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"Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box."— Twyla Tharp

An Introduction to the Visual "Thinking" Alphabet

When learning to think visually it's important to start with the basics. And it really doesn't get any more basic than familiarizing yourself with the visual alphabet.

The visual alphabet is made up of 12 basic shapes or glyphs that form the bedrock of every doodle you will ever create. It was first introduced by Dave Gray who is one of the early pioneers of the modern visual thinking movement.

Just as we have a standard alphabet for writing, this visual alphabet is used for doodling your ideas and thoughts down on paper. And just as the regular alphabet can be used to write down any word or tell a story, the visual alphabet can be used in a similar way to doodle anything in your environment or imagination that can then of course be used to represent an idea or tell a story.

Okay, so here is your first look at the visual alphabet:

The Visual Alphabet

To help you remember the visual alphabet, one of our Doodlers (thank you Dipankar) who is working through this course came up with a fantastic acronym that can help us remember and recall the 12 shapes. The acronym is OTHER SAD BALL:

Thanks Dipankar. Great idea to turn the visual alphabet into an acronym.

Here are a couple more acronyms to help you remember the visual alphabet. The first two are shared by Nancy, and the third example is shared be Neha. Thanks guys for sharing them in the comments 🙂

Here is another fantastic visual way to remember the Visual Alphabet using a US 1 dollar bill. Thanks Jay Hendon for sharing this creative idea. 🙂

Jay mentioned that: "I thought that remembering the visual alphabet visually instead of with words would be interesting and I just happened to have one U.S. dollar on me so came up with the following..."

The Visual Alphabet

"A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know." — Diane Arbus

A Top Secret Look into My Doodle Lair

Below is a top secret look into my doodle lair/office. 🙂

As you can see there is no chair in the picture. I actually do have a desk chair, but I do spend a lot of time on my feet. I have a standing desk that I can raise and lower at the push of a button. Very convenient, and I would highly recommend getting one. I of course don't stand all day, but I also don't sit for too long either. Sitting and standing throughout the day definitely helps take the pressure off my back — allowing me to doodle for much longer. 🙂

Please click on the images to enlarge.

The Low and High Tech Guide for Doodling

On the desk I have two monitors and a Wacom Intuos tablet that I can use to doodle with. However, my preferred doodling device is a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet (pictured above).

On the Samsung tablet you can see the stylus is very thin, but I actually don't mind it. It's something you get used to. In the photo you have probably noticed something unusual. Yes, it's a cotton glove with the thumb and four fingers cut off. The only finger left intact is the little pinky finger. This is of course done on purpose. I wear the glove while doodling and having the pinky finger of the glove intact prevents my hand from getting in the way of my doodling. 🙂 It also allows my hand to glide over the surface of the tablet far more easily. Highly recommended. 🙂

Working with the Wacom tablet is a little bit awkward because I need to look at the computer screen while doodling and I just find it very difficult to work with (it's a disjointed experience). The Samsung tablet allows me to look at my hand and the screen while I'm doodling (just like doodling on paper). This is much easier, and the fact that it's portable is a bonus. 🙂 In fact, all the doodles you see on the IQ Doodle blog where created using the Samsung tablet. But the videos... well I use the Wacom tablet to doodle in the videos, and as you can probably see it's quite an awkward experience. 🙁 Oh, and I use Camtasia Studio to capture my doodles on video.

On the right hand monitor you will see some doodles created using ArtRage. I highly recommend this software. I've used a variety of software applications on the PC, and ArtRage is by far my favorite.

When I was first experimenting with doodling I launched the Visual Thinking Magic website. To create the doodles you see on the site I used DeviantArt Muro online drawing software. It's free and I highly recommend it. It's packed with features and it's very easy to use.  Head over there now, try it out, and let me know how you find it.

And if you're after a very simple doodling tool, then I would highly recommend Simple Diagrams (thanks Gilles). It's certainly not packed with ample features, but for simple doodling it's ideal. It's also not too expensive to purchase. They do however offer a free trial. Check it out, and let me know how you go.

On the Samsung Tablet I use Sketchbook Pro to create all the doodles for this course. I've found Sketchbook Pro the most well rounded app for creating doodles. Although it's certainly not without its flaws, but it's well worth looking into. I believe it's available on all major mobile platforms including Android, Apple and Windows.

Of course, below the table is a convenient resting place for a fury four legged family member. 🙂

On the other side of the study I have a whiteboard. Within this photo you will see an example of my early doodling attempts when I was first getting started with doodling. As you can see, my doodles are very raw and rough along the edges. But you can probably tell what they represent. And that's really all that matters. 🙂 I will of course provide you more examples of my early explorations with doodling in future lessons.

