The Art of Doodling: Exercises to Boost Memory and Creativity

Cathy Wu, Freelance designer & illustrator

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10 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Introduction: Why Doodling?

      1:35
    • 2. Project: Doodle with Shapes, Slogans, Stories & Sounds

      1:42
    • 3. Mindset

      1:25
    • 4. Strategies

      3:32
    • 5. Speed Doodle Demo

      1:18
    • 6. Part 1: Shapes

      4:51
    • 7. Part 2: Slogans

      5:43
    • 8. Part 3: Stories

      4:56
    • 9. Part 4: Sounds

      3:06
    • 10. Words of Encouragement

      1:32
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Project Description

Doodle with Shapes, Slogans, Stories & Sounds

ASSIGNMENT & DELIVERABLE

For each exercise, produce a set of doodles that apply the techniques demonstrated and discussed in the section. The final deliverable will be four sets of doodles, one from each exercise.

Part 1: Shapes

  • Draw 5 abstract shapes into animals
  • Create your own or use attached template
  • Post both before and after drawings in project gallery

Part 2: Slogans

  • Choose a word or short phrase (1-3 words)
  • Draw at least 10 variations – 5 type style and 5 illustrated style

Part 3: Stories

  • Create a character and imagine their story based on a prompt around you
  • Illustrate –
  1. Your prompt-based character
  2. What makes them happy
  3. What makes them upset
  4. Their reactions in 3 unique scenarios

Part 4: Sounds

  • Listen to a talk while doodling to enhance focus and memory
  • Incorporate at least one key word or theme from the talk into drawings
  • Doodle to enhance/accompany listening
  • Try to incorporate techniques from previous exercises

RESOURCES

  • TED talks – https://www.ted.com/talks

Post your progress for each exercise as you go! You may base your prompts off of my examples, or come up with your own. Don't forget to cite your inspiration sources.

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