The greatest d.i.y. project is living happily.
Doodling is an easy and fun way that anyone can use to express himself. It is that form of art that makes someone to create like a real artist. You don’t need to have special skills or to be a great and talented artist but all you have to do is to be willing to express anything your imagination hides, through the simplest drawings. Despite the fact that anyone can doodle, that doesn’t make this kind of art nonsense.
The results of doodling may be like a childish drawing but who’s saying that this doesn’t represent a creative way to depict feelings, thoughts and your entire inner world? Of course, there are some really good examples of doodle artists and illustrators that make doodle art seem like a very serious art form. There are many talented artists that spend so much time on creating astonishing artworks with simple techniques. The point in this case is not just the techniques, but mostly the way these artists make mind-blowing illustrations after all.
Ok, maybe these techniques I’m talking about aren’t that easy, in some cases, but it’s just that childish sense with a not so childish content, in this case of an expert’s doodle drawings. You can see amazing illustrations in children books but you ain’t gonna see an owl drawn like we used to, in fifth grade (but why not? Cute enough this idea, too), neither with a more realistic perspective. This owl could be made by 5 or 6 simple curved lines combined in such a smart way that will impress anyone.
Doodling could represent a constant need to create. That’s why anyone can doodle anywhere and by using even the simplest things! You can doodle in a piece of scrappy paper just with a pen or on a napkin or on a wrap paper. For many people doodling has been the way to get over that sense of eternal boredom during class. I’m pretty sure that you can catch yourself doodling through the corners of a notebook or on your daily planner when you’ve got that moments that you’re trying to figure out your next day’s schedule or when you’re just stuck when thinking of what you wanted to write down. In other words, doodle art is sometimes a way to relax and for impatient people it’s a way to make time move faster!
Even if you don’t feel inspired, once you grab that pen and start drawing random stuff, sooner or later you’ll find yourself doodling for a purpose that urged afterwards. There’s no even the need to draw different things that have to stick together somehow.
And if you still think that the act of doodling is complicated, you can find great tips on sites and blogs about doodling or even books for it. A lovely book about doodle art is ‘Craft-a-Doodle’ by Jenny Doh. You can find in it many exercises designed by 18 artists. These projects help you to practice and to expand your inspiration too.
This doodle guide contains the cutest recipe for doodling faces and flowers. It challenges you to create the most loveable pugs and to experiment by displaying different emotions or you can create a whole world full of little monsters! You can even find the most adorable doodle birds, houses, hot air balloons and if you find yourself being a doodle master, you can try to embroider your doodles onto fabrics by following some simple embroidery stitches. One of my favorite projects in this book is the holey rocks where you can doodle on rocks by creating drawings depending on the shape, cracks and holes of the rock.
For me, the great pop artist Keith Haring is somehow connected with doodle drawing. I believe his characteristic artworks including people made by lines are representing a doodle form. At least, if you cannot say that Haring’s works are ‘doodle –style’, you can definitely see that these drawings can inspire you to doodling!