Why doodling is important?
Doodling is simply a visual art form under the drawing technique which is commonly described as empty-minded scribbles that are created by a person who is usually occupied with other things or is — for the most part — thinking about something else in the process of drawing away their doodles.
As the nature of doodling implies, there is no strict form of rules that apply for something to qualify as a doodle. Since it is commonly practiced in a semi-subconscious manner and with the creator not really paying attention to how the scribble looks, doodling has been associated with the many ways that people can pass the time especially when they are in a state of boredom.
Moreover, since doodling as a whole is generally described as being “random”, the creation of doodles is popularly believed to be prominent among children. Since young kids have yet to fully develop their hand-eye coordination thinking processes, most of their works do not form into the visual structures that they initially intended them to come out as — and so doodles are formed.
While doodling is associated with child-like behaviors, the drawing style can still be found in people belonging to older age groups. Doodles are particularly prominent when a person is in a “daydream state” or simply has an idle mind which slowly drifts towards scribbling random figures and shapes.
Despite the basic nature of doodling, the style has come a long way from its initial definition of “doing nothing”. Throughout the years, as art has grown to become more relevant and transparent, doodling has also developed into a healthy mental exercise that provides several benefits.
From improving one’s mood to enhancing creativity skills and potential, doodling has been described by many experts around the world as an outlet for a person’s brain to keep on being focused or engaged in a particular activity — such as listening in class — even if things get too idle or dull.
Furthermore, research conducted by Jackie Andrade, a professor from the University of Plymouth, found that people who doodled had a better time retaining their memories than those who just kept their minds inactive for a long period of time.
Doodling has also helped many artists and intellectuals in enhancing and visualizing their mental concepts better. J.K. Rowling, the famous author of the Harry Potter collection, frequently doodled the characters in her story so that she could describe and write them better in her legendary tales.
Doodling also acts as a stress reliever for many people. Doodles not only happen when people don’t think about things — in fact when one has too much on their head, but doodling has also been proven to be an effective outlet in releasing all the pent-up tension and unease.
It is safe to say that doodling in fact offers a lot of advantages that may not seem as evident at first glance. But when one looks into doodles closer, the drawing style actually does a lot in terms of improving one’s mental state and overall state of mind.
Check out the doodles going on in the background of this artwork.
Mixed media on Paper (unframed) A1 size 59cm x 84cm.