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The History of Doodling

The History of Doodling

By Loring 6LITA

Nobody knows exactly when doodling begun, but we’re pretty sure it started somewhere in the Stone Age. Why? Because cave drawings, technically, falls into the category of doodling-they have little to none detail, were made while someone was bored, and despite this give information on what the artist is thinking. The cave men “pencil” was likely a finger dipped in crushed beetles or anything else that creates a pigment.

Fast forwarding to sometime in Africa (experts aren’t sure when these mysterious doodles appeared) where massive doodles of animals started to appear. Such as a monkey, composed almost entirely of circles. I think they look rather creepy.

It is now the 15th century, not a lot of people doodle during this period of time due to the inefficiency of having to dip your quill in ink constantly just to doodle-you might as well do the boring stuff instead. Without the use of pens and pencils, the process of doodling is just too difficult. However, with the invention of the fountain pen, that is a different story. A very different story.

In the 16th century, the fountain pen was invented. This gave doodling a little boost, but not much. However, the Renaissance was right around the corner. During the Renaissance, innovators, inventors, even Leonardo Da Vinci, doodled with pens during times of stress and pressure. Even the Queen of Prussia doodled in 1795. Here is her doodle:

It is now 1875, and the pencil (with wooden handles, erasers and all) has just been perfected by an inventor who attached wooden handles around the “lead” (which has since been replaced with graphite due to the poisonous effects of lead). But pencils were expensive, and rural students couldn’t afford them due to the expensive wood handles. Then there was a twist during World War 2. England outlawed all pencils because “its lead and wood could and should be used for war efforts instead”. So the people came up with a simple and yet effective solution: replace the wood with cheap, red cedar. This made pencils much more affordable and England no longer outlawed them. To this day, our pencils are still made from red cedar.

The next boost of popularity for doodling was in 1998, where the first Google Doodle for the Burning Man Festival. This increased the popularity of doodling dramatically. Then future studies about how doodling improves the brain just helped even more!

That, my friend, is a brief history of doodling.

How to Doodle!

Doodling: A Basic Guide

By Loring
May 26, 2016

For most doodlers, doodling is like any sport: easy to learn, hard to master. A lot of times you are trying to doodle, but you just cannot think of what to doodle. Or maybe you forgot your pen. Perhaps you are out of ideas. Maybe those eyes don’t look right. All these problems are faced at a regular basis, even by the most “experienced” doodlers. So I have put together a guide from the Internet and from my personal experiences. You are welcome to doodle on this piece of paper as you read.

Step 1

Find your materials for doodling. This will include a pen or a pencil, and just any type of paper, even this one. Notice how I didn’t mention erasers. Don’t regret your mistakes. Improvise, and in fact, I strongly urge you to doodle with a pen then with a pencil. This is because using a pen will generate a mindset where you know you can’t erase anything. And don’t use whiteout either, you traitor!

Step 2

Pick the right time. Any time you are bored and have the materials listed above, you can doodle! But be careful, because despite some famous companies like Dell encourage their employees to doodle because of the psychological benefits, most managers and teachers don’t like it when their student and employees doodle during working times.

Step 3

Finding inspiration is actually the easiest, yet hardest part of doodling. My advice is to listen to music while doing this, and doodle what you hear from the lyrics or what setting you think the music is telling you. For example, if the lyrics depict people on a boulevard, doodle it! Add your own humorous styles! Another way you can do this is to doodle your surroundings and add your own creative twist! Some people say that art is a gift, or a talent. These people are wrong. Why? Because you just read about how to doodle, and now you can doodle your way around boring times as an amateur doodler!

Spray Paint Art Project!

Hey there!

If you’ve read the title, then you’d know that our Art teacher is cool enough that she lets us use spray paint for a art project (thanks Mrs. Mcrea!). Here is my artwork:


What’s that? You want to see the uncensored version of my artwork? You’ll regret that decision but… I’ll show you it anyways. Only AFTER you read my reflection on it. We started out with a stencil of our faces. The stencil was made with a Exacto knife. I like my colour and I chose them because they look like the tie-dye pj’s that I tie-dyed myself. Honestly, my stencil would’ve looked a lot better if I was not extremely bored by having to write poetry at the time the picture was taken. The good part about it was that the colour matching (in my opinion) was really good. The bad part? My face. Period. Like I promised, here is the uncensored version of the photo:

Told you!!!

I despise my own face,

Loring 🙁

My Artwork and My Artwork Reflection!

Before you read my reflection, look at the my artwork first-it’s a golden eagle.


Now you can look at my reflection!

What worked well?

The background really made the golden eagle stand out.

How does this piece make me feel?

It makes me feel creative.

What was hard to do?

Making the wing stand out.

What was the most imaginative part about your piece?

I think it was the background. It came to me in sort of an accident. So I was searching for white watercolour but there wasn’t any left so I searched for a replacement. Then I realized that silver would really sparkle, so I used silver!

What materials did you use?

I used paintbrushes, palettes, a whiteout pen, a black Sharpie, watercolour and acrylic paint.

What wasn’t good?

I don’t think I created the pointillism effect so well.

What did you do step by step?

First we chose a good high resolution photo of a selected animal, plant or item that meant something personal to ourselves. The we used the round eraser end of a pencil to create dots, referring to the pointillism affect. Then we outlined the parts that we wanted to by dotting a line with a black Sharpie.

What type of thinking is needed to create this painting?

You need to think about what colour mixes really well with other colours.

What did you think of my artwork? Please comment!


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