Here are four other recommendations:

  • Mischief: I love the endless canvas feature and zoom.
  • Krita: I haven't personally used it to a great extent, but I've heard good things.
  • Livebrush: Has very customizable brushes that give you plenty of flexibility.
  • SmoothDraw: Free doodling app. Recommended by a doodler.

For those who prefer the old fashioned doodling method (the Da Vinci approach to doodling), I would recommend getting yourself a Moleskine and some fine line pens. Visit the Moleskin website for more information. But of course if you're worried about either losing your creations or your dog eating them, then you can always backup your doodles for safe keeping using Evernote.

I hope that this quick look at my home office/lair and the technology behind the doodles has provided you with a little inspiration to help you get started on the right track with the How to Doodle 40 Day Course. 🙂

Latest Update... Here is what I'm using now...

I am now primarily using a Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The Samsung Note was very good, however the Surface Pro 3 is my "go-to" device for doodling. The kickstand at the back allows me to get the perfect angle for doodling whether I'm standing at my desk or lounging around on the sofa.

The image below shows the Microsoft Surface with the detachable keyboard and accompanying pen.

Using Microsoft Surface Pro 3 for Doodling and the Bamboo Paper App

Because Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a tablet/computer I can run any drawing software applications on the device as I would on a regular computer. I have Sketchbook Pro and ArtRage installed. However, I tend not to use these programs. I only use them for specific purposes. For instance, coloring my doodles using Sketchbook Pro is still my "go-to" software app. However, when it comes to doodling, I  use Bamboo Paper app and Mischief.

Bamboo Paper App: This app is owned by Wacom. Wacom has put in a great deal of thought into this app. It's certainly not feature rich, but it has just the tools you need for doodling and writing notes. What I absolutely love about the app is that you can organize your doodles into convenient notebooks. You can then export your doodles into PNG or PDF formats. Very quick and easy. The app is free, however there is an upgrade available that gives you more drawing tools, notebook covers and various paper backgrounds. And I absolutely love the eraser. Such a simple idea to expand the eraser the faster you move your pen. Bamboo paper is available for Android, Apple and on the Windows Store. Click here to visit the Bamboo Paper website.

Mischief: Mischief isn't an app, it's rather a software application that you install on your PC. What I absolutely LOVE 🙂 about Mischief is the infinite canvas. There are absolutely no edges here to speak of. You can zoom-in and zoom-out as much as you like, or as far as your PC will allow before it runs out of memory. 🙂 This is ideal for brainstorming ideas. Also as you zoom-in there is no loss in resolution. Your doodle lines get thicker but the images are as crystal clear as ever. Finally, another neat feature of Mischief that's ideal for doodling is that you can select an option to have the brushes automatically readjust size as you zoom-in. For doodlers this is ideal because it means that you don't have to mess around with selecting various brush sizes. Just zoom-in for finer lines, and zoom-out for thicker lines. Mischief isn't free, but they do offer a free trial. Compared to some other software applications it's also quite affordable. Click here to visit the Mischief website.

"I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart."— Vincent van Gogh

Your Turn

Now let's get back to today's visual vocabulary lesson.

The visual vocabulary looks pretty straightforward, right? There's nothing too complex about these shapes, is there? In fact, I bet that you can draw them without too much trouble. In fact, I would like to ask you to take out a sheet of paper or tablet and spend a few minutes practicing drawing these shapes. Keep drawing them until you become familiar with each shape.

I can understand that it's hard to believe that literally anything you may ever want to doodle is a byproduct of the visual alphabet. The fact that you understand how to draw these shapes means that you now have all the skills necessary to doodle anything your heart desires. We will of course explore this in more detail in the coming days, but I do hope that this introduction to the visual alphabet has given you a little more confidence in your doodle abilities.

To finish up, here is a video created by Dave Gray. Within this 17 minute video Dave introduces you to the visual alphabet and also walks you through some other more advanced doodling techniques that we will get into in more detail as you move through this program.

Check out how other Doodlers went about today's task

Below you will find examples of how other doodlers of all ages have gone about today’s task. I invite you to join in and share your doodles by emailing them through to info@iqdoodle.com. It would be an absolute pleasure to post your doodles on this page to help inspire others along this journey. 🙂

Please click on images to enlarge.

Heron S. (Brazil) 7 y.o.

Natalia K. (Poland)

Joseph D. (USA)

Apolina D. (India)

Jan L. (Australia)

Tanya T. (Poland)

Damian L. (Poland)

Yvonne L. (Canada)

David R. (Laos)

Sadaf (Iran)

Nancy M. (Unknown)

Nancy S. (USA)

Kate G. (Poland)

Ryan L. (South Africa) 12 y.o.

