ABSPD Module 1, Week 1

Module 1 of Designing your Way

a couple of exercises – one of which is to go around your environment and take photos of the shapes you can find – circles, squares, triangles etc.
After insomnia, builders and other tenants keeping me up all night I have now gone nocturnal so I didn’t get any sunlight today 🙁 I will be up all night now but it does mean that I’m not going out to take photos and my place is too tiny and messy to take photos ha! I have realised that my place needs more circles and wavy ‘stuff’ as I have lots of squares and rectangles – rows of my framed photographic work, inspiration photos, my sofa is fairly square angular shaped, so is my coffee table and my book shelf is made up of squares… lots of lines from the books.. actually I may have to take a photo of that 🙂

I thought I would go through some of my own photos as a lot of the time I take photographs of shapes that I like – I don’t actually care too much about the name of a building or place, nor it’s history or iconic status (lots of those in London), it’s actually the shape and form… textures and reflections that I like, so my photos contain lots of textures and forms.

I now however, feel like a dog that is obsessed with pebbles led out onto Brighton Beach (UK) which is just covered in pebbles… my brain is going to explode with so many patterns and shapes.. I want to doodle them all but obviously I can’t right now as I have several other deadlines and project to do … phew yet gargh!

(you can click the pic to go to my photography website)

shapes/lines and grids found in my walks.
shapes/lines and grids found in my walks.

I have an obsession with clouds, water, sprouty stuff (lol), curves and circles… think that about covers everything then rolls eyes

I will do the exercise of taking some Instagram pics (which I’ve just restarted doing – using Instagram that is) of my next walk but that could be tomorrow or the next day and I’m trying to stick to the course daily assignments… so just in case.

I will update this once I’ve completely some doodles – I have 3 different projects to doodle on tonight and do some actual freelance (paid) work so I will attempt to stop clicking on all the links/interviews/members blogs that I come across on the ABSPD and MATS Bootcamp Facebook pages… gargh… too much visual stimulation lol.


quick sketches
quick sketches


quick mock up of the pattern inspired by my photograph of the underside of the high overhead bridge at Kew Gardens
quick mock up of the pattern inspired by my photograph of the underside of the high overhead bridge at Kew Gardens
quick mock up of the sketch of my photograph of reeds in the river Thames (in Henley-on-Thames... but could be anywhere!)
quick mock up of the sketch of my photograph of reeds in the river Thames (in Henley-on-Thames… but could be anywhere!)


One of the exercises asks to sketch a flower or tree which makes me think of the recent ‘flowers’ I did for the Creative Bug course in which Lisa Congdon discusses her ‘doodles’ and gives some tips – it was rather relaxing course as when I played the video and live chat sessions I didn’t pay that much attention… I was too busy doodling lol.

image from the Lisa Congdon 'Doodle' Course on Creative Bug.
image from the Lisa Congdon ‘Doodle’ Course on Creative Bug.

I tend to think everything has to be perfect otherwise it doesn’t count, yet I would never think or say that to another persons mark making / drawing skills so maybe I need to stop being so harsh and enjoy the process – after all, if I keep doodling then I will improve whereas, doing nothing means I will never even start, let alone improve… I know it’s obvious but I’m trying to reprogram myself!

Here’s my doodles – I’ve always loved black pen outlines…


I started turning them into vectors but still have more to do –

Vector Geometric Stems mobile


On week two I did some triangular mountains 🙂


The following week Lisa had everyone draw on photos – I had some some prints that had come out too dark at the lab – a photo of trees mirrored onto itself and then turned on its side.. I kept seeing a creature in there.

I plan to try to vector/photoshop this into a better version as I rather like it!

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another doodle that I turned into a vector… not so keen on this one…

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but I did make this pattern afterwards which I do like…

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