GUEST DOODLEWASH: Animal Fun

Doodlewash by Kathrin Werner

I am Kathrin Werner from Stuttgart, Germany (follow me on my WordPress blog and on Flickr!). I have always enjoyed drawing, but in the last years I am getting more and more addicted to it. I am interested in animals – imaginary and real ones. I use different kind of media (colored pencils, acrylics, oil pastels), but also watercolors, which I love but still sometimes find hard to master.

In autumn of 2014, I did a challenge to draw a bird daily for 101 days (together with Jill Kuhn and Corinne Bekker, both of them have had guest doodlewashes here as well). That was a wonderful and inspiring experience with the two of them. Obviously, I learned a lot about birds anatomy and different media, but also a lot about just creating on a regular basis.

Doodlewash by Kathrin WernerIn 2015, I decided to draw another series of birds just using a drawing pen – a tool I felt I could not handle so far – and watercolors. The first few were stiff and horrible, but I started to like the ink pen. Suddenly some fun birds with hats and shoes appeared and the birds started doing strange things. I discovered that I really like to draw fun stuff like the mice juggling on a giraffe’s head.

Doodlewash by Kathrin WernerI also started writing some words with it. Last summer I thought of doing some drawings “with birds and reptiles”. “Evolution” was the first one. Out of these drawings a story about an open minded crocodile named Benni was evolving in loose episodes– this time with colored pencils.

Doodlewash by Kathrin WernerI really enjoy it if I get an idea for something funny and can bring it onto paper. It often works for me to just start scribbling some birds, creatures or even objects and suddenly something emerges to work with. Also just making colored marks on the paper and see if I can discover something is a great technique (learned in a online class by Carla Sonheim).

And my kids are a source of inspiration, too. Sometimes I have no ideas at all, but I have learned to write or sketch good ideas down as soon as possible. So I have something to rely on to get over those periods. I always have a sketchbook with me to draw from life when there is some time and I decided to draw something every day in 2016.

Doodlewash by Kathrin WernerI could not have predicted a few years ago the way which my drawings (and paintings) evolved and it wasn’t my intention to draw the fun stuff, I just realized I had fun doing it. So it feels sometimes of being on an adventurous creative journey where I don’t really know what comes next – so that is pretty much exciting for myself.

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37 Comments
  1. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    The giraffe with the performing mice painting is awesome! Kathrin is so dedicated to do these daily challenges (I usually fall off the wagon half way through…LOL!). Those are super fun bird stories sketches!

    • kathiwerner 2 years ago

      Thank you so much Teresa. Glad you like the bird story sketches. I would say keep going and even if you fall off at some time you have done something.

    • Author

      Aren’t these wonderful?! Yeah…daily challenges are rough! Hehe … so glad you liked Kathrin’s work, Teresa!! 💕😃

  2. Jessica 2 years ago

    These are so wonderful Kathrin. They are so fun and they make me smile!

  3. Susan Feniak 2 years ago

    Wonderfully imaginative! Your giraffe is adorable Kathrin. Thank you for sharing Kathrin’s work Charlie!

    • kathiwerner 2 years ago

      Thank you Susan, myself I think the giraffe is the best drawing I have been doing recently.

    • Author

      The giraffe is my favorite!!! So happy you liked these as well Susan!! 😃

  4. jonathangragg 2 years ago

    Keep inspiring!

  5. Damita M-S 2 years ago

    I love the bird with the umbrella. Great work. Thanks for sharing.

  6. jotsfromasmallapt 2 years ago

    Fanciful and delightful!!!!!

  7. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Your drawings are are delightful Kathrin. I love the whimsy. Thank you Charlie.

  8. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Lovely and light hearted…a real joy to see. The journey and devotion to daily drawing is quite inspirational and encouraging. Thank you for sharing such happy artwork.

    • kathiwerner 2 years ago

      Thank you! It is inspiring for myself to do it daily and sometimes just to put some ink to paper without knowing what to will come out.

    • Author

      So pleased Kathrin’s art made you smile, Haunani!! 😃Thanks!

  9. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Fun! (K)

  10. anna warren portfolio 2 years ago

    Wonderful whimsy!

  11. kathiwerner 2 years ago

    Thank you, Charlie, for giving me the opportunity to share my work! I did enjoy it very much!

  12. Sand Salt Moon 2 years ago

    What a great imagination! xo

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