Some people believe doodling is child’s play. Alternatively, doodling could imply that you aren’t paying attention. However, the reality is the value of doodles as an art form is frequently underrated. Doodles are an exciting means of expressing yourself through visual communication.
Additionally, science supports the importance of this art form. Contrary to popular belief, doodling improves concentration and gives you a clear view of your thoughts. Doodles serve as an emotional outlet. They are a mental state combining alertness and daydreaming, making them ideal for creative thinking.
This blog will share some of my go-to doodles for client and personal sketchnoting, live illustrating, and graphic recording. Each doodle symbolizes something unique to me; thus, they made it to this list!
Because of the extensive use of the internet and web browsers, the magnifying glass is often associated with searching. But you can also use this simple doodle to focus on topics you wish to emphasize or enlarge certain ideas.
In research, a magnifying glass doodle can also be something you want to highlight or stand out. In addition, you can use the doodle to show key points of information that have been analyzed or examined.
To sum it up, a sweet, quick, and easy magnifying glass doodle is a versatile visual representation of several identification-related themes.
If you want to doodle your own, all you need is two circles and a few lines that loop on each other to get started. In several of my projects, I include a miniature smiley-face figure holding a massive magnifying glass. The striking contrast in proportions makes things more fun!
I regularly use the eye doodle with visual facilitation work projects, especially for strategic planning and vision-setting. That being said, I tend to draw eyes slightly differently every time to keep things interesting. You can experiment with the shape, color, and additional features like eyelashes since there are no rules when it comes to doodling.
Like other symbols, eyes also portray several things. For instance, you can use an eye to navigate yourself to a certain point. The most common use of an eye doodle is to share a vision or a unique perspective on an idea. Of course, you can illustrate such inspiration with other icons. However, when in a time crunch, a little eye can go a long way! But that's not all. Eyes can also be used in sketchnotes or other creative storytelling projects to paint awareness and observation. An eye doodle ensures you know exactly what you're thinking about. Then, when you look back, you'll be able to identify your thought process with the digital eye drawing as a reminder.
As the name suggests, a target or archery aim can be used to depict goals visually. You can use this doodle to discuss objectives, reach them, or show they have been met. Furthermore, a target can help explain what steps you have already accomplished to meet these goals.
When discussing various aims, I often use target doodles in strategic planning sessions. This is because they are extremely versatile and can be used in different contexts.
You can draw them with or without legs as long as your bullseye is in the middle. They're easy to draw as they only consist of a few circles. In addition, you can add an arrow to show direction or connect targets.
I love seedling doodles as they express growth and nurturing. A little sprout doodle could indicate fulfillment or accomplishment. Likewise, it could represent an emerging thought or sustainability.
Although trees are also a good visual metaphor, seedlings can imply blossoming, new ideas, and so on. Moreover, you can customize your seedling as much as you’d like to add more meaning to them. In this case, inspiration is key.
For example, roots can symbolize details beneath the surface or additional information. Similarly, if your concept is rooted in or represents other ideas, a root system can help visualize their connection.
Location pins, or markers, have several uses. First, think about how you share a pin location to help someone find their way. Then, in the same light, you can use this exciting doodle to represent a specific spot, place, or point along your journey.
You can also use this doodle to mark the end or the start of a theme or track your destination. All you have to do is draw a circle with a tear-drop shape around it.
Something as simple as a marker doodle can represent a lot of interesting topics or narratives captured during a conversation. Little location markers draw attention to the path in my sketchnotes that capture an adventure or some form of experience.
Doodles Can Transform How You Communicate
Doodling means drawing or scribbling aimlessly. However, you can put these simple drawings to use by adding some creativity and meaning to them. Don't worry about perfection and let your flow take the lead. Also, feel free to switch things up and come up with your own doodles.
What is your favorite doodle and what does it represent to you?