Thoughts on doodling


18 Responses to “Thoughts on doodling”

  1. TEKNA2007 says:

    He did Darren from Bewitched.

    • Anonymous says:

      Im not sure he did. His blog says hes 50, which means that he was 4 when bewitched was airing. so… no, I dont think he did.

      • TEKNA2007 says:

        Sorry, I was unclear. What I meant was: when I look at the business-person doodle, it makes me think of Darren on Bewitched. I thought that would be a fun retro-cultural reference for “readers of a certain age”.

        Also, when someone’s throwaway doodles are this evocative, I think it means they have talent to burn. Very cool.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks TEKNA, I think his style has seeped into the collective unconscious! I love how he is so experienced that the use of negative space in the original ad was his template. Especially the girl to the left, although she is drawn over text, its only her hair, which has some texture details anyway.

  3. nickmoreau says:

    Peter’s actually been doing a series of free instructional videos, via a Canadian non-profit, which I produce… worth a look if you want to see how he works.

    Nick Moreau

  4. godisafiction says:

    I agree, newsprint is cheap and great for doodling. So why don’t you just get rid of the bright white sketchbook and just buy blank newsprint? It’s almost free and comes in huge pads. The problem with bound sketchbooks is that they make every page seem precious. A box of white copier paper is just as good.

  5. cymk says:

    I love the art. I too doodle, mainly at work in a sketch book along side notes from meetings and what not.


    Newsprint is awesome, but I usually find myself springing for more expensive 80 lbs paper sketch books; hot press acid free takes ink pretty well.

  6. Tavie says:

    Yes yes yes! I love doodling on newspaper! I love this post!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I dunno about you all, but There are few things more precious to me than a blank piece of anything, though i am partial to Solid white paper. Opening a new sketchbook is hardly intimidating. Its like standing in that space in the martix where literally anything is possible. You just make.

  8. kupo says:

    That is so true. I used to doodle on newspapers all the time as a kid. What I used to do was build bases on the newsprint and them attacked by various UFOs and things.

    I don’t get newspapers now I’m a grown-up and this post makes me realise I miss doodling on them :(

  9. KurtMac says:

    I love looking through other artist’s sketchbooks. I use to sketch a lot in the margins of class notes, homework and any scrap paper I could get a hold of, but for whatever reason I don’t anymore. I’ve been following Alan Tew’s Virtual Sketchbook for years. Hes a really talented character designer for video games who just posts random pages of his sketchbooks which are quite awesome and funny.

  10. Ed Frome says:

    The main drawback I see in using newspaper for doodling is the fact that the sensation of pencil on newspaper is for me similar to the sensation of fingernail on chalkboard. I often doodle with ink, but when using graphite I have to draw on my 50lb acid free pad.

  11. ill lich says:

    Unlike doodling on clean white fresh pages in a sketchbook, which can be rather intimidating due to the commitment of the act,

    Reminds me of “red light fever”, where musicians in the studio can’t quite commit to a song or play a good solo, whereas live they nail it every time.

  12. Marcelo says:

    When I worked as the sound supervisor on the TV show Psych, we mixed on the same dubbing stage as The Simpsons. They would usually be in there the day before us. Apparently Matt Groening still comes in and watches episodes and gives notes on the mix on a yellow pad, then he leaves his pad there for the next show. So every now and then I would come across a list of barely legible Simpsons notes with all sorts of Life in Hell doodles in the margins. I kept one and gave another to a rabid Simpsons freak.

  13. kingzilch says:

    As I read this, my sketchbook is open in front of me, and maybe every third or fourth page will have one small sketch that doesn’t look like it was scrawled by a spastic monkey. Seeing stuff like this is both inspiring and frustrating.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I’m convinced that the only time I can draw well is in class when I should be paying attention. All of the sketches I have saved are on scraps of paper and old biochem notes.

  15. shadowfirebird says:

    My gods, I would give my right arm to be able to draw like that … wait, that wouldn’t work out well, would it?

    And I’ve fallen in love with one of these girls. I won’t say which one. You can’t have her; she’s mine.

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