went straight into trying to for example, draw a pencil or an eraser and add shadows, or copy a painting.

I found this session about lines and geometric shapes really inspiring, because I never realised I could make such stand out designs and cool patterns with just a pen and lines. Moreover, my friends looked at the patterns and exclaimed “wow”, and I thought, “wow, although I don’t draw, this is really simple and it looks pretty good for a beginner”. I really want to continue exploring how I can draw using very simple lines and shapes because looking at the videos of what people make, one can become really creative.

These are my first drawings made in class:

Here are a few more drawings that I was doing on my own while looking at the videos that Marcela shared with us. Also, I did the 3D hand pattern again with more careful lines and taking my time so that I could improve on the first drawing that I had made in class.

I definitely appreciated the class, and I hope to be able to use these simple drawing skills to create new things further in the course of the semester. It was a lot of fun 🙂

Cool Link that I follow on Instagram is Artist University. I really like what they post about making art.


My favorite part of this exercise was the boxes that we got to doodle in. The beginning patterns were great to start off, but I wish we had time in class to fill in the other boxes. I was not as comfortable with the exercise where we had to use the shapes to create things, but I still enjoyed it. The circle sketch was an exercise that I did many years ago where you start with a squiggly line across a box (or in this case, a circle). Then you take a pencil and follow the line but a little further down. Every once in a while, you go back and meet the original line. Then you start from the same side again, doing the same thing. The important part is that each time you return to the cut that you made in the line, you follow it all the way down. In my version, I didn’t fill it completely like I normally do, but I liked the way it looked filled in with black instead. I’ve done a lot of patterns and doodles before, and I usually do them when I’m bored or I feel like I don’t want to pay attention in class. I like pattern making because it offers some sort of easy regularity to follow, while still letting you be creative. Overall, I really enjoyed this exercise.

week 1 Sketching & Drawing

The following are my drawing practices for last week’s class. 

I started learning Traditional Chinese painting since I was five, and I quite after five years. I don’t really have much experience with sketch but I did practiced different kind of drawings when I am free. I really enjoy the painting experience that we had last week. We get to experience different drawing styles. I mean, if not for this course, I might never be able to know there’re so many interesting drawings out there, and therefore I’m so thankful and grateful for that. And yes, i am actually continuing doing all these during my free time these days. I find related practice mostly through Pinterest, and therefore there’s no particular link, but I just search for key words and practice the things that I found interesting.

W1 Exercise: Sketching and Drawing

In the first week of class, we worked on an exercise that encourages us to make decisions and really own up to that decision. The said exercise is the exercise of making an optical illusion by drawing straight lines that curve around the area where our hands are. For this exercise, I initially just drew as instructed. However, these lines reminded me of strings and so I figured, why not connected them and make it such that it looks like they’re actually part of one string?! And so I did just that and the result was pretty decent. I also added a little accent on top and below. I also added some nails by using the negative space.


The next exercise was drawing patterns on grids. For this exercise, I initially did all the patterns within the boundaries of the grids. However, I figured that they look nicer when I play with the boundaries by drawing past the boundaries and even make the patterns in one grid interact with other patterns in other grids.


The next part of the exercise is to draw a stone structure. In this exercise, we are to draw a balanced structure of rocks, which reminds me of inuksuk, a stone balancing art done by the Inuits.

When doing this exercise, I remembered that I have previously drawn stones in the previous exercise. I then decided to make the stones I have made previously “interact” with the ones in the balanced structure.


For the last exercise, we were to draw characters by using geometrical shapes of the ruler. I figured I could also make these characters interact with drawings from the previous exercise. I made one of the character holds onto the rope that I drew in the grids and another character showing a painful expression because he’s got his head hit by the stone of the balanced stone structure.


I guess one of the biggest lessons I learnt from this exercise (besides owning up the decision I make), is that there’s always room to add some playfulness to everything (or most things, I suppose). I played around with the objects in this exercise and especially in the last exercise, I think I’ve managed to add some playfulness with the character pulling the rope from the grid exercise and another character being hit by a rock. I think one of the thing that makes toy fun is its playful elements, something that screams “fun” even before we interact/engage with it. I hope I can keep on incorporating some playfulness into projects I’ll be working on this semester!