Kimmie Rose Zapt
– 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!
a partner, paper, pen, pencil or crayons.
face to face, breath in and out, one person.
is the receiver and the other person is the sender.
look at the person you are receiving from and draw the first shape
that comes into your mind.
that shape in with a colour.
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.!
Face one another.
Look at what you have drawn or written – see, feel, taste,
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.
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.
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.
on classical manuscripts are the earliest known form of marginalia.
Fermat's last theorem is probably the most famous historical marginal
The term was
coined by Samuel T. Coleridge who did extensive in margin notes
in almost all the books that he read. Five volumes
of just his marginalia have been published. Edgar Allan Poe formally
titled some of his reflections "Marginalia."
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.
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.
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. The students had a good appreciation
for their predecessors' distillation of knowledge.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Note: Doodling Can Help Memory
It actually keeps us on track with boring tasks, study suggests
Posted February 27, 2009
27 (HealthDay News) -- You might look like you're not paying attention
when you doodle, but science says otherwise.
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.
is doing a boring task, like listening to a dull telephone conversation,
they may start to daydream," study researcher Professor
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.
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."
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."
is A 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.
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
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.
"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.
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. 
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