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Doodle External Links
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Check these links out for children and adults:

Doodlers Anonymous: The permanent home for spontaneous art.
Doodle Is Art World Project
Doodles made by Presidents of the United States
CBBC children's doodle games
UK-based charity fundraising event where celebrities' doodles are auctioned - Upload and share your doodles and kids doodles with world - a quest to elevate doodling to the status of an art form that it deserves!

  Exercise The Senses
By Kimmie Rose Zapt


“Doodling – is drawing aimlessly with a pen or pencil.” Unlike creative painting, where you are focused on creating the art, you doodle when your mind is distracted by something else. A lot of people doodle naturally when they are on the telephone.

Keep a pad and pencil handy and try doodling when you’re on the phone or watching a TV show or otherwise have your conscious mind on some other activity. Then just draw or write whatever you feel without paying too much attention or thinking about it. Later on, examine your doodles while remembering the activity you were doing, such as a specific phone call you were involved in or a television show you were watching. You might be surprised to learn what your unconscious mind was thinking!

Doodling Exercise

Find a partner, paper, pen, pencil or crayons.
Sit face to face, breath in and out, one person.
Doodler is the receiver and the other person is the sender.
First look at the person you are receiving from and draw the first shape that comes into your mind.
Fill that shape in with a colour.
Now give it a feeling, taste, smell or sound.
Finish drawing the picture by adding more to it with your senses.
Write words, draw more, etc.!
Switch partners.
Face one another.
Look at what you have drawn or written – see, feel, taste, smell, hear.

Bring it together like a movie…let the sight be your camera, feelings be the expression, smell and taste set up where you are. What do you hear? The hearing is the vibration. It speaks to you.

From Wikipedia

This piece of Wahrheit und Dichtung by Melchior Kirchhofer has pencil notes that might have been written by Josef Eiselein.

The Glosas Emilianenses are glosses added to this Latin codex that are now considered the first phrases written in the Castilian language.

Marginalia (plurale tantum) is the general term for notes, scribbles, and editorial comments made in the margin of a book. The term is also used to describe drawings and flourishes in medieval illuminated manuscripts. True marginalia is not to be confused with reader's signs, marks (e.g. stars, crosses, fists) or doodles in books. The formal way of adding descriptive notes to a document is called annotation.

The scholia on classical manuscripts are the earliest known form of marginalia. Fermat's last theorem is probably the most famous historical marginal note.

The term was coined by Samuel T. Coleridge who did extensive in margin notes in almost all the books that he read.[citation needed] Five volumes of just his marginalia have been published. Edgar Allan Poe formally titled some of his reflections "Marginalia."

Some famous marginalia were serious works, or drafts thereof, written in margins due to scarcity of paper. Voltaire composed in book margins while in prison, and Sir Walter Raleigh wrote a personal statement in margins just before his execution. John Bethune was a poor English poet whose only available paper was borrowed space in books.

Marginalia can add or detract from the value of a book, depending on the author of the marginalia and the book. Marginalia by Tony Blair in a book by Winston Churchill, for example, might add value; a student's notes in a popular edition of Oliver Twist might not.

Scientists[who?] doing research on the future of the user interface have studied the phenomenon of user annotation of texts. They discovered that in several university departments, knowledgeable students would scour the piles of textbooks at used book dealers for consistently annotated copies.[citation needed] The students had a good appreciation for their predecessors' distillation of knowledge.

Beginning in the 1990s, many attempts have been made to design and market e-book devices permitting a limited form of marginalia. In 2004, the Sony Librie EBR-1000EP was introduced with a tiny but full qwerty keyboard below the display, to permit the creation of marginalia and bookmarks.

Ekaki Uta - Drawing Songs
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In Japan , songs that describe how to draw animals and/or favorite characters are called "Ekaki Uta." These songs are supposed to help children remember how to draw something by incorporating drawing directions into the lyrics. (e.g, first you draw a circle, then you dot the eyes, draw a great big smile, etc...) If they memorize the song, which is easy to do because it's usually a catchy melody, effectively they've remembered how to draw what the song describes. Children at play often sing these songs as they doodle on paper or in playground sand. Drawing songs exist for many children's cartoon characters in Japan , for example Keroro Shotai and Doraemon.

From Wikipedia

Rhythmic Art is a style of art based on the surrealist technique of "automatic drawing". It is also similar to the form of doodling, and is an expression of personal reflection. The method involves being aware of what you are drawing rather than the surrealist method of being nearly subconscious (such as the methods of André Masson). It involves drawing or simply doodling shapes and forms which are symmetrical or in a rhythmic style which appeals to the eye, as though the image is animated or "flowing" in motion.

