How to Doodle
40 Day Course
I hope you're ready to pack your bags on an incredible journey through the wonders of your own imagination. This journey will bring forth the creative spark to help you break boundaries in the way you think and present your ideas visually. As a result you will be able to do more and be more. Are you ready to take the ultimate plunge?
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."— Leonardo da Vinci
Welcome Aspiring Visual Thinker
I would like to congratulate you for taking the first step towards becoming a better visual thinker. This first step is probably the hardest step for most aspiring visual thinkers. It's of course the step that involves breaking boundaries and stepping outside our comfort zone in order to learn how put our thoughts down on paper (tablet) in creative ways.
It's of course perfectly okay to feel a little apprehensive about this process. After all if you are like most people you probably haven't indulged in the act of doodling since early childhood. It's a shame though that schools don't encourage us to doodle our thoughts down on paper because the act of doodling provides great value in terms of learning, expanding your creativity, clarifying your thoughts and helping you overcome your life's problems.
My hope is that you will discover over the course of 40 days that doodling can be fun, easy and extremely beneficial for you whether at school, work or at play.
Over the course of the next 40 days I will take you through step-by-step how to doodle and also how to make the most from your new visual thinking skills.
What to Expect
So what have I got planned for you over the next 40 days? Well you will receive an email from me once each day with a new course module. Each module provides you with a short introduction about each topic. Reading through this information will provide you with the details you need to help you do some quick doodling/visual thinking exercises that follow.
Because we are working step-by-step through this course, each exercise from the previous day will build on the exercises you will do the following day. Therefore we will begin very slowly and carefully introducing you to the process of doodling and visual thinking. But over time expect that as your skills improve the difficulty level of the exercises will also be a little more challenging. And that's okay, because by that time you should be fully ready and primed to tackle them.
Each of the exercises won't take too much time. They are short exercises that might only take you a few minutes to complete. However, feel free to expand on what you are learning and put in a little more time into this process.
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"It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end."— Leonardo da Vinci
The Course Outline
Below you will find a course outline. I hope that this outline will help provide you with more information about what to expect over the next 40 days as you work your way through this course.
Introduction to the visual alphabet and the 12 basic shapes we will use for doodling.
Simple doodling skills using the visual alphabet and reverse engineering techniques.
Using the visual alphabet examples. How to doodle simple things around your home.
More examples of how to quickly use the visual alphabet to doodle all sorts of fun stuff.
Your first doodling creative challenge: Turning combinations of shapes into pictures.
Your second doodling creative challenge: Making pictures out of different shapes.
Using the visual alphabet to doodle cute animal faces with surprisingly little efforts.
Working with frameworks to help you doodle everything more effectively and quickly.
The importance of developing an ever expanding visual vocabulary of your doodles.
Practical ways to doodle stick, box, blob, star, and triangle people in a very simple way.
Doodling active people walking, running, jumping, resting, falling, sitting, crouching and more.
More doodles of active people crawling, splatting, spinning, thinking and more.
Testing your skills with doodling active people dancing, swimming, stretching and more.
Learning how to doodle human facial expressions using the facial expression matrix.
Turning random squiggles into faces just like Mr. Squiggle did it back in the 1980’s.
Doodling a variety of human facial features including the eyes, mouth, nose and hair.
Doodling more involving and complex human emotions and facial features just for fun.
Doodling human heads of all shapes and sizes, then giving them life through expression.
It’s all in the nose. Working with the nose to direct your character’s focus and attention.
Doodling faces on random inanimate objects to help give them character and life.
Doodling human hands and feet. Moving from simple to complex representations.
Doodling scary monsters with no rules or boundaries. Let your imagination run free.
Understanding the rules of how to show movement and direction within your doodles.
Step by step instructions on how to doodle three common three dimensional shapes.
Understanding the rules of how to show depth and distance within your doodles.
Understanding the rules of how to use three kinds of perspectives within your doodles.
Learning how to doodle metaphors and play with abstract words in creative ways.
Using your imagination and your doodling skills to turn abstract words into doodles.
Doodling is all about ideas and not artwork. Try your hand at the doggy doodle activity.
Explorations into standard forms of note-taking versus visual note-taking practices.
IQ Doodle Technique: Using fonts, titles and word pictures to express your ideas visually.
IQ Doodle Technique: Using diagrams and doodles to express your ideas visually.
IQ Doodle Technique: Using handwriting and captions to express your ideas visually.
IQ Doodle Technique: Using dividers and separators to express your ideas visually.
IQ Doodle Technique: Using arrows and connectors to express your ideas visually.
IQ Doodle Technique: Using bullets and icons to express your ideas visually.
IQ Doodle Technique: Using frames and bubbles to express your ideas visually.
Presenting the IQ Doodle cheat sheet and a couple of activities to test your doodle skills.
The various ways to structure your IQ Doodles and a couple of examples for inspiration.
Tips and guidelines for capturing notes visually and final thoughts moving forward.
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."— Leonardo da Vinci
"Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in."— Leonardo da Vinci
We Value Your Feedback...
Throughout this 40 course I will ask you to share your feedback as well as your doodles with me. This program is constantly evolving, and the more feedback I have from you the more this course will improve over time. I therefore look forward to hearing from you over the course of these 40 days, and I'm of course also excited to see the progress you make. 🙂