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Here’s another peek inside my sketchbook, thoughts about doodling, and a doodle from a famous architect. In addition to the benefits of doodling that I wrote about last week, doodling (and other kinds of drawing) also allows a conduit for feelings or ideas that aren’t best expressed with words.

Left to Right:

- doodle from my sketchbook

- doodle from my sketchbook

- doodle by Frank Gehry of the Experience Music Project in Seattle, WA



Frank Gehry is famous for his sketches, which often look like loopy doodles. There's even a documentary called "Sketches of Frank Gehry". Here's what he has to say about doodling (or "scribbles" as he calls them):


"I know I draw without taking my pen off the page. I just keep going, and that my drawings I think of them as scribbles. I don't think they mean anything to anybody except to me, and then at the end of the day, the end of the project, they wheel out these little drawings and they're damn close to what the finished building is ..."


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Kids are often encouraged to draw as a way of expressing emotions or events that are painful to talk about. Drawing lets them communicate to others what has happened, and also starts the process of healing. Pretty amazing stuff, drawing : )


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This Atlantic magazine article on doodling says it clearly: “For most people, the big question isn’t “when did you start drawing?” but “when did you stop?”. 

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