The art always involves objects and forms perpetuating, and the style could be almost considered "reactive", in other words where the patterns and shapes are not only in sync, but react with each other thus creating a static yet animated effect, causing the image to seem in motion.

The method or rhythmic art also involves drawing under the influence of music or sound to help engage the artist with a type or rhythm.

From Wikipedia

A Scribble is a drawing composed of random and abstract lines, generally without ever lifting the drawing device off of the paper. Scribbling is most often associated with young children and toddlers, because their lack of hand-eye coordination and lower mental development often make it very difficult for any young child to keep their coloring attempts within the line art of the subject.

Adults also scribble, although generally it is done jovially, out of boredom (as in doodling), or as a form of abstract art, or to see if a pen works.

Scribbles are also a kind of web graphics, often associated with pixels and cute websites. They are entirely different from pixeling, as instead of carefully drawing the graphics pixel by pixel, the picture is made by drawing quickly around the outline of object a number of times - this gives the scribbly effect. The result is a very loosely drawn, sketchy artwork.

Take Note: Doodling Can Help Memory
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It actually keeps us on track with boring tasks, study suggests
Posted February 27, 2009

FRIDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- You might look like you're not paying attention when you doodle, but science says otherwise.

Researchers in the United Kingdom found that test subjects who doodled while listening to a recorded message had a 29 percent better recall of the message's details than those who didn't doodle. The findings were published in Applied Cognitive Psychology.

"If someone is doing a boring task, like listening to a dull telephone conversation, they may start to daydream," study researcher Professor

Jackie Andrade, of the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth , said in a news release issued by the journal's publisher. "Daydreaming distracts them from the task, resulting in poorer performance. A simple task, like doodling, may be sufficient to stop daydreaming without affecting performance on the main task."

For the experiment, a two-and-a-half minute listing of several people's names and places was played for test subjects, who were charged with writing down only the names of the people said to be attending a party. During the recording, half the participants were asked to simultaneously shade in shapes on a piece of paper without attention to neatness. Participants were not told they were taking part in a memory test.

When the recording ended, all were asked for the eight names of those attending the party as well as eight place names mentioned in the audio. Those asked to doodle wrote down, on average, 7.5 names and places, while those who didn't doodle listed only 5.8.

"In psychology, tests of memory or attention will often use a second task to selectively block a particular mental process," Andrade said. "If that process is important for the main cognitive task, then performance will be impaired. My research shows that beneficial effects of secondary tasks, such as doodling, on concentration may offset the effects of selective blockade."

In everyday life, Andrade said, doodling "may be something we do because it helps to keep us on track with a boring task, rather than being an unnecessary distraction that we should try to resist doing."

What is A Doodle?
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Doodle Art Samples (Above)

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 word doodle first appeared in the early 17th century to mean a fool or simpleton.[citation needed]

Its ultimate derivation is likely from the Low German dudeldopp, meaning "fool" or "simpleton". (High) German variants of the etymon include Dudeltopf, Dudentopf, Dudenkopf, Dude and Dödel. American English dude may be a derivation of doodle.

The meaning "fool, simpleton" is intended in the song title "Yankee Doodle", originally sung by British colonial troops prior to the American Revolutionary War. This is also the origin of the early eighteenth century verb to doodle, meaning "to swindle or to make a fool of". The modern meaning emerged in the 1930s either from this meaning or from the verb "to dawdle", which since the seventeenth century has had the meaning of wasting time or being lazy.

In the movie Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Mr. Deeds mentions that "doodle" was a word made up to describe scribblings to help a person think. According to the DVD audio commentary track, the word as used in this sense was invented by screenwriter Robert Riskin.

Effects on Memory
According to a study published by Applied Cognitive Psychology, doodling helps a person's memory significantly. The study was done by Professor Jackie Andrade, of the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth. [1]

Famous Doodlers
In published compilations of their materials, numerous historical figures have left behind doodles. Erasmus drew comical faces in the margins of his manuscripts and John Keats drew flowers in his medical note-books during lectures. Ralph Waldo Emerson, as a student at Harvard, decorated his composition books with somber, classical doodles, such as ornamental scrolls. In one place, he sketched a man whose feet have been bitten off by a great fish swimming nearby and added the caption, “My feet are gone. I am a fish. Yes, I am a fish!” In many other situations he commented that they helped with compositions. Stanislaw Ulam the mathematician is another example: he discovered the Ulam spiral while doodling during an academic conference. The popular webcomic xkcd originated from the doodles of Randall Munroe, who maintains the doodle-esque feel in the comics.




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