Half a semester's work, right here.

Half a semester’s work, right here.

So I started doodling one day in class. We were watching dailies from the first project of the semester and giving feedback on what we were seeing as a class. Since five films are in production at the same time and since I was only working on one of them I found myself quietly copying down a paisley pattern off a scarf I was wearing to keep my hands busy.

If I’m not actively engaged in taking notes I find that I listen better if I doodle. Something about keeping a pen moving across paper helps me stay more attuned with whatever is being discussed- especially if the topic at hand involves someone else’s work and my mind is likely to wander.

I started this drawing figuring it would just be a corner of a page and that I’d probably forget all about it, but somehow I came back to it: the paisley turned into a flower. The flower turned into a fish tail. The fish tail turned into a wing, and so on. After a while I was doing all my doodling on this same page and my goal became to fill up the page.

Maybe this doesn’t even count as “art”. It’s black pen on notebook paper, after all and store brand notebook paper at that. I didn’t really set out to make art, after all, I was just letting my pen wander while in class. I’ve been scolded in the past for doing artwork on non-art material: one of my very first paintings was a watercolor done on the back of a page of continuous feed printer paper from the dot matrix printer in my Dad’s office. This was the early nineties, after all. Why didn’t I do it on a clean sheet of paper? Well, I didn’t know at the time that I was creating a Work of Art. I was just messing around with paints.

I’ve gotten out of the habit of sketching. It’s definitely a habit that needs to be practiced and if you don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to keeping in practice it is easy to let it fall by the wayside. Sketching and doodling, unlike formal drawing, don’t really need to be of anything in particular, which is nice and kind of freeing. It doesn’t matter if you’re rendering a 2D image or a 3D image. It doesn’t have to make sense. It doesn’t have to have meaning. It’s OK if you accidentally pick up a blue pen instead of a black one.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on April 1, 2014.

One Response to “Doodler”

  1. We couldn’t find a single turtle hidden in the drawing 😦

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