How to Doodle a House

How to Doodle a House

I’ve always loved architecture. As my husband and I walk our dogs through the neighborhood we are always commenting on the houses we pass. Each style has its own charm and personality.

I used to be really “bad” at doodling. I never liked the doodles I would do in my notebook back in school or during a meeting. As I have gotten more into art, I have become better about really seeing an object. Art is all about breaking down any object into elements and shapes. A house or building can be represented through squares, rectangles, circles etc. Like anything else in life, the more time I’ve spent the better I’ve become.

For the month of October, many artists on Instagram do “Inktober,” a month long drawing challenge. I gave myself a challenge of drawing 31 houses. Now October isn’t quite over, but since I’ve drawn about 10 realistic houses I don’t think I’m quite making that goal. Instead I shifted focus and decided to come up with different ways to doodle houses. I ended up creating 50 different house doodles.

I’m adding that page of house doodles here in case you need some inspiration of your own!

Of course, even better than imitating the houses I’ve doodled is to draw your own. Every one of these houses is just a mix and match of different elements, those different shapes.

Here’s a quick guide to a few house elements:

House shapes can be short, long, tall, have sections in varying heights, or be turned sideways for a more 3D shape.

Roofs can be parallelograms, triangles, or outlined. They can have striped or wavy shingles. They could be left your background color or made a solid color.

Doors can be square, curved, or doubled.

Windows can be square, rectangular, curved, big, small, or even bay window style. The panes can be as few or many as you want.

Other extras to try adding include: garages, porches, or windows on your roof. One of my doodles even has a tiny plant by the front door!

The best part about doodles is they are supposed to be perfect! The not totally parallel lines and not quite proportional elements give your doodles their own quirky personality. So let go and just have fun.

If you make your own house doodles, I’d love to see them! Tag me on Instagram @mylifetimeofadventures. You can also go on Instagram to see the realistic houses I made this month.

Happy creating!

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