Custom Doodle TOMS Shoes

April 12, 2012

Today, I shipped some custom doodle TOMS to Turtle Pam. Turtle Pam commissioned me to doodle on some TOMS shoes, and although I was familiar with the brand…I never doodled on them before.

Here was how my creative process went:

1. Doodle -Black Extra Fine Point Decocolor Paint Marker
2. Sew tag – Thanks to Vianca for sewing Turtle Wayne label onto the shoe
3. Spray coat -Krylon’s Low Odor Clear Finish
4. Photo – iPhone 4S camera
5. Video -imovie app and YouTube

If you are interested in commissioning me to doodle a pair of shoes for you or anything else…email and we can talk about it. Peace!


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?

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:


And here is my doodle peanut:


How small can you draw?

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 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:




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!


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

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?

This past Sunday, I got to draw on Laurie’s bike. This was the first time I drew on a bike and was excited to doodle it up.
Here are the 3 easy steps I took to draw on a bike:
1. Wipe clean the area of the bike and remove the tires if possible.
2. Use decocolor fine tip and broad tip paint markers to draw on bike laid on ground.
3. Spray the painted area of bike with krylon low odor clear finish outdoors.
Laurie’s bike now matches her car.20120305-234933.jpg
I couldn’t resist posing with the bike too. Peace from the East…Bay!
I bought my parents and myself hamburgers afterwards. Thanks Laurie!

Kina Grannis x Turtle Wayne

February 20, 2011

I think what I just made is called “fan art”…dang I should of drew in some fans. If you scroll down you can see in reverse my steps that led to the drawing/doodle of the lovely musician Kina Grannis.

Two more pieces

December 3, 2010

One of the curators asked if I could make two more pieces for the show.  Every artist in the group show gets about two walls worth of space. So I haven’t left the house in a while and just been drawing.


December 1, 2010

I found this book…or maybe this book found me…ART/WORK. I found it insightful and refer to it a lot while I’m trying to get my art game up. The book pulls it’s information and stories from a lot of curators, dealers, and artists…and has a lot of examples of documents an artists has to deal with.

The book is littered with cartoons by Kammy Roulner…which I enjoyed.


Doodling Digitally

November 30, 2010

I finally got to doodle/draw digitally today. I used some black and white photos of some famous people to help jump start my digital doodles.

Snoop Doggy Dog:

Scarlett Johansson:

I wasn’t sure if it was cool to use photos of famous people so I did some research and this pretty much sums it up:

Famous people generally have a right to sue for commercial uses of their celebrity, such as unauthorized advertisements or endorsements. But when a celebrity’s name or image is used in the context of a noncommercial, creative work, such expression is protected by the First Amendment.

If you want to learn more…this link is good.

These digital doodles featuring famous people are a creative work and noncommercial.  Peace!