It’s time to start sketching, because this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest begins
soon. For the first time ever, students are invited to use any materials they want to
express themselves in a doodle of the Google logo. The winner’s artwork will be
featured on the Google homepage.
WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT
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Winning Doodle on Google.com
This year, we’re asking kids to create a doodle that tells the world “What makes
me…me.” Kids have all kinds of things that make them unique, so they can use all
kinds of materials to create their doodles, from crayons, to clay, to yarn, to
Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2015 Doodle 4 Google contest.
Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. The
winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The contest is open for
submissions on October 19, 2015.
EXAMPLES FROM OUR DOODLERS
If I'm not working or moving around I'm probably knitting, so I decided to knit
my self-portrait. I taught myself to knit about 15 years ago when I realized I
could put my constant fidgeting to good use. If you don't know how to start,
just make a list of things you love to do and pick one to focus on.
Bread is a big part of my life. It's a simple pleasure, the backbone of my
diet, and an art form. I bake regularly, trying to make that elusive perfect
loaf, and I feed my experiments to the members of the Doodle team. To make this
doodle, I toasted some bread and stenciled on the letters using a traditional
spread from my South African childhood.
Two things that really make me me are animation and coffee. Animation is made
up of lots of slightly different drawings put together to create something that
moves. That's what I tried to capture by drawing myself in a walk cycle, the
way I would if I were animating. The painting itself is made with coffee
grounds mixed with water, and used like watercolors. If you're having trouble
narrowing down what makes you, you, go through your day and think about what
you most often do, or eat.
Video games have been a part of my life as far back as I can remember, and have
always held a special place in my childhood memories. My portrait reflects my
love of games, my appreciation of collective creativity, and the way video
games let me share my hobbies and interests with my son. Speaking as someone
with few "traditional" art skills, but lots of creativity bouncing around my
head, I think it's important for kids to explore all different types of art to
allow themselves to find the best way to express themselves.
I decided to represent myself as a sloth because I admire their slow and
patient lifestyle and the way they experience the world just one branch at a
time. This doodle was made digitally, with a mouse and standard drawing
One of my great loves in life is eating. Since fruit is considered healthy, it
frequently falls victim to my hunger. Hoarding piles of fruit next to my bed
and desk brings me joy and a sense of comfort.
As a painter, I’m a lifelong student of light, because it defines visual
language. Normally I use paint to imitate light, but for my doodle, I decided
to use real light to imitate paint: I set my camera’s lens to stay open for a
long time and waved flashlights around in the dark. For this doodle, I wrote
long lists of my personality traits, interests, quirks, physical features,
hobbies, and anything else I could think of that could represent me.
I’ve always liked how computers create imaginary worlds using nothing but math.
As a software engineer, I get to write the code that creates those worlds. I
made this image using Blender and Gimp, which are both free. I used polygons
and wireframes to let the math peek out. The equation in the background is
Lambert's lighting equation, one of the earliest equations used in 3D computer
graphics. It gives a flat style of lighting where you can see the edges of all
No matter what happens in life, I know I can depend on the unconditional love
of my dog Bebe and the unerring hardiness of a succulent plant. I’m fueled by
this love and inspired by this persistence! I made my doodle out of clay, baked
it in the oven, and painted it with acrylic paint. The succulent was taken from