I used to think doodles were those scribbles people draw while they are talking on the phone. They are, but they’re also a whole lot more.
Doodles are easy to draw, require little artistic skill but are so satisfying to work on. Anyone can doodle. Anyone can produce drawings that satisfy.
I also like how they encourage creativity. Doodling is a bit like writing. You set off not knowing where you will end up. The journey is enjoyable and the result can be amazing!
This doodle art webpage is a good place to start if you want some ideas. It was here I found out about a drawing book called Keys to Drawing with Imagination: Strategies and Exercises for Gaining Confidence and Enhancing Your Creativity by Bert Dodson.
I bought a spiral bound edition from The Book Depository. Later I discovered there is a Kindle edition which would view well on a computer or tablet screen. Amazon also has the spiral bound edition and it is cheaper than the one I bought (except postage would have to be added).
We’ve collected a basket of doodle supplies: paper – ordinary and watercolour, Sharpie pens, coloured markers, graphite pencils and watercolour pencils, watercolour paints… but you can doodle using whatever is at hand.
There are a lot of how to doodle videos on Youtube. Here’s just one:
The other day we heard about an online doodling class to be presented by artist Alicia Burke. It is called Doodle Delight, and goes live on June 11th
All these doodles were drawn by Imogen. I stole them because they are much better than mine!