Wednesday, March 5, 2014


It's finally here!

So many of you have requested a contest so I couldn't refuse! It's time to focus all your cartooning energy into creating the best ever in the history of the universe lion drawing!

Here are the rules to get started:

1.) All drawings must be original work from your own creative mind
2.) All entries must be sent as a .jpg (picture) file to OR tagged with the hashtag #doodlekat1lioncontest
3.) All entries must include the artist's first name, age, and youtube or instagram username (optional)
4.) Lion sketches must be drawn in black marker or pen without color
5.) Drawings can be sent no later than March 21st, 2014

Pretty simple! Now here's the prizes:

  • The .jpg of the winning drawing will be featured on this blog announcing it's awesomeness
  • The .jpg of the winning drawing will be featured on the official Doodlekat1 instagram announcing it's awesomeness
  • An official Doodlekat1 Youtube tutorial will be created out of the winning drawing
  • The winner's first name and Youtube username will be given credit in the description and in the video
  • The winner will get to collaborate with me in choosing an animal for the next contest! (Oh yes, there will be more! :)

Alright, so now if your all set, you can go ahead and get started! If you're stuck however, here are a few quick tips that I use when coming up with a new character:

Exaggerate Features. Every animal has something unique about them that makes them cute, creepy, funny interesting, or unique! For example, an elephant has huge ears and a trunk that you rarely see on animals that size! Now for drawing an elephant, we can exaggerate these main features to bring all of the focus to them, making the drawing really recognizable as an elephant. 

One way you can do that is by making those features bigger than in real life (for example: googly eyes, huge teeth, etc.) However, if this doesn't work for every single animal, you can instead add details to these features instead. Maybe it's by drawing textures, making shine marks, filling in certain shapes, whatever works best! Whatever you do, make sure that you spend the most effort on what makes the animal unique! It'll make your cartoon unique as well! 

Break it Down Into Shapes. If you get stuck trying to draw the body in one single line, try breaking it down into basic shapes and drawing them overlapping and connecting to each other. For example, it'd be difficult to draw a cat's body outline all at once without lifting a pen. It's a lot easier to see that the legs are skinny rectangles, the body is an oval, the tail is a wiggly line, the face is a circle, the nose and ears are triangles, and the everything else is just simple lines to make details like claws and whiskers! Once you have it all mapped out, it'll be so much easier to just add the pieces on one by one. 

Draw in Pencil First. Especially when I'm inventing something new, I love to use pencil to erase what I don't like and keep what I do. It lets me make progress without having to start over all the time. If you're creating a lion, try sketching out a few ideas first, then make adjustments and swap out the details you don't like. Or combine two or more ideas to create one awesome idea! After you've got a drawing you're happy with you can grab a new sheet of paper and draw it again in marker. (This usually takes a few practice tries, don't get discouraged if you have do a few marker drawings to duplicate it well!)

Let me know how you plan on drawing your lion and if the drawing tips helped you or not! I'm so excited to see what you guys come up with. 


xo Doodlekat1 xo

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Instagram Daily Doodles

Hey guys!

I just wanted to fill you in on what I've been doing on Instagram recently. So far I've been posting pen and pencil sketches from my sketchbook of different things that you haven't already seen in the tutorials! Here are some examples: 

Sloth Pencil Sketch 
Waddles from Gravity Falls

In the future, I'll post these with the hashtag #dailydoodle. That way if you have a doodle you want me to see, I van search that tag and find it! 

So if you haven't seen my account yet, be sure to check out @doodlekat1official on Instagram! I'm still in the process of turning it into something cool, so this is your chance to suggest cool features I should include!

Thanks for your support! xo

Keep Doodling!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Upcoming Series!

Hey Guys!

I'm excited to fill you in on what I plan on doing next!  I know I've posted previous blogs about my brainstorming, and after some research and practice runs, I've decided it'd be best to add a new series of drawing videos to my channel. I've narrowed it down to what I think I can produce best, so now all I need is for you guys to tell me what you want to see!

To the left of this blog post you'll see a poll with all of the series options on it. Be sure to vote for whatever series appeals most to you, as it will then have a good chance of getting made for Doodlekat1!

To those of you who have already left me feedback through youtube comments, e-mails, instagram comments, and blog comments, I want to thank you all so much! I make my videos for my viewers interests only, so it's so neat to see that you find them useful and interesting enough to give your input!

And as always, if you've got a video request, be sure to leave a comment! Even if I start a series, I'll still post classic black & white tutorials frequently!

