Inspiration: Art

Chubby Swinger Kid

by Lisa Currie 5

Chubby Swinger Kid | Doodlers Anonymous

Artist BIGAWK doodled up this crew-cut kiddo on dirty foolscap while waiting for some files to print. Four years later this time-wasting scribble is still scoring with the ladies (and men, I assume) and now pushing on 230 Flickr favourites. I'd say that's a big high-five for spontaneous art.

If you're creative (I suppose that's all of us, really), I'm going to assume you've had your share of mental blanks and where-did-all-my-talent-go meltdowns. Last semester, I pouted through them at least daily. But I've learnt (slowly) that it's all about tapping into that creative instinct, like when our chubby fingers were exploring crayons and basic motor skills.

Why do you think quick scribbles (like the chubby kid up top) are so spot on? And how do we tap into that creative instinct for projects bigger than byro and dirty foolscap? Please share your wisdom with me, doodlers!

Lisa Currie

We all enjoy a bit of a doodle! That's why we're here. Or maybe you got lost and were searching for a whole other kind of doodle... uh oh. Anyway, hello! My name's Lisa. I'm author of The Scribble Diary, a doodling book to inspire self-reflection. Also my new book is ME, YOU, US to fill out with your friends! Come find me on instagram @scribblediary

Comments

  1. it's all about keeping your brain free of criticisms. no expectations mean you have nothing live up to and you cannot be disappointed in yourself or your work. :)

  2. i have a mantra: play, play, play

  3. Doodling is a big part of my work - it really does help loosen up your hand and your brain. I think people dismiss the humble doodle too quickly! This is a lovely drawing - I really feel for the chubby kid on the swings alone :(

  4. I agree with Sara and think that Lynda Barry sums it up well in What it is? (what is it? I always get it mixed up!) About that sad point as children when we start to ask "What is it?" and "Is it good?" If the mind is trying to hard and applying pressure, I think lots of great stuff can come out.

  5. hey, this is really good..........!

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