Cartooning for Kids: How to Draw the Big Bad Wolf

This week’s quote is a simple and powerful Chinese saying:

“A journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step”.

This week’s doodle was requested by our friend and Master Doodler Maximo on our Facebook page. He requested the Big Bad Wolf. I don’t like drawing characters developed by other artists, however, since the Big Bad Wolf has been interpreted by many artists in the past, I decided to do my own version: Think Doodle Do style! As before the doodle is broken down into simple shapes using construction lines. This should be an easy enough method for children that want to learn how to draw cartoons.

The Thousand Mile Journey

A journey of 1,000 miles is a long journey indeed! Yes it is!

Imagine a world before planes, cars or trains … in addition to that, imagine you don’t have a horse or even a burro! Not even a burro! The only way to make your journey is by foot. A thousand mile journey not only sounds like a lot of work, but also sounds like it will be difficult and maybe even scary. I mean, there will be challenges along those thousand miles and things that you may encounter that you simply don’t know about … and most people are afraid of what they don’t know.

But the quote says that in order to get there, we simply need to begin by taking a single step. A single step is something that is easy to do and simple to understand. And only through taking a series of single steps, will you be able to reach your destination. Wow! So powerful!

One of the reasons why I love this saying so much is because it tells us exactly what we need to do in order to reach our goals: We need to plan ahead and take action.

To start a journey we need to know where are we going and how to get there: that is planning. Breaking the journey into small steps is also part of planning; but it says that we need to take that first step: that means to take action!

People think the name Think Doodle Do began as a play on words of “Cock-a-Doodle-Do” because it included the word “Doodle” in the middle. That is partially true, but it isn’t the main reason, Think Doodle Do actually includes all 3 aspects required to achieve our goals:
Think: Relates to planning
Doodle: Represents practice, experimenting and learning
Do: The most important of all, since in order to achieve our goals we need to take action.

So many people in the world have dreams and aspirations and only a small percentage of them actually make plans to achieve those dreams. Some of them once they have their plans —which are in essence a thousand mile journey— are too afraid or overwhelmed to move forward. Those who have the courage to take the first step are the only ones who have a chance of actually achieving their goals. Even for those who don’t make their dreams a reality, their futures are still bright because of all the things they would have learned along the journey. Like we discussed on week 2, “even if you miss the moon, you’ll land among the stars” … You have to take action and take your first step if you ever wish to achieve your goals. Dreaming, thinking and planning won’t be enough.


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Note to Parents:

I hope you take a few moments to watch these videos with your kids. As a volunteer soccer coach for many years, I’ve seen how positive words can generate amazing results. The positive quotes I share are meant to spark a dialog between you and your kids. Take this opportunity to enhance the values I teach with your own personal experiences and point of view. Have fun with the doodles and encourage your kids to practice. Doodling increases creativity, moreover is a skill that they can build up and improve. I started doodling as a kid, and it propelled me into my career as a graphic and web designer, and now … Think Doodle Do. Who knows what our children’s future might bring, but learning a new positive skill is never a bad thing.

Don’t forget to visit our store to see the doodles that I teach on the videos as designs for t-shirts, wall art and more.

Cartooning for Kids: How to Doodle a Floating Cat Cartoon

Welcome back! Another Friday, another doodle 🙂 This week’s quote comes to us courtesy of Benjamin Franklin:

“Energy and persistence
conquer all things”
—Benjamin Franklin

What a powerful quote! … And oh, so important! Watch the video for the breakdown of these great words from one of the wisest people in history.

For this week’s doodle, I chose to do the silliest cartoon yet on Think Doodle Do: Miu-Miu the cat floating around. Watch the video to learn how to break down the cat’s face and body, so you can easily draw it on your own. I don’t know why I chose to have Miu-Miu floating, but I think he looks funny that way. If you want share with me your ideas as to why would a cat be floating? Is he a levitating cat? Perhaps he ate helium-infused tuna fish? Share your ideas with me either on YouTube, Facebook.

This week’s video looks a bit different, as most of it was recorded in a hotel room in Seattle. Next week’s video should go back to normal 🙂


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Note to Parents:

I hope you take a few moments to watch these videos with your kids. As a volunteer soccer coach for many years, I’ve seen how positive words can generate amazing results. The positive quotes I share are meant to spark a dialog between you and your kids. Take this opportunity to enhance the values I teach with your own personal experiences and point of view. Have fun with the doodles and encourage your kids to practice. Doodling increases creativity, moreover is a skill that they can build up and improve. I started doodling as a kid, and it propelled me into my career as a graphic and web designer, and now … Think Doodle Do. Who knows what our children’s future might bring, but learning a new positive skill is never a bad thing.

Don’t forget to visit our store to see the doodles that I teach on the videos as designs for t-shirts, wall art and more.

