Laurel wreaths are (one of) my recent doodling obsessions. Although I’m working my way through Umoto’s Drawing Cute Animal Illustration Book, I keep coming back to laurels in my sketchnotes and on the scrap pages in my notebook that I doodle on when a speaker is reviewing, answering questions, or telling stories.

In my sketchnotes I freehand laurels to fit in the space allotted, but when I’m brainstorming new laurels, like these pages, I generally start by penciling in 6 or 8 evenly spaced, equally sized circles very lightly on my page, then using the lower half of the circle to guide placement and spacing for my laurel wreaths. The pencil marks are easily erased completely after the inked laurels are dry.

Laurels work great in sketchnotes to frame quotes and are also one of my favorite ways to address an envelope.


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