Taylor L. (South Africa) 9 y.o.

Taylor L. (South Africa) 9 y.o.

Ligia (Romania)

Pinhan E. (Turkey) 7 y.o.

Renata M. (Brazil)

Jenny S. (Unknown)

Taner O. (Turkey)

Staphanie L. (Norway)

Marcelina R. (Poland)

Dhivya A. (USA)

Susanne K. (Denmark)

Mireille G. (Holland)

Michalina T. (Poland)

Nicole M. (Dom. Republic)

Ricky U. (Indonesia)

Emilia S. (Poland)

Ana G. (Brazil)

Adrianne R. (USA)

Coralie (France)

Coralie (France)

Sophie Y. (China)

Joanna P. (Poland)

Santiago B. (Brazil)

Abhay K. (India)

Sorana (Romania)

Lucy S. (China)

Anna S. (Germany)

Magdalena D. (Poland)

Dorota H. (Poland)

Dorota H. (Poland)

Adrien J. (France)

Sunette B. (South Africa)

Bobbie M. (USA)

Pippy T. (USA)

Daphne H. (Holland)

Lily (China)

Lily (China)

Nano S. (Iran)

Sonya (Canada)

Abby S. (Indonesia)

Joni O. (USA)

Petra H. (Hungary)

Agnieszka B. (Poland)

Anika S. (USA)

Daphne K. (USA)

Marcin P. (Poland)

Karla P. (Unknown)

Gabriela B. (Portugal)

Larisa Z. (USA)

Jackie C. (USA)

Priya T. (India)

Nikky F. (USA)

Tana L. (Unknown)

Rita S. (USA)

Kavel U. (Turkey)

Kavel U. (Turkey)

Claire L. (Australia)

Ana T. (Portugal)

Ines C. (Portugal)

Catherine C. (Belgium)

Kasia G. (Poland)

Dale M. (New Zealand)

Janova (USA)

Dorota (Poland)

Amanda C. (USA)

Becky R. (USA)

Vanessa R. (Venezuela)

Monica R. (Switzerland)

Suvarna E. (India)

Veronica B. (Holland)

Manuela K. (Holland)

Shudi P. (China)

Melinda B. (USA)

Shikha W. (India)

Eric Z. (China)

Yasmeen S. (India)

Ritu S. (India)

Dmitry T. (Russia)

Natalia K. (Poland)

Glykeria G. (Greece)

Reda B. (Morocco)

Lisha H. (Canada)

Lisha H. (Canada)

Sarang G. (India)

Kasia B (Poland)

Steve L. (USA)

Pamela K. (USA)

Karin S. (USA)

Judy M. (USA)

Ryan L. (South Africa) 12 y.o.

Taylor L. (South Africa) 9 y.o.

Scott T. (USA)

Adrian B. (UK)

Gaston V. (Spain)

Prasad (India)

Evelyn M. (Holland)

Natalia Ki. (Poland)

Margarita B. (Uruguay)

Susanne K. (Denmark)

Maynard M. (USA)

Martyna M. (Poland)

Marcelina M. (Poland)

Ricky U. (Indonesia)

Rosy M. (Dom. Republic)

Ketaki N. (India)

Brigitte K. (Germany)

Derek B. (USA)

Roxana F. (Germany)

Coralie (France)

Malvika R. (New Zealand)

Eneida F. (USA)

Abhay K. (India)

Tracy (China)

Arne A. (Thailand)

Lucy S. (China)

Anna S. (Germany)

Essam M. (Egypt)

Joaska G. (Poland)

Angelica A. (Phillipines)

Sunette B. (South Africa)

Bobbie M. (USA)

Renata P. (Poland)

Simon (China)

Lily (China)

Christine S. (USA)

Sonya (Canada)

Eliana M. (Italy)

Rebecca A. (USA)

Ravali R. (India)

Taachu (India)

Obi G. (Nigeria)

Cristiane G. (Holland)

Janice A. (India)

Karla P. (Unknown)

Gabriela B. (Portugal)

Lleslle S. (USA)

Krati G. (India)

Virg T. (Philippines)

Lauren C. (USA)

Luci M. (USA)

Yanka (Unknown)

Kavel U. (Turkey)

Kavel U. (Turkey)

Claire L. (Australia)

Aldrin G. (Phillipines)

Harry T. (USA)

Syarina H. (Malaysia)

Arkadiusz K. (Poland)

Abhishek L. (India)

Mikhael C. (Israel)

Siddhi (India)

Aryanna M. (Philippines)

Nija A. (India)

Shaheen I. (Kenya)

Kapil M. (India)

