I am a doodlebook addict, I can’t resist buying a great doodlebook when I see one. Currently I have 5 doodlebooks, and I am only halfway through my very first one.
What is a doodlebook? It can be a ruled or a plain notebook or sketchbook where you can draw doodles and write pieces of your thoughts. I love plain or unruled, acid-free notebooks; and I also make sure that the thickness of each page is just right so as not to have tears on heavily-edited drawings, and for the ink to not seep through the back of the page.
Why keep a doodlebook? For me it is a stress-reliever, and it’s a more fun version of a diary. Writing little trivias and thoughts about my everyday life keeps me going and keeps the bad thoughts away. I just love the freedom of putting in random trivialities about my day and drawing without worrying about proportion, shading, etc. It’s just a doodle!
Some people, including my College Landscape Architecture professor, say doodling and sketching improves creativity and expands the imagination. Not only that, every drawing opportunity will allow one to hone his drawing skills.
The doodlebook I am filling up is a brown hardbound square with little Chinese characters and doodles on each page. You can see it in the upper right corner of the images above. It’s a 365 Days doodle journal, but I am still filling in the 100th page when it turned a year last September 4.
I will be posting some of the doodles from my doodlebooks in the following weeks, and as a doodler I do recommend keeping a doodlebook with you, artist or not.
- Doodlebooks (klacenklaiart.wordpress.com)
- To Make Students Understand Science, Let Them Doodle in Class (educationbulletinboard.com)
- Doodling: Anti-intellectual? (jesssmartsmiley.wordpress.com)
- An ongoing collection of Doodles (randomrose.wordpress.com)
- Is Doodling Art- Blog 1 (argumentandimage.wordpress.com)
- Addictive Access: drawastickman[dot]com (yangkidudel.wordpress.com)