The Approachable Art of Doodles Dec07

The Approachable Art of Doodles...

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines doodling as “to draw something without thinking about what you are doing,” and “an aimless or casual scribble, design, or sketch; also a minor work.” We might therefore associate the doodle with the open notebook in school when students fail to pay attention to the lecture and instead have created some artistic scribbles upon the page there. But what if you doodled with thinking about what you were doing, and what if that aimless or casual scribble became something a little bit more than a minor work? Of course the initial appeal of doodling is that it’s harmless, and that you can’t doodle incorrectly. Any line pressed to the page, no matter how uneven, no matter how quickly, may become anything. You can never be too repetitious with a doodle. There is no model and no right and wrong. So this is an encouraging and approachable choice for a sketch. An artist might even find that a doodle on the side lines of some piece of paper becomes the pattern for tomorrow’s more formal study. It’s clear that doodles can convey the same basic principles of art when they are finished. Looking at two doodles side by side there may be a particular mood evoked by one that the other doesn’t have. Composition may form organically based on the size of paper, margin or other factors involved in the free form flow of the pen or pencil, but in the end, there will more than likely be some compositional form if only that dictated by the space provided. A study of contrast is sure to show up in an eventual doodle, particularly one rendered in pen and ink. And a particular style may begin to appear in many doodles by the...