In the year 2000 I worked as a portrait and caricature artist. While waiting for customers I doodled this “2000” series of doodles. Using a technical pen and the same paper for caricatures I drew near two hundred. Sizes ranging three to five inches. The easy flow of the pen on the smooth paper I used engaged my imagination as the pen made its mark. With no preconceived notion of a subject until that first mark, I followed my imagination, reoccurring motifs and occasional inspiration. Each was doodle was drawn in a single session with no editing. Many are “face” based, many are in an imaginary landscape or place, some floral, some figural and some…who knows. Many play with perspective and place. I hope you enjoy looking at them.
Give it a Title or Not
I felt, and still feel, the Doodles should not be titled. Part of my “Doodle Paradigm” was to steer away from drawing anything too representational. I wanted to keep the viewer guessing as to what they saw when looking at the Doodle. I felt titling them would influence what they saw, defeating my idea that the pieces were for the viewer to figure out. Case and point: “What ever you do, don’t think of a ‘red banana'”. Are you thinking of a “red banana” now?
Experiment: You Give the Doodle a Title
I am provisionally titling the Doodles with “Roland_Cruse_Fine_Artist_Doodle_2000_n” where “n” will be a sequential number for uniqueness.
Via the page where the Doodle is displayed please submit your title. I have no idea how or where this experiment will end up.
Confession. Because of the large number of Doodles, there will be over a hundred in time, I have grouped them with descriptive names for viewing convenience via the pager. The top of this page. Please don’t let that influence you on your title name. :-)