Inspiration: Art

When A Doodler Feels Lost

by Lisa Currie 14

When A Doodler Feels Lost | Doodlers Anonymous

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.

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


  1. These are beautiful and really sum up how it feels to be creative and the pressure we put on ourselves.

  2. Wow. So much talent at an early age. I hope you take it far.

  3. Lovely creations from a teen artist.

  4. Wow again. These doodles moved me, well, enough to add a comment. Thank you for sharing.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. I love your work! Great lines, mood and feeling.

  8. Love the Disappear one.

  9. 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 :-)

  10. perfectly captures my feelings...

  11. These are different from the up and peppy but beautiful none the less

  12. so... beautiful.. wow.. i just... wow

  13. Really hit a nerve. Thank you so much for this. The work is beautiful.

  14. Love the work they speak

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