Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Doodle Revolution


The Doodle Revolution
by Sunni Brown (her "Doodlers, unite!" TED talk is here)
Penguin, 2014
review copy from the public library

You could probably read/skim this book at five different times in your life and get five different personal life lessons from it. My big take-away this time around is that doodling is not bad. Doodling is a way to think and learn:



I want to teach my students some doodling tools so that we can doodlearn (yes, I just made that word up!) together.



But what this book gave me for right now (for today and this week and the rest of the summer) was a reminder that I don't have to wait until I'm an amazing artist to have fun with doodling. I learned to doodle new, more expressive stick figures, and use eye positions, noses, mouths and eyebrows to create a variety of more emotive faces:



And I returned to my TED challenge and illustrated notetaking by opening the TED app on my phone, scanning the featured talks, finding one with NOTICE in the title (my One Little Word for 2015) and received this excellent message from the universe:

Tony Fadell: "The first secret of design is...noticing"

7 comments:

  1. Super inspiring. Thank you for sharing this book and your thoughts...you've got my morning wheels spinning. xo

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  2. I just put this book on reserve a couple of days ago! And we went to a museum on Sunday and saw a da Vinci exhibit with his actual codex and lots of explanation of the kind of journaling/sketching he did. I do some Zentangle doodling...can't wait to read this book. Thanks, Mary Lee!

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  3. I love this book! I was just talking about it the other day!! I can't wait to revisit it. Thank you for the great post!!!

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  4. I love this so much! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  5. I've been sketching faces,lately. I call them my ten second sketch. I love capturing the different face expressions with varied hair styles. Some actually get bodies in various fashion, and I'm thinking to include some into stories in some future project. These faces are all over my writing note books. My to do list and memos turn into captions quite often. There might be a cartoon section coming.

    Yes, the doodle is so much fun.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I have doodle envy. I've always wanted to be one. Maybe this post and book are the key to unlock my doodle soul. I enjoyed the peek inside your notebook.

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  7. I have a parent, who I"ve had twice who is a doodler as a profession and he has a book coming out with Scholastic. Jason Tharp - google him and maybe we can connect. He loves to talk to kids and lives right by my school.

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