Get in the habit of drawing

  • Sharing or even saving your doodles isn’t important. They also don't need to be finished.
  • Draw what’s in front of you. Any object will do.
  • If you’re stuck on finding a subject, follow a prompt ( e.g. Inktober’s “prompt list": words are meant to spark your imagination on each day of the month).
  • Try sketching your meeting notes. Use as few words as possible.
  • Start with something easy like drawing on a greeting card or drawing a small caricature of your face after your signature.
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Drawing doesn't have to be just an art

Drawing doesn't have to be just about making art. Drawing is rather “a tool for learning above all else." (D.B. Dowd)

Drawing develops the capacity for close observation, introspection, patience, and humility.

Drawing is also an important problem-solving tool, because it helps you visualize ideas and concepts.

“The significance of drawing in human history is not artistic; it has to do with the acquisition, consolidation and transmission of human knowledge. Drawing is about learning. Draw to understand, to record, to synthesize, not to perform. Draw to learn.”

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Drawing is a Natural Process

For centuries, schools have established the normal, natural process of drawing as an art, like painting. Drawing as a creative process is forgotten and distorted beyond recognition.

People see it as a professional skill, whereas it is about freedom, creativity and a way to observe and learn about the world around us.

Drawing is about the process, without any need of 'performing' or receiving any evaluation.

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Harnessing A Creative Spark
  • We would want to be ready when creativity strikes, much as we do not know when and where that will happen.
  • A simple, profound idea, if caught and built upon, can become a big project or even the work of a lifetime.
  • Any lesson or presentation (just like those school classes when doodling was a sin!) is a great time to doodle.
  • Any place is a great place to doodle, be it a whiteboard, a notepad, or even on our hands.
  • Our drawing ability, handwriting, or the quality of our ‘art’ is not a consideration, as doodling will help the mind work better in any case.

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