10 things doodling has taught me about the creative process

I was doodling while pretending to watch ALIAS on Netflix, and I made this.

DoodleAFish

Note: ALIAS is kind of hard to follow if you’re not actually watching the screen. It looks like this.

XO

 

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28 Responses to 10 things doodling has taught me about the creative process

  1. Pam May 23, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    Love it! Numbers 4 and 6 are my favorites.

    I have never tried wearing a tinfoil hat. (Not yet anyway.) I may have fought the inner critic with a wrapping-paper-roll sword on occasion.

    xoxo

    • j May 23, 2013 at 8:41 am #

      *fetches wrapping paper roll from recycle can*

      Thank you!

  2. Nancy May 23, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    Does having tin-foil colored hair count?? :D

    • j May 23, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      Ha! If it does, that will be the upside to growing grey!

  3. leah77 May 23, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    I love your fish and I love all the wise steps. Off I go to doodle away! LOL!

    • j May 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

      Doodlers unite! <3

  4. Estrella Azul May 23, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    How true! No. 8 I am feeling especially drawn towards right now!

    And I wish my creative process worked like this, too. Not being able to rest properly and so much socializing (where I count work as well, because it’s loud and involves way too many people for my introverted taste!) I am feeling drained rather than creative…

    • j May 23, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

      Oh, Estrealla, I totally understand about the over-socializing. You definitely need some downtime between events to reconnect to your core and recharge. Here’s hoping you find some of that soon. xox

      • Estrella Azul June 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

        I’m working on it. Meanwhile, have a read over at my blog if you want to – I talk about some things that make up for my introverted self’s survival guide to a wedding :)

      • Estrella Azul June 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

        PS: because I’m not-so-secretly hoping you can provide more tips ;)

        • j June 4, 2013 at 10:05 am #

          Ha! Cute post, but you’re definitely asking the wrong person for tips. Your list of 9 tips has 8 more things than I’d have thought of! I just bring Chad. He’s good in crowds. ;)

          • Estrella Azul June 4, 2013 at 11:30 am #

            You’re too cute!

            Is Chad free in August? I might just have to borrow him if I have to attend that other wedding as well… ;)

  5. juliafehrenbacher May 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Oh, this is sacred goodness. Damn, I love you – your wisdom, your kick ass fish.

    • j May 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

      It’s not every day I get a compliment that includes both the phrases “sacred goodness” and “kick ass fish.” Love you madly, Julia!

  6. fictional100 May 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Even reading about YOUR doodling feels like play to me! *smile* And I love your epigrammatic lists! ~lucy

    • j May 24, 2013 at 6:51 am #

      Ha! The night I doodled the first version of this post was hilarious. Chad was cooking and I was doodling and – holy cow! – ALIAS is not a show you can watch without watching. Some are. Some shows you can listen to all the talking and get the gist of things. But large swaths of ALIAS are action music, and I’d look up after about 5 minutes of that and realize I had no idea who any of the people on screen were.

      I love the word epigrammatic to describe my lists. When I grow up, I want you to be my publicist. xo

  7. Christie May 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    Your doodles bring a smile to my face – they are so fun and at the same time, they offer up words of wisdom that bring a smile to my soul! (((hugs)))

    • j May 24, 2013 at 6:51 am #

      And this comment brought a smile to mine. *bear hugs you back with my super-j strength*

  8. Laura Marcella May 24, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    My notebooks’ margins are filled with doodles! I doodle my name or my characters’ names in different types of lettering styles, flowers, odd shapes and lines, goofy smiley faces. Doodling helps me plan my novels and stories. Coloring with crayons is a great help, too!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

    • j May 24, 2013 at 6:54 am #

      I bet doodling the odd shapes and lines and colors actually helps you get to know your characters better. I’m amazed at the insights I get while doodling. I think there’s something physiological happening – like using the doodle part of the brain frees up the writing part to wander about, unfettered.

      This bit of truthiness has been brought to you by j-science!

  9. Karin May 24, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    Your doodles make me happy :)
    Course I think it’s like Julia said–it is all art in disguise. You have a special talent for sharing love in pictures.

    Also I remember watching Alias a long time ago but it ended up getting too complicated for me lol.
    The first season was probably the best one though.

    • j May 24, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      I’ve heard that about the first season. At the rate we’re going, we will be on the first season for a long while. We’re not very good at watching TV around here. (Obviously.) :)

      • Karin May 24, 2013 at 10:48 am #

        Are you kidding? We don’t even have cable haha

        • j May 24, 2013 at 10:57 am #

          Neither do we. Hence, Netflix. (Which is why I don’t see anything when it’s new.

  10. Annie Neugebauer (@AnnieNeugebauer) May 27, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    Just perfect! You should sell this one as a poster in your Etsy shop!

    • j May 30, 2013 at 7:47 am #

      That could happen. Prints are coming SOON!

  11. Nina Badzin May 29, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    LOVE this!! And so true about Alias. Same for Revenge which got kind of Alias-esque this season. I can’t watch a show that forces me NOT to multi-task. Just don’t have time for that!

    • j May 30, 2013 at 7:50 am #

      EXACTLY! Unless it’s a movie, I never just sit and watch anything. With Alias, I’ll be drawing or whatever and realize there’s been nothing but (exciting, death-defying) music for 10 minutes. No dialogue so I have no idea what’s going on. I may not make it through Season 1.

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