Google Doodlin’: Iconic Toronto.

For the past few years, I’ve kept a watchful eye over the little jewels called Google Doodles. The team behind their creation is obviously teeming with bright creators who are able to see a single subject from magical viewpoints (#goals).

These Google artists are quiet heroes. So, as an homage (and learning experience), I am going to attempt a series of Google Doodles over the upcoming months. Here is my first attempt: One I call ‘Iconic Toronto’. In order, here’s what it represents: 1. Honest Ed’s classic signage; 2. CBC Toronto (forever filming in the city for decades); 3. Sam the Record Man (Yay, I got to reuse a previously-drawn image!); 4. Toronto’s city streets; and 5. A mashup of the Blue Jays and the Maples Leafs (the city loves its sports!).

As a noob illustrator, I can tell you this took me 4 hours or more. Much of this was precision work, imagination time, and probably because I don’t know some of the major tricks or shortcuts that seasoned illustrators would. Then, there is having to pause and learn how to draw specific objects (like the tiny bike on the ‘g’; I’d never drawn a bike before and you wouldn’t know it but it is a highly detailed little bike!). Lastly: I’m doing this mostly by hand, which while it is a zen activity, is long-winded.

I encourage you blossoming art folks to challenge yourself with the Google Doodle exercise. This is by no means perfect, but I’m pretty proud of it. Thanks for the inspiration, Google Doodlers!

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