Doodles can capture the essence of what you want to convey. However, not all doodles are equal. They come in three flavors: Freehand, Directed, and Formal.
Freehand doodles are the easiest (and truest to doodling’s definition). You allow the doodle to come to you as your pen to float freely on paper* while you watch it unfold.
*(Pen/paper mentioned for ease. Obviously it can be stylus on Wacom tablet, paint on shoes, charcoal on brick, or any other combo you can imagine since doodles can be done almost anywhere on most anything.)
Directed doodles require a bit more effort and focus. You begin with a general idea or concept. Within your parameters and boundaries you nudge your doodles in the general direction you want them to go. There’s still a lot of you in the doodle (though less than with freehand).
Formal doodling is the most challenging. Your intent is to tame and control your doodles while allowing the spirit of your doodles and your doodling style to come through. Formal’s lack of freedom is counterintuitive to doodle’s definition which is to “scribble aimlessly, esp. when preoccupied.”
The pundits say it’s important (imperative even) you “get outside your comfort zone,” push yourself to see what you’re capable of, and continually try new things as that’s the only way you grow.
So in the spirit of growing, pushing the boundaries, and getting outside of my comfort zone, beginning tomorrow, the first day of 2014, I am embarking on a 30-day Doodle Challenge. For 30 consecutive days I will Formally doodle the Avatars of some of the Twitter/bloggers I’ve “met.” (Even tossed in a few “celebs” for an extra challenge.)
For the record, this is way beyond getting outside my comfort zone. It’s more a “Yikes, what am I doing? Have I totally gone off the deep end?” thing. *She squares her shoulders, takes a deep breath, and faces 2014*
Here’s wishing you and yours a wonderful last day of 2013 and a particularly great 2014!
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