I love to doodle. Every second of every minute of every day!
I love painting as well. But I guess it’s just too much effort for someone like me, specially when I could get just as much satisfaction from a pen and a piece of paper! And I can also avoid a scolding from my mom for accidentally painting the floor(oops!)
I’ve heard that doodling is one of the best ways to get your creativity flowing. I couldn’t agree more. Doodling helps me relax. I’ve gotten over the worst of “writers’ blocks” by doodling! One of my teachers had told me that doodling is like a warm up exercise before you draw anything. He always made us draw random patterns before moving on to the actual drawing; whenever we did that, our strokes ended up looking more gentle and natural!
Doodling has also kept me from falling asleep in lectures – all my school and college books are filled with doodles along the margins and on the last few pages! In fact, according to psychologist Jackie Andrade, doodling stops you from daydreaming, without affecting your performance on the main task. But that should be your last resort to improve concentration, mind you!
The best thing about it is there is no such thing as a “bad” doodle. Or a “wrong” one either. You don’t have to be artsy do be able to doodle! No one is going to tell you that the lines aren’t straight or the perspective isn’t right. To each his own.
As I’d mentioned before, in this post, I would love to be a professional doodler. Yep, that’s an actual occupation (Google this guy; Jon Burgerman). To doodle and get paid for it; who wouldn’t love that!?
(The title is a dialogue by Alyson Hannigan’s character in Buffy; a shy girl who rambles on nonsensical stuff when she’s caught unawares; kind of like me!!)