What I’ve learned about drawing through doodles

water color & doodle sketchPractice and experimenting – what I’ve learned about drawing through doodles is the same stuff I’d learn drawing realistic stuff.

Drawing: a picture or diagram made with a pencil, pen, or crayon rather than paint.

a graphic representation by lines of an object or idea.

So drawing is making marks and lines without using paint (I will challenge the definition about paint, I think you can draw with a paintbrush). Notice realistic is not in the definition. How exciting is that? You don’t (I don’t) need to copy what I see – I only need to represent something I see or feel!

In the above waterdoodle, I drew lines with different thicknesses to represent texture. I see a lot of texture and movement in my doodle. Some areas didn’t turn out in a pleasing way to me, but I marked the areas I did like so I can use that technique again.

Looking OutThis is a lithograph print  – part drawing and part image transfer. In a drawing, other images can be included if there is a need for a realistic representation. I used a realistic image in place of my getting frustrated with trying to draw it.

You don’t want to draw a face? Collage one in – art is YOURS, you are not confined by what we THINK art should be.

What do you think it should be for you? What images emerge when you close your eyes and dream? You can create that using any technique you want!

Your art is as individual as you are – period. You make the rules. It’s one of the only safe places you can experiment with any way to express yourself. Your art journal can help you evolve, explore, laugh, cry, celebrate, or grieve. You can research a subject just like Michelangelo did when he filled volumes of exploration of the human body in his journals.

Doodley DoDoodles with gel penBoth of these are doodles. Both are sketches. Both are drawings. I learned about line thickness in both. I learned that I could take my abstract doodles and make them more realistic. I graphically represented space, depth, and shape.

Don’t get caught up in what you think about art – explore your “I can’t” and see where it comes from. It’s probably someone else’s “I can’t” just passed onto you. You are not suppose to create something that looks exactly like another work of art. That is not the objective! The objective of creativity is to find your style and your “inner” art. Experiment and push yourself to find the style you love. Get uncomfortable with loving what you do and seeing yourself in your work.

Celebrate the creations that don’t resemble anything else because that is when your true voice shines. Rip up the stuff that make you think of some other art because that is the bullshit we’ve been fed. It’s not the finish line when you can copy, it’s only a stumbling block.

I get inspiration from other people’s work because I can see their true authentic style in it. I can SEE them. I can’t see you if you think you need to copy something to be an artist.

2 thoughts on “What I’ve learned about drawing through doodles

  1. I love how intricately detailed your work is! Beautiful!! And I like how you talk about crate exploration- we shouldn’t limit ourselves by the cans and can’ts, or traditional definitions. Each artist is unique, so of course their art will be unique too. Thanks for sharing!

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