As you may recall, every quarter we release a new Doodles for Your Noodles. We kicked off 2016 with a great roundup of doodles, but that was nothing when you see what came next!
The last three months ushered in a more dramatic cast of characters, geometric shapes and bizarre scenes than ever before. Keep in mind these doodles are entirely organic. All we do is add a new banner to our Northeast Conference Room every three months and voila! the imaginations of Art Force staff run wild.
Wild? Wild do they run, indeed! Click through the Class of Q1 in the slider or check out some collages by each category below.
Doodles for Your Noodles
At Art Force, we support doodling with artistic fervor. In fact, you could say we love everything about it! Doodling is something like yoga for the brain. Or perhaps meditation, with a little a stream of conscious running through it. Can you hear it’s gentle pitter-patter as the ink drains from your pen?
But doodling, is it not a distraction? Well, devil’s advocate… In short, quite the opposite, thank you very much.
As we mentioned in our inaugural doodle post a few months back, loads of research backs the positive benefits of doodling. Not only does it help us concentrate by stimulating our executive resources, but it promotes creativity and sometimes just might create connections you didn’t even know were there. Doodling can even help us do something we are designed to be very bad at: multitasking.
“Studies have shown that performance suffers significantly when people try to polish off several tasks at once.” writes Theresa Fisher at Science.Mic. “Doodling, however, is about the only thing our brains can take on when we’re already doing something else. It’s mindless enough not to cause “cognitive overload,” but just stimulating enough to prevent spacing out.”
Thus, doodling equals improved concentration!
In a way, doodles are like dreams. A lot of the time, they don’t make all that much sense at first glance. But the more you peal back the layers, the more you begin to understand their nature and origin. Of course, their origin is your brain. Their nature, however, likely tells you a thing or two about something you value or desire. It’s the language of your brain!
While a few months back the doodles stuck closely to the categories of silly characters, strange symmetry, and swirly-twirly stormy formations, this quarter we saw some more of the same with some unexpected twists. Some of the creatures below are silly, but some just might be viewed as down right bizarre.
Silly creatures come from a playful place – a creative place – and demonstrate a sense of humor. They also show imagination; the mind taking familiar attributes like eyes or ears and putting them in funny places. The folks who created these pieces of doodle art were probably not taking themselves very seriously. They were instead giving their minds a little breathing room, and admittedly, might have been pandering to this very blog post just a tad. (Hey, we’ll take it!)
Another interesting trend from this category was anthropomorphism. Anthropomorphism is defined as “the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object.” From the very literal half-cat, half-woman, to the merman (or is it Swamp Thing?), these creatures say a thing or two about the human tendency to ascribe human like attributes to non-human things. What can we say? We draw what we know.
Geometric & Pattern Doodles
Geometry is one of the many languages of the universe, and is vital to our place and understanding in the grand scheme of larger things. Geometric shapes provide comfort in order. Your brain can set out on designing a geometric shape and quite satisfyingly complete that task in a single, brief moment.
From afar, the shapes become pleasing to our brains’ most essential and primary of tasks: pattern recognition. BrainThink.com wrote an illuminating piece on the special power of human-based pattern recognition.
“Quite simply, humans are amazing pattern-recognition machines.” writes “recursive probabalistic fractals” into concrete, actionable steps.”. “They have the ability to recognize many different types of patterns – and then transform these
In so much, one has to wonder what our geometric-lovers were mulling over in our conference room when these images were born. Most certainly, these brief cranial massages at least led to actionable steps.
Fantasy Land Doodles
Ever need to get away? While doodling can certainly aid concentration, sometimes it also helps to spend a little more time on a doodle, perhaps even for a breather.
If you can’t be in the mountains, draw an elf walking down your favorite mountain path. If your castle is still a few hours away, maybe build a new one from ink. The idea is simple. We take lunches and breaks for a reason! The mind needs time to process the immense amount of daily input, and sometimes, when you are lucky, this is the output.
By the way, can we please take a moment to honor Catstonia? In tuna we trust, now that is something most of the internet can agree on. That, or groan, and then come back for seconds like Mittens to his milk saucer.
Because, Why Not? Doodles
Some of these doodles just felt right for all the wrong reasons. Why not doodle with a noodle on a poodle eating strudel? Why not water the creepiest family tree you’ve ever seen in your life?
Why not Huzzah! and praise the sun? Why not doodle?
We hope this will get you inspired. Don’t forget, “doodle” starts with “do”. So here’s to doing.