Thanks again & Keep Doodling!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

February New Videos!

Hi guys!

So far this February, I've been excited to share with you guys a ton of new videos! I've taken a lot of requests, which always makes me feel awesome to respond to your comments personally like that! (If you have a request, make sure leave a comment on my NEWEST Youtube video for the best chance of it getting seen!)

Also, the month is not over yet, and there's plenty more tutorials still on the line up! But before I get to that, here's a quick list of the videos that came out this month!

And here's a sneak peek for tomorrow's video...the title is: 

How to Draw a Cartoon Cupcake v2

So check back tomorrow at 12:00pm central time! It'll be live on my channel:)
Thanks again for watching and let me know which February video so far has been your favorite!

Keep doodling!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ipod Doodle & Requests!

Hey guys!

The new video for Thursday is a Cartoon Ipod, so if you haven't checked it out yet, here's the link :)

I've also got some news for you all...from now until Christmas any requests sent in (either through e-mail or comments on this blog post) will be made into a tutorial! (Of course, they have to be both draw-able and appropriate, which has been no problem in the past!)

I've been reading your Youtube comments as well, which I love to do and especially on the new videos, I've read every single one of them :). There's some awesome request ideas on there too so if you've commented recently, you're request is probably on the line up!

I'm excited for the next few weeks and all the new doodle ideas and I hope you are too!

Keep Doodling!


Uploaded Today! How to Draw a Cartoon Ipod

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Feedback Wanted!

Hey guys!

I'm super excited about what's about to happen next. Doodlekat1 is going to feature some new categories of videos sometime in the near future! There's also going to be so many new things on this blog, like contests, features, giveaways, and so much more. I can't wait to start. However, I want your feedback!

Here are my current ideas. Now you guys know yourselves better than I do so I'm hoping that you'll fill me in on what you want to see the most. You can shoot me an email at or leave a comment on this blog post!

1.) Character Drawings: tutorials featuring characters from TV shows and more
2.) People Cartoons: tutorials with a ton of different hairstyles, outfit ideas, and backgrounds for girls and guys
3.) Sketchbook: sketching that goes beyond sharpie...colored pencil, marker, and/or regular pencil tutorials
4.) Cartoon Books: tutorials on how to create characters, create backgrounds, and self publish your own comic book
5.) DIY Tutorials: my favorite crafts and drawing related projects shown with artistic videography :)

I do realize that there are plenty more options for an art channel, and I am totally open to suggestions. This channel is all about what YOU want to see so let me know, because the directions are endless! :)

Again, if you want to e-mail me with feedback for my channel my email is or otherwise you can leave just the number of the idea you like best (or any other comments) in the comments for this blog post!

I'm excited about this, and I hope you check back soon for Doodlekat1's new direction!

Keep Doodling,

Doodlekat1 :D

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

40 Thousand Subscribers :D

Wow, I could not be more excited right now. Recently, as I had just checked back today, the Doodlekat1 channel has reached past 40,000 subscribers! I cannot believe it. Seriously, it's so difficult to explain how something like this can mean so much to me.

I want to thank you ALL. I realize that Doodlekat1 is probably not a huge deal in your life, which is totally expected! But you guys check in for new videos, comment, request, and share my videos like I could never have asked for. It's truly incredible. I don't believe I deserve it whatsoever -- I just draw in front of a camera! But thanks to you guys this has turned into something. I can't thank you enough.

Now that I've got all that mushy stuff out of the way, I just want to update you on what's going on with my channel. For the next few weeks at least, you can expect videos every TUESDAY and THURSDAY! That's not saying that there won't be more in between then, but for now I just wanted to give you guys some days you could depend on, as many of you have asked for and patiently waited for.

Christmas is approaching so you can expect plenty more Christmas and winter themed doodles, but you can also expect plenty of other things as well! I've got some animals on the line up as well as something that's never been featured on doodlekat1 so I'm excited for that as well!

Here's a lineup preview in celebration of 40,000!

December 3rd (today!) : How to Draw a Cartoon Snowflake
December 5th: How to Draw a Cartoon Snowflake v2 (version 2)
December 7th: How to Draw a Cartoon Reindeer
December 10th: How to Draw a Cartoon Manatee

So as you can see, there's a variety already. I can't wait to check back and see what you guys think of the videos and what you want to see next from me for Christmas!

Thanks again so much! I'm so greatful for every single one of my amazing fans!