Cartooning for Kids: How to Draw a Cartoon Squid

This week’s positive quote comes to us from one of the most amazing minds in the history of the world: Albert Einstein.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
—Albert Einstein

I love this quote! This is a quote about life. It’s simple and elegant, and yet it has a deep, positive meaning. As usual, we’ve created a beautiful poster with this positive quote that we hope you like.

This week’s doodle is a squid (perhaps a giant squid). Watch the video above and learn how to draw this fun cartoon squid. I worked on 2 different color versions for the t-shirts, but in the end, we couldn’t make a decision on which to choose to showcase, so we chose to create both. You guys can take your pick.

Guys remember to keep on practicing and to try new things. This is the only way to improve, the only way to grow. Our goal should be to always push ourselves … or in the words of Albert Einstein, to keep moving.


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Note to Parents:

I hope you take a few moments to watch these videos with your kids. As a volunteer soccer coach for many years, I’ve seen how positive words can generate amazing results. The positive quotes I share are meant to spark a dialog between you and your kids. Take this opportunity to enhance the values I teach with your own personal experiences and point of view. Have fun with the doodles and encourage your kids to practice. Doodling increases creativity, moreover is a skill that they can build up and improve. I started doodling as a kid, and it propelled me into my career as a graphic and web designer, and now … Think Doodle Do. Who knows what our children’s future might bring, but learning a new positive skill is never a bad thing.

Don’t forget to visit our store to see the doodles that I teach on the videos as designs for t-shirts, wall art and more.

Cartooning for Kids – How to Draw a Dinosaur on Wheels

Hi guys! In today’s episode we investigate an awesome quote by Thomas Fuller.

“All things are difficult,
before they are easy”.
—Thomas Fuller

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This is such a short, but powerful quote, don’t you agree? Watch the video to find out my interpretation to this positive quote. Remember, every Friday we will upload a new video, so stay tuned ….

In this video I also teach how to draw a dinosaur (a velociraptor to be exact) on wheels. Since nobody’s been able to see a velociraptor in real life, I have taken some artistic license and provided my own version of it … and in my version velociraptors like inline skating! Maybe they weren’t as fast as they claim on Jurassic Park, they just had skills on wheels 😉

I hope you have fun with this week’s doodle. It is more challenging than the previous ones, but with practice, I’m sure you’ll be able to master it! Good luck!

Doodling increases creativity, moreover is a skill that they can build up and improve.

Note to Parents:

I hope you take a few moments to watch these videos with your kids. As a volunteer soccer coach for many years, I’ve seen how positive words can generate amazing results. The positive quotes I share are meant to spark a dialog between you and your kids. Take this opportunity to enhance the values I teach with your own personal experiences and point of view. Have fun with the doodles and encourage your kids to practice. Doodling increases creativity, moreover is a skill that they can build up and improve. I started doodling as a kid, and it propelled me into my career as a graphic and web designer, and now … Think Doodle Do. Who knows what our children’s future might bring, but learning a new positive skill is never a bad thing.

Don’t forget to visit our store to see the doodles that I teach on the videos as designs for t-shirts, wall art and more.


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How to Draw a Cartoon UFO

In this week’s episode we’ll learn how to draw a cartoon UFO, “Think Doodle Do style”. We’ll also break down a quote by Les Brown … Grab pencil and paper and let’s go!

“Shoot for the moon,
because even if you miss,
you’ll land among the stars …” 

—Les Brown

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I love these positive quotes! They are so inspiring, and I try to break them down for kids to understand. Parents, I hope that you take a bit of time to sit with your child(ren) and listen to the quote, so you can help them understand better with your own examples/experience.

This week’s doodle was a lot of fun to do. It’s a UFO, “Think Doodle Do style” … which means it’s not a flying saucer! It even has a handsome alien-dude in the cockpit! I hope you like it. This doodle was a bit more challenging than last week’s. Please let me know what your results were. And parents, remind your kids that only with practice and effort do we get to accomplish our goals.

Note to Parents:

I hope you take a few moments to watch these videos with your kids. As a volunteer soccer coach for many years, I’ve seen how positive words can generate amazing results. The positive quotes I share are meant to spark a dialog between you and your kids. Take this opportunity to enhance the values I teach with your own personal experiences and point of view. Have fun with the doodles and encourage your kids to practice. Doodling increases creativity, moreover is a skill that they can build up and improve. I started doodling as a kid, and it propelled me into my career as a graphic and web designer, and now … Think Doodle Do. Who knows what our children’s future might bring, but learning a new positive skill is never a bad thing.

Don’t forget to visit our store to see the doodles that I teach on the videos as designs for t-shirts, wall art and more.


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Cartooning Using Basic Shapes – Week 1

In this week’s episode I chose a quote by Pamela Vaull Starr that I hope you enjoy. You’ll also learn how to draw cartoons using construction lines and basic shapes.

“Reach high,
for stars lie hidden in your soul.
Dream deep,
for every dream precedes the goal.” 

