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Doodling With Fountain Pens: Organic Pattern

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The next pattern in my Doodling With Fountain Pens series is one that I feel comes out different every time I draw it. It’s not difficult to draw, but I think it is tricky to make look good, so don’t get frustrated if your first few attempts don’t turn out the way you want. I don’t really know what to call this pattern, but it has a very organic feel to it, so I’m calling it Organic. If you’re ready, grab a pen and some paper and let’s get started!

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If you’re feeling fancy, use multiple colors for this pattern

Thoughts On This Pattern

Looking back through my saved inspiration posts, I think patterns like this were popular for a while (and maybe still are). The two oldest inspiration posts I have for a pattern like this are from c.beeatrix and angelsu1004.

I mentioned that it’s easy to do, but hard to make look good. I don’t know why this is. Maybe I just haven’t studied it enough to figure out how it works? Hopefully this post will give me a chance to examine it a bit more closely and we can all be happy with our versions of it.

How It’s Done

If you look at different examples of this pattern, there are really no straight lines, so you’ll need to be comfortable drawing flowing, curved lines. If you’re not, definitely give it some practice. Try to get from Point A to Point B without drawing a straight line, but don’t make it too complicated. The goal is just to get comfortable drawing swooping lines with nice flow to them.

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You might want to practice drawing your lines before trying this pattern

Basic Lines

There are a few basic combinations of lines in this pattern. Sometimes you’ll start at Point A and draw curving lines down to Point B, gradually creating an extending line away from Point A but always ending at Point B.

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You can use many lines to connect two points

Other times you’ll draw lines that are coming off of another line that all converge to a single point.

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You can also have lines with different sources connect to the same point

The amount of curve you add to each line that you draw does not need to be consistent. In fact, line variation is what makes this pattern feel organic.

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Varying the shape of your lines makes this doodle feel more organic

Getting Started

Once you’re comfortable drawing your lines, you can get started with this pattern. To start, I like to draw one big swooping line across the center of my page.

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Start with a single line

From this line, you can do one of three things. You can do either of the two patterns that were explained above, or you can draw another main line branching off of this first line in a different direction. I’m going to start with this option.

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I’m adding a branch to the starting line

Now I’ll go ahead and do one of the first patterns, specifically drawing lines from Point A to Point B. I find it’s easier for me to rotate my page so that I’m always drawing lines in the same direction. If you’re the same way, don’t be afraid to move your paper around as you doodle.

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Now I’ve drawn some lines to start the pattern

Continue drawing variations of these previous patterns until your doodle starts to take shape. I feel like this is where it gets a little complicated for me. I never know exactly what to do or where to do it, so I just keep drawing lines until eventually it starts to look the way I want it to look.

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More lines

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And more lines

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Even more lines

If you want to give your doodle a bit of depth or dimension, you can darken some of the lines that “overlap” parts of the pattern. I like like the way this looks.

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Here I darkened some of the lines to give the pattern depth

You can also find some “holes” in the pattern and fill them in as well.

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I also filled in some of the holes

Keep this up, adding new branches as necessary, until your pattern spreads out and looks the way you want it to look.

I wanted to wrap this doodle up, but didn’t like the big pointy bit on the bottom left, so I rounded it out, filled it in, and made it into a “hole”. Don’t be afraid to do things like this to solve problem spots.

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To finish the doodle, I rounded out the point on the lower-left side.

Wrapping Up

As I mentioned, this pattern is not difficult to do, but I feel that it is difficult to do well. How did you feel doing it? I personally enjoy it but am not as confident as I’d like to be. Still, when it comes together it’s a great feeling.

If you decide to keep trying this pattern, experiment with a variety of inks and nib sizes. I really like how shading inks work with this pattern. It’s also one of the few doodle patterns where a broad nib can work well.

Here are a few more examples of this pattern that I’ve done. Don’t be afraid to experiment with it and try new things. Most of all, be sure to have fun!

Comments 7

  1. John, you bring us more choice at such a rate that I can’t keep up. I’m ashamed to say that I’m still struggling to make your first doodling post look good. I’m not suggesting you stop – other people may be quicker to achieve good results.
    Would you like to publish a book via Amazon on the subject? The paper and print are very good quality. I’ve published two books of poetry that way, and am pleased with the result.
    Poetry, songwriting and being a father robs me of precious time to doodle. I’ll keep plodding on, but at a slow rate.
    I was one of those many people who nagged you to explain how to doodle, and now I feel silly because I’m so far behind. Thanks for your efforts.

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      As long as you keep trying and are having fun with it, Noel, that’s all that really matters. I don’t know about a book. I want to do some videos before anything else, and getting those done is questionable.

  2. True appreciation for things such as these, shouldn’t it be shared with the universe at large? Although making internet videos is far too time consuming, 20 minutes every other day will produce one heck of a video after a few months. Your content is a gift, but for whom? We must remember that we are beholden to no one. Therefore, at the end of the day, that content which you produce is for you and you alone. It’s an honor to have an audience who listens to us, and even more so if they happen to seek you out because they appreciate your efforts. Catering to other’s desires… that is a sure fire way to crash and burn. brown nosing will not bring us success. However, it would be foolish not to listen to their feedback (More close up macro shots. Writing samples when discussing ink or fountain pens alike.). It’s obvious you want others to experience the joy these writing instruments bring you. Yes, only true real love could have produced a guide to all for making patterns such as these. I hope, for all our sake, that this work of yours continues to brings you happiness and that you’re kind enough to share it with us, your audience. Your humble demeanor, your joy in helping others see how wonderful it can be, and your earnest efforts will surely make you amongst the greatest to bless the internet with their mind. Sir, you’ve made great video content before. Please consider making more fountain pen, and “how to pattern,” videos. Thank you for all the Genuine Fountain Pen Love!

  3. Thank you so much for these patterns. I’ve really been enjoying your lessons and taking them and making them my own.

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  4. I tried this one and it looked way different than your example, but it was fun and I got to use my favorite ink of the moment… Robert Oster, ‘Honey Bee’… Thanks!!

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