A doodle is a type of sketch, an unfocused drawing made while a person's attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes.
Stereotypical examples of doodling are found in school notebooks, often in the margins, drawn by students daydreaming or losing interest during class. Other common examples of doodling are produced during long telephone conversations if a pen and paper are available. ...
The historical, conventional understanding of doodling is also typically condescending. Contrast that to the revolutionary definition of Googling as advanced by Sunni Brown:
to make spontaneous marks in order to support thinking; to use simple visual language to engage three learning modalities; to use simple visual language to activate the mind’s eye and support creativity, problem-solving and innovation.Source: The Doodle Revolutionary's Manifesto).
Doodling, drawing, sketching, scribbling . . . whatever you want to call it -- I've been doing it for as long as I can remember. When I was a baby, my parents would catch me doodling on the walls (and a few of my father's philosophy books, which he has to this day). As a youngster, I took great inspiration from the Sunday comics and later, as a teen, comic books. I would write and draw my own comic books as a kid, which paved the way to becoming staff cartoonist for the Lenoir Rhynean (Lenoir Rhyne College, now University) for a number of years.
Apart from your standard core classes in college, I've never had the benefit of receiving extensive formal education in drawing or art -- and at this point, such is financially infeasible. But I'm still doodling.
A few notes on my work:
- Even now, I tend to prefer drawing in a standard college-lined notebook with a simple ball-point pen to any other form of medium. Perhaps it's nostalgia for my days as a student, doodling in class. I also like Bristol board when I can get it.
Most of what you see here is done in a notebook and subsequently scanned -- and on occasion, colored in with Crayola watercolor markers and crayons.
- I enjoy other mediums as well -- painting, modeling with clay, and sidewalk-chalk.
Anyways, this is yet another "art blog", to which I'll be posting my occasional doodlings and drawings from time to time. I hope you enjoy.