—Pamela Vaull Starr

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That is an absolutely beautiful, poetic, strong quote. I broke it down on my video (watch the video, I don’t want to give any spoilers). Please let me know if you agree with my interpretation … If you have a different take on it, or would like to add something else, please drop me a line below or follow the YouTube link and leave me a comment there. Don’t forget to press like and subscribe if you enjoyed this video.

In this video, I teach a little bit about the use of construction lines when drawing cartoons. When we use construction lines (lines drawn lightly on the page), we are merely “shaping” what we’re drawing. We are continually revising using short, light strokes in a way that allows for little mistakes to occur; mistakes that are easy to erase. In addition, I discussed the use of basic shapes to compose our drawing. When we break down the overall drawing into basic shapes (like circles, squares, trapezoids, etc.), we can quickly figure out the proportions and work on them until we get them right. Once we have the overall shape proportional (and composed on the page), we can start adding the details. Using this method, we can ensure to get the right shape, proportions and position on the page of our doodle, before we spend too much time on drawing the details. I love drawing fun cartoons for kids!

In my opinion, when we are doodling we are learning, experimenting, planning and practicing

For some people, the word doodle or doodling has a negative connotation; as in “he’s not doing anything, just doodling around …”, for me the word “doodle” means “to practice drawing”. In my opinion, when we are doodling we are learning, experimenting, planning and practicing … all at the same time! So go ahead and doodle around! Practice, challenge yourselves and you’ll be drawing cartoons like pros in no time 🙂

Note to Parents:

I hope you take a few moments to watch these videos with your kids. As a volunteer soccer coach for many years, I’ve seen how positive words can generate amazing results. The positive quotes I share are meant to spark a dialog between you and your kids. Take this opportunity to enhance the values I teach with your own personal experiences and point of view. Have fun with the doodles and encourage your kids to practice. Doodling increases creativity, moreover is a skill that they can build up and improve. I started doodling as a kid, and it propelled me into my career as a graphic and web designer, and now … Think Doodle Do. Who knows what our children’s future might bring, but learning a new positive skill is never a bad thing.

Don’t forget to visit our store to see the doodles that I teach on the videos as designs for t-shirts, wall art and more.


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Carpe Diem / Carpe Noctem. Seize the Moment

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Many of us have heard the expression carpe diem (seize the day) and have equated it to “make the most of the present, don’t worry about tomorrow”. The more contemporaneous YOLO (You Only Live Once) can be said to be analogous to the Latin phrase; but is that truly what carpe diem means?

The first written record of the expression carpe diem dates from 23 B.C. by the Roman poet Horace in book 1 of his work Odes.

The phrase carpe diem appears in Horace’s Odes (I.11) as part of the injunction “carpe diem quam minimum credula postero,” which can be translated as “pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the next one.” Carpe diem has, however, become better known by a less literal translation: “seize the day.” 1

The true meaning of carpe diem as used by Horace in his poem is not to simply forget about the future, but rather to take advantage of the opportunities of the moment, because they may not be there tomorrow. From one perspective, it is a message against procrastination similar to Benjamin Franklin’s “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today”. Carpe diem however, refers to grasping those fleeting opportunities life offers from time to time, whatever they may be.

Next time you hear or read this Latin phrase, remember that it doesn’t mean to not worry about the future; but rather to take advantage of opportunitie/ life offers. Until then my friends … Carpe diem!

1 Carpe Diem. In Encyclopædia Britannica online. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/topic/carpe-diem


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Think Doodle Do

Today we officially say hello to the world. Think Doodle Do is finally open! It started as a thought …

My name is Marco, and I’m a father of two. I have been volunteering on my children’s soccer teams as head coach, for over 4 years. In the process I’ve been able to positively help kids improve their skills while also helping them feel good about themselves. The growth I’ve seen in these children throughout the years has been inspiring, and I’ve been wanting to be able to do the same for other kids.

My goal of spreading positive messages to children while giving them a skill that they could practice and flourish first came to me at the beginning of this year (2017). My dream of designing t-shirts and posters has been present with me so long, that it feels like it’s always been there. Somehow those two came up together in my mind and VOILA! Think Doodle Do was born.

The name Think Doodle Do came up from modifying the onomatopoeic cock-a-doodle-do (which usually signifies “wake up!” ) to add the word think. Think Doodle Do became three actions: To think, which is self explanatory; to doodle, which represents planning and practicing and finally to do, which simply stated means to take action. Anything worth doing requires these three things, but unfortunately a lot of times we get too involved in the first stage (thinking), some move to the second (planning, practicing), but few take action on following their dreams or goals. After about 6 months of planning and with a burning desire to take action, Think Doodle Do is today a reality.

It is not perfect. It is still not complete, but as with anything in life it will evolve, it will grow. Please be patient with me if some things are a bit rough around the edges, there may still be some duct-tape in some areas … but if you see a nail sticking out, please let me know immediately.