How To Doodle (For Yourself)


I started doodling around Grade 7. You would find my classwork notebook’s margins filled with inane shapes and squiggly lines. This grew to be something I would later develop.

As I went through a transition from school to college, I found I lost my self-confidence (even to doodle!). This stemmed from comparing myself to friends who were brilliant at drawing and sketching.

But this February, something (in this case my conscience, love for colour and imagination) pushed aside my fear of incompetence in the art.

This helped me in rediscovering that doodling is like our fingerprints, no two are the same and ideas can never be identical.

Doodling helps achieve a sense of zen and can sometimes be the balm to an irate soul. I can vouch that it helps in hand-eye coordination and can be as simple or intense as one wants their designs to be.

I discovered that it’s very easy to get started and that once you do, you make your own brand of doodles.

Here are a few of my creations:





Here are a few tips to get you started!

Remember that you are doing this for Yourself!

Doodling is what I call a self-reflective art. It helps one to forget irritants that they may be facing and brings about a sense of calm. One must remember that they are doing the designs for themselves and not to impress people. Doing so helps free the mind and gets your imagination flowing.


Choose a colour scheme (if you want)



It’s human nature to choose colours that appeal to individual preferences. So, why not set your favourite colour and its variant hues as the pallet to your work of art.


Start out with your own idea of a design

Believe me, I have been there. Muddled at what to draw. But the moment I started drawing rough shapes and my idea became a physical presentation, nothing else mattered. Since you are the creator and the client, you do your style. All that matters is that you feel good about it.


Choose your medium of colouring instruments

I prefer to use sketch pens from start to end of my doodling process. You can go ahead and use colour pencils and felt tip pens as well. Why not experiment and use wax crayons and watercolors while you are at it!?


Use unidirectional strokes while colouring

I used to colour messily and could not understand why my sketch pen nibs or my colour pencil heads got spoilt soon. I suggest unidirectional based colouring as it not only helps set a rhythm and momentum to your colouring but also helps in giving a unifying factor to your attention that gives an overall feeling of calm.


Make use of online material



Since doodling has been existent for a long time, there is no dearth of doodle ideas online. Make use of the web to get more enjoyable ideas!

I hope this helped you to get interested in art. May you make your own variant of it and be proud of your handiwork! Good luck!


Pic Credits: Meghana Ravichandran

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