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June 6, 2012

When A Doodler Feels Lost

Sometimes when I'm feeling sad or lost, I doodle. But I've always been a bit ashamed of the doodling I do when I'm not in an upbeat headspace. It's darker and sketchier than my normal stuff. There's a lot of confusing patterns and sad faces. As soon as my pen comes off the paper, all I want to do is scrunch it up and throw it away - maybe because it feels cathartic to get rid of it, but also because I have this notion in my head that doodling should always be playful and happy and fun!

But it doesn't always have to be, does it? I mean, if doodling is an honest chat between your brain and the paper, it can't always be just sunshine and kitten faces and those happy little circle patterns. Sometimes the pen digs in a little deeper.



I started thinking about all this after finding the online sketchbook of 17-year-old Jenny from South Carolina. She posts up pretty doodlings that speak about hopelessness and feeling lost. It quite intimate to scroll through and hear her inner thoughts... like when you notice someone, and they're smiling or whatever, but then for a second you catch a sadness in their eyes and you know that their mind is elsewhere for a moment.

Anyhow, I'm glad Jenny didn't scrunch these up and throw them away, they're lovely.









13 Comments

Laura Alice Thompson
Laura Alice Thompson Posted Jun 6, 2012
These are beautiful and really sum up how it feels to be creative and the pressure we put on ourselves.

Tim Hodge
Tim Hodge Posted Jun 6, 2012
Wow. So much talent at an early age. I hope you take it far.

Kerby Rosanes
Kerby Rosanes Posted Jun 6, 2012
Lovely creations from a teen artist.

David Swanson
David Swanson Posted Jun 7, 2012
Wow again. These doodles moved me, well, enough to add a comment. Thank you for sharing.

Virginia
Virginia Posted Jun 7, 2012
These are beautiful; detailed; dark and sad. Having said that I would say that art in all forms is not just a chat between your brain and the paper, it's a conversation with your selves.

Nicholas Thayer
Nicholas Thayer Posted Jun 7, 2012
when I look at these I can't help thinking about a 10th grade girl in my class. Some teenagers have great angst, which Jenny's doodles beautifully illustrate.

fathima k
fathima k Posted Jun 7, 2012
I love your work! Great lines, mood and feeling.

C M Carter
C M Carter Posted Jun 7, 2012
Love the Disappear one.

Henriette Swart
Henriette Swart Posted Jun 8, 2012
Well done Jenny!You have admirably captured that dark place all creative people knows so well. Looking forward to see more of you in the future :-)

Katie Lambe
Katie Lambe Posted Jun 13, 2012
perfectly captures my feelings...

Berenice Carmona
Berenice Carmona Posted Jun 15, 2012
These are different from the up and peppy but beautiful none the less

Paola Ivette
Paola Ivette Posted Jun 26, 2012
so... beautiful.. wow.. i just... wow

crfpaint
crfpaint Posted Jul 11, 2012
Really hit a nerve. Thank you so much for this. The work is beautiful.

 

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