Well October is over and the Halloween-themed birthday doodles are all done. Twenty in all and I am pleasantly satisfied with the outcome. The first doodle was technically drawn in September before I had decided on having a theme for the month, but it was a robot doodle and robots are perfect for any holiday.
Also, there were two doodles on October 28: the primary "for anybody whose birthday falls on this day" doodle and a special stand-alone doodle for my loving wife who asked me a month or so ago, "Am I going to get a special doodle on my birthday?"
Of course, that would be breaking the rules, but this challenge isn't about sticking to the rules, it's about drawing something fun for people on their birthday. So, she got a special Sausagey Charles Dickens doodle, because she is a voracious book reader and I love her.
I'm a rule breaker, baby. A bad boy. A tough guy. That's why she fell for me. (yeah, right.)
Boy, the last post in May had us at 66 doodles for posting on friends' Facebook pages. I've DOUBLED that over the summer, hitting 136 as of this week (#135 and #136 will be posted next week). It helped to have two vacation trips and a camping weekend during that time where I could spend hours doodling.
I've been having a lot of fun with some new designs, like experimenting with funny little robots and diving into a series of Victorian characters.
Also, this batch had me experimenting twice with a brush and even posting a birthday doodle on my own FB page -- in response to requests by FB friends -- which I did in pencil (#108). So far, it's the only one done straight up in pencil only, no ink.
Interestingly, I found myself dipping into my "weird" box more than once with really strange narratives or verging on creepy imagery. Hey, my friends get me.
Or, more accurately, rolling OFF (my pen). Still trying to be random, but have to admit when I post a doodle to someone's wall and FB shows me "upcoming birthdays", that little bit of knowledge sometimes influences what I draw next (like the farmer or sheriff Annie Banannie). This project has been such a mind-quieting exercise.
It's been almost exactly three months since my original blog post explanation about this and I'm already up to 66. Here are the 42 I did over the last 90 days.
Happy Birthday! or other written sentiment
or [Celebration emoticon]
or [Typical Birthday Gif]
or [Platform-provided Birthday Image with ribbons and confetti]
You've seen 'em, or used them. I like getting a "happy birthday" message on my birthday and I like handing them out on other people's birthday. It's a nice way to say I value you and I'm thinking of you. But, after years of socializing on social media, it feels a little rote.
When I have some down time I draw a birthday cartoon. If I have a chunk of time, I might draw two. Then I number them and scan them in. So far this year, I've done 24 and it has given me a renewed sense of gratification and delight, like handing out treats on Halloween.