Today, I want to share with you 10 fun, crazy, and uncommon things I have drawn on. I have doodled on many different things due to requests, challenges, commissions, and boredom. Here are ten of them today, and I hope to share another ten in the future.

1. Rice

I took a Micron pen size 005 to two of the best looking grains of rice I could find, and my life has never been the same.

2. Concrete

My dad just had poured concrete in our backyard one day, and at night it was perfect to take a chopstick to for a doodle. The bits of concrete that surface as you dig into it is annoying. Great thing we had an air compressor to blast that all away as I carved into the concrete.

3. Magazine

The glossy page of a magazine is perfect for my favorite decocolor paint markers. I found a lot of great pages with plenty of white space, but this one of Audrey Hepburn really “jumped” at me.

4. Violin (Toy)

On a trip to the thrift store with my girlfriend, we stumbled upon this little treasure. It didn’t cost much so I bought it and took a decocolor paint marker to it. I ended up selling this piece to a great fan of my artwork in Canada.

5. Arm

I really like tattoos, but not the fact that they are permanent. So I love to use body art paint to give myself temporary tattoos that last about a week. I use Tribal Body Art Ink, and a very small and thin brush.

6. Egg

My dad told me to draw on an egg. So I did.

7. Lighter

I used a sharpie to doodle on this lighter someone left in my studio.

8. Peanut

I don’t remember what compelled me to take a micron pen to a peanut…maybe I am “nuts”.

9. Shoes

People have asked me if I’ve ever worn these shoes that I doodled on with sharpie before. I haven’t because the shoes aren’t in my size. I found them in the clearance bin at a sporting goods store, and couldn’t resist not getting them just to draw on.

10. Banana

I’ve gone “bananas”! I was inspired to draw on a banana when I saw another artist draw on bananas. I used black, red, green, and blue decocolor paint markers for this fruit doodle.

What fun, crazy, or uncommon thing would you suggest to draw on?

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Today, I bought some Micron pens for half the regular price. I love micron pens, and use them in my sketch book the most.
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But Micron pens cost around $3 each, and to me that’s a lot.
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So whenever Michaels has a 50% off 1 regular priced item, I go get a 6 pack. With the discount, each pen is around $1.50…half the regular price!
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I might not need new Micron pens at the moment, but since the 50% coupon doesn’t come out every week I have to take advantage and stock up. Eventually, I’ll need fresh Micron pens. And getting the pens for half price is awesome. You can do the same with any art supply you regularly use yo!
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If you don’t mind the tiny words printed on them, paint swatches at any home improvement store are great to draw on!
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I gravitate towards the lighter colored swatches, but I don’t discriminate by size. I grabbed some small ones, ones with rounded corners, even ones with square holes in them.
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Meow!

The Levels Of Flattery

March 23, 2012

Today, it just hit me that I’ve been receiving the highest level of flattery for weeks now. Followers of my artwork have been creating works they say are “inspired by Turtle Wayne”. I’m totally flattered, honored, and still a little stunned that others would pay me the highest compliment by mimicking and copying my drawings. I would like to share some of my favorites and also list how I break down the different levels of compliments.

The 4 Levels Of Flattery:
1. “This drawing is good.”
2. “This drawing is f-ing good.”
3. “How much is this drawing?”
4. “This drawing is inspired by you.”

I’ve sold a few drawings, and it feels good. But these works of art that are “inspired by Turtle Wayne”…well they make me feel f-ing good.
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By Turtle Astri
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By Turtle Michelle
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By Turtle Nia
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By Turtle Esh

Doodle Rice Rice Baby

March 20, 2012

Today, I drew on grains of rice. The challenge is not just in the tiny size to draw on, but also in getting over the fact that one might be wasting their time drawing on rice.

I was interested in the challenge ever since someone suggested I draw on rice after they saw me draw on a peanut.

Well, I hand picked some lucky grains of rice, placed them on some tape, and doodled on them with a micron pen nib size 005. Here are my doodle rice:

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And here is my doodle peanut:

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How small can you draw?

