When I started writing my stories, I made it a habit to illustrate my writings with a doodle.
Don’t ask my why. It simply happened. It’s fun to do and I like the feeling of being able to capture the story’s energy through a drawing. I don’t have the ambition to be good at it. This is not my objective. I just want to play around. It’s as simple as that.
I also like to doodle, when I just need my thoughts flow freely. Café’s are a good place for this kind of activity, I find.
Do you doodle? Like for example, when you’re on the phone with someone and you scribble something obscure on a piece of paper.
If you don’t doodle, I so highly recommend to give it a go. Without wanting to achieve something with it. Just do it for the simple purpose of enjoyment. It is very soothing, I can tell you. And in the end, you don’t have to show it to anyone. Just free your mind with it; full stop.
The six doodles you can see here in this blog post are all connected in the sense, that in 2015, I was working for a hundred days on developing characters. Of course most of them ended up being quirky. I just can’t help it.
The doodle above depicts Fiona and her husband, sitting in a café. She dreams about being Meryl Streep in the film ‘Out of Africa’, having an affair with Robert Redford. Who know’s what her husband is thinking about. Probably nothing. And if that’s not true, it doesn’t matter, since this is about Fiona.
I was inspired by a couple I observed, that seemed so utterly disconnected. You can read Fiona’s story here.
It is called: Fiona’s fantasies about Robert Redford
In my second drawing you can see Detlef and his BMW, he is making shady business transactions with. Detlef’s secret weapon is his charm. That’s how he is cheating his way through life. And in a very successful manner.
This character is based on some true events, which happened in 2012 in my own life. A shady, but very charming men sold me his BMW, which as a result created havoc in my life.
My lesson was:
‘Maybe charm shouldn’t be so easily trusted.’
You can read Detlef’s story here.
The story’s title is: Detlef, the professional charmer
Henriette sits on the window silk and stares into the rain. She loses herself in it. Maybe for hours on end. She loves the rain and hates the sun, because it is pushy. The rain on the other hand is soothing. And this is what she needs right now, trying to get over a failed marriage with Henry.
She is still in love with Henry, but about to marry Carl.
You can find out more about Henriette here.
This is called: Henriette loves the rain
Stanley is depicted with a lampshade and a broken bulb, because this is exactly how he feels. He is burned out and contemplating suicide after having been made redundant.
The formerly successful Stanley has fallen into a deep depression, fearing he might end up like his dad, he always detested. Because he was a homeless loser.
You can read more about Stanley here.
Let’s call this: Stanley is having a break down
The teacher is shouting silence into his class, while Alexander is playing the joker for everyone else. He doesn’t fit into the system, since his mind is different to other people’s minds. His parents want to send him to a boarding school but Alexander decides to run off to aunt Betty.
Read more about Alexander fly-mind here.
Julie, an actress, is sitting in the suitcase café in Paris. I had to think of a friend I knew in Hamburg, when I developed this character. They kind of have a similar fate in some ways. Both have a history with mental illness and finding themselves in a psychiatry for a while.
When we meet Julie, she is traveling the world and one of the suitcases tells her to visit Cassablanca next.
Find out more about Julie here.
It’s called: ‘Julie and the talking suitcase’
God, when I look at these 6 character outlines, I fall in love with all these people again, as well as the doodles.
I wonder, whether I should go back and develop them further? There’s so much, which could be done. What do you think? Do you have favorite doodle or character? Let me know and leave a comment.