Doodle art is a rich design form that anyone can work at. Doodling, maybe, like what we do the back pages of notebooks. But doodle art? Like a trickle at the headwater of a great river, doodle art can produce visual surprises. Or capture flashes of inspiration which would otherwise flow by unnoticed. And it’s so much fun.
For graphic design, doodle art is an outlet for unexpected ideas, thought streams, compositions and associations. But even doodling while listening or waiting in line has proven helpful for retaining and comprehending information. Everyone from presidents to kindergarten pupils has produced interesting visual doodles.
Doodle art has the appeal of having no expectations. Unlike representational drawing, there’s no pressure to make it “look like” anything. It taps into the often-neglected part of our consciousness that keeps saying “I can’t draw.” A daily doodle journal is known to be an indispensable tool for both design beginners and professionals.
The doodle art featured below can be quite daunting, but also inspiring. Some are from graphic designers who only started doodling recently. Others doodle as a hobby, or as a break from the day’s work. The variety of cultural symbols, images, stories, life experiences come together in a visual feast. Who would’ve thought that complex works of art could begin from doodling lines or circles?