1,001 Holiday Doodles


Last year, early in the morning on Thanksgiving, I awoke with a brainstorm. I decided to draw 1,000 holiday doodles and make a fun, seasonal newspaper page out of it.

I figured it out mathematically while I lay in bed… 25 drawings (5×5 grid) on a sheet of 9X12″ paper. 40 sheets of paper (5X8 grid). The doodles would be tiny, but still recognizable…

What about the deadline? If the editors at the paper liked the idea, I’d have just enough time to complete the project if I began on Dec. 1st and if I finished 2 sheets (50 doodles) a day for 20 days.

The other part of the plan was to sell each original sheet of 25 doodles for $10 ($400 total) and raise some money for the Joy Fund, which benefits underprivileged children during the holidays.

I got everything set up for my marathon at the dining room table. I planned on spending an hour each morning to complete the 50 drawings, using brush and ink, without preliminary sketches. That’s about one minute per freehand doodle.

That first morning, I picked up the brush, dipped it in the ink, stared at the paper… my mind a complete BLANK! Then I realized that everything on Earth was fair game – toys, food, music, movies – and the ideas began to flow.