This past week, I reached 1000 followers on Instagram! Which was one of my silly personal goals I set for myself this year.
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Here are my 3 Turtle Tips To Grow Your Instagram Following:

1. Like, Comment, and Follow the people that use the same #tags as you do. My favorite tag is #doodle and have met lots of dope doodlers from exploring the #doodle folder. Doing this can take some time, but if you enjoy your tag you tagged your photo with…it’s fun and you’ll find good people to follow and follow you.
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2. Create A Contest. Have a good prize or prizes related to what you post, and your current followers will help you spread your photos. Which in turn gets you more followers and people to follow.
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3. Go, Flow, Soul, and Grow (you can interpret this however you want…haha)
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Having turtle followers that like, comment, and share my art is awesome. The positivity of all the people for my art has kept me going and drawing. Thanks!

What do you do to get more followers?

Facts About Turtle Wayne

March 15, 2012

Today, I’m going to do this “5 Facts about me” tag game on Instagram. Turtle Joshua (@imapirate) tagged me the other day, and that got me thinking about some of my facts. So here is my brainstorm list:
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Facts About Turtle Wayne:
– Uses left hand to hold pen and chopsticks
– Uses right hand to wipe butt and shake hands
– Been hospitalized for alcohol poisoning…twice
– Has 2 girlfriends…1 is real
– Has a B.A. in Art and a M.A. in Multimedia, but no job
– Listens to Eckhart Tolle when he can’t sleep…http://www.eckharttolletv.com
– Can freestyle rap/rhyme…in the car…by himself.
– Sprinkles french fries in his ketchup
– Addicted to Naruto Manga…http://www.mangareader.net/93/naruto.html
– Loves to draw/doodle
– Loves turtles
– Loves you

What is one fact about you?

I almost always have a pen with me. And often enough it’s a Turtle Wayne permanent marker…which is just my logo printed onto a blank sharpie. I got them made by Branders.com because I figured since I would use sharpies my whole life…they might as well be Turtle Wayne ones.

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Being an artist, having my own pen is cool. It’s even cooler when the richest living artist of our time, Dave Choe, signs the pen.

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But having your own pen is not always good. Last month I was at a house party, and a guy asked if anyone had a pen on them. My Turtle Wayne pen flew out of my pocket thinking it was volunteering to name a beer cup. But no…poor Turtle Wayne pen number 13 was used to do this:

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Not only do I have to throw away the contaminated pen, but now when the victim…let’s call him “Fun Hole”…eventually sees photos of his body and face getting defaced…he might wonder…who is Turtle Wayne? And why did this Turtle Wayne let this happen to me!?

Fun Hole…if you happen to see that a Turtle Wayne pen was used on you at the party…and you googled “Turtle Wayne”…and you found my site and this blog…and reading this. Well, sorry man…I didn’t know…and when I did…um…I was outnumbered…and um…I was laughing too hard. Please don’t kill me.

FREE Stuff To Draw On

March 10, 2012

Today, I ran out of good paper (Strathmore’s linen canvas). Fortunately, the art gods smile upon me and so do the nice people at freepeople.com. Ever since I bought something from them online two Christmases ago…they send me their catalogs about every other month.

The Top 5 reasons why I like to draw in Free People catalogs:
1. The pages have plenty of white space
2. The paper is semi-glossy (pairs excellently with decocolor paint markers)
3. The text is kept to a minimum
4. The models are purdy
5. It’s FREE

Here are some of my Free People catalog doodles:

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What FREE stuff do you draw on?

Fruit Doodle

March 8, 2012

Recently, I came across the drawings of Stephan Brushe (@isteef) on Instagram. Brushe likes to draw bunnies, gnomes, skulls, and trees. And he sometimes draws on BANANAS!

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I like the idea of drawing on bananas so I drew on one too with my decocolor paint markers.

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The surface of the banana is so easy to doodle on with paint markers. Brushe tells me he eats his painted bananas, but I decided not to eat mine…haha.

What fruit should I try to doodle on next?