On the desk I have two monitors and a Wacom Intuos tablet that I can use to doodle with. However, my preferred doodling device is a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet (pictured above).
On the Samsung tablet you can see the stylus is very thin, but I actually don't mind it. It's something you get used to. In the photo you have probably noticed something unusual. Yes, it's a cotton glove with the thumb and four fingers cut off. The only finger left intact is the little pinky finger. This is of course done on purpose. I wear the glove while doodling and having the pinky finger of the glove intact prevents my hand from getting in the way of my doodling. 🙂 It also allows my hand to glide over the surface of the tablet far more easily. Highly recommended. 🙂
Working with the Wacom tablet is a little bit awkward because I need to look at the computer screen while doodling and I just find it very difficult to work with (it's a disjointed experience). The Samsung tablet allows me to look at my hand and the screen while I'm doodling (just like doodling on paper). This is much easier, and the fact that it's portable is a bonus. 🙂 In fact, all the doodles you see on the IQ Doodle blog where created using the Samsung tablet. But the videos... well I use the Wacom tablet to doodle in the videos, and as you can probably see it's quite an awkward experience. 🙁 Oh, and I use Camtasia Studio to capture my doodles on video.
On the right hand monitor you will see some doodles created using ArtRage. I highly recommend this software. I've used a variety of software applications on the PC, and ArtRage is by far my favorite.
When I was first experimenting with doodling I launched the Visual Thinking Magic website. To create the doodles you see on the site I used DeviantArt Muro online drawing software. It's free and I highly recommend it. It's packed with features and it's very easy to use. Head over there now, try it out, and let me know how you find it.
And if you're after a very simple doodling tool, then I would highly recommend Simple Diagrams (thanks Gilles). It's certainly not packed with ample features, but for simple doodling it's ideal. It's also not too expensive to purchase. They do however offer a free trial. Check it out, and let me know how you go.
On the Samsung Tablet I use Sketchbook Pro to create all the doodles for this course. I've found Sketchbook Pro the most well rounded app for creating doodles. Although it's certainly not without its flaws, but it's well worth looking into. I believe it's available on all major mobile platforms including Android, Apple and Windows.
Of course, below the table is a convenient resting place for a fury four legged family member. 🙂
On the other side of the study I have a whiteboard. Within this photo you will see an example of my early doodling attempts when I was first getting started with doodling. As you can see, my doodles are very raw and rough along the edges. But you can probably tell what they represent. And that's really all that matters. 🙂 I will of course provide you more examples of my early explorations with doodling in future lessons.
Here are four other recommendations:
- Mischief: I love the endless canvas feature and zoom.
- Krita: I haven't personally used it to a great extent, but I've heard good things.
- Livebrush: Has very customizable brushes that give you plenty of flexibility.
- SmoothDraw: Free doodling app. Recommended by a doodler.
For those who prefer the old fashioned doodling method (the Da Vinci approach to doodling), I would recommend getting yourself a Moleskine and some fine line pens. Visit the Moleskin website for more information. But of course if you're worried about either losing your creations or your dog eating them, then you can always backup your doodles for safe keeping using Evernote.
I hope that this quick look at my home office/lair and the technology behind the doodles has provided you with a little inspiration to help you get started on the right track with the How to Doodle 40 Day Course. 🙂