Zahra I. (Kenya) 7 years

Neha G. (India)

Jie C. (China)

Deb B. (England)

Aakash A. (India)

Sharon D. (USA)

Eric Z. (China)

Yasmeen S. (India)

Praveen V. (India)

Sayli C. (India)

Nishu H. (India)

Created using Adobe Ideas

Henry B. (USA)

Deborah D. (Australia)

Natália L. (Slovakia)

Lisa A. (USA)

Vivien T. (Singapore)

Gabriel (Switzerland)

Kasia B. (Poland)

Kelli T. (USA)

Stephanie W. (USA)

Karin S. (USA)

Fernando P. (Mexico)

Suenet L. (South Africa)

Radhika N. (India)

Norman M. (Mexico)

Marcia H. (USA)

Ingrid V. (Holland)

Melain D. (Pakistan)

Taner O. (Turkey)

Anna M. (Sweden)

Jeff G. (USA)

Susanne K. (Denmark)

Ambily A. (India)

Martyna M. (Poland)

Cesar V. (Spain)

Deborah D. (USA)

Rachel N. (Qatar)

Nicole Y. (China)

Taryn (USA)

Hedy (China)

Coralie (France)

Fran G. (USA)

Vandana D. (India)

Abhay K. (India)

John K. (Ireland)

Lucy S. (China)

Anna S. (Germany)

Dmitry M. (Russia)

Khushboo S. (India)

Khushboo S. (India)

Georgia K. (Greece)

Vaibhav B. (India)

Marta (Poland)

Anmol K. (India)

Lily (China)

Nidhi S. (India)

Michal D. (Poland)

Katie S. (USA)

Mary M. (USA)

Kasia K. (Poland)

Obi G. (Nigeria)

Judith B. (USA)

Judith B. (USA)

Ana G. (Portugal)

Ana G. (Portugal)

Denise (USA)

Shanta T. (USA)

Rittika J. (India)

Ethan P. (USA)

Maria C. (Mexico)

Maria C. (Mexico)

Aparna S. (USA)

Kavel U. (Unknown)

Kavel U. (Turkey)

Clara H. (Unknown)

Ana T. (Portugal)

Joelle P. (USA)

Amy S. (Australia)

Donna P. (USA)

Dr. Sid (India)

Ambica D. (India)

Ekaterina A. (Bulgaria)

Neil N. (India)

Ola S. (Poland)

Becky R. (USA)

Vanessa R. (Venezuela)

Fatima I. (Kenya) 7 years

Lori (USA)

Claudia P. (Portugal)

Jie C. (China)

Stacey C. (Unknown)

Mahira C. (India)

Mahira C. (India)

Dayana G. (Venezuela)

Maurizio T. (Italy)

Praveen V. (India)

Shelley E. (USA)

Created using iPad Penultimate app

Menno S.

Claudia D. (USA)

Adi P. (England)

Alexandra N. (Belgium)

Kasia C. (Poland)

Qiaoyi G. (China)

Kasia B. (Poland)

Rafa K. (Bangladesh)

Laura A. (USA)

Dave D. (Canada)

Peter S. (Holland)

Sankar (India)

Vidya M. (India)

Cecilia C. (Chile)

Nancy S. (USA)

Marie-Helene D. (Canada)

Kampol C. (USA)

Jenny S. (Australia)

Magda L. (Poland)

Anna M. (Sweden)

Eric B. (USA) Paper app for iPad

Daniela C. (Costa Rica)

Fabio G. (Italy)

Cindy P. (USA)

Nicole M. (Dom. Republic)

Mahi S. (USA)

Rosy M. (Dom. Republic)

Rick M. (USA)

Jon M. (USA)

Cheng (China)

Hedy (China)

Leigh W. (China)

Amy A. (Phillipines)

Joanna P. (Poland)

Amy A. (Phillipines)

Abhay K. (India)

Arne A. (Thailand)

Arne A. (Thailand)

Helen S. (Malta)

Anna S. (Germany)

Agnieszka M. (Poland)

Khushboo S. (India)

Rebecca S. (Australia)

Sunette B. (South Africa)

Agnieszka J. (Poland)

Sabina N. (Romania)

Adarshk (India)

Nano S. (Iran)

Helena S. (Czech Republic)

Michal D. (Poland)

Stephanie A. (USA)

Faatimah (Brunei)

Bart V. (Holland)

Aiswarya G. (India)

Judith B. (USA)

Michelle M. (USA)

Ana G. (Portugal)

Helen & Josiah (5yo) (USA)

Sarah W. (England)

Marieke K. (Holland)

Rose T. (USA)

Ethan P. (USA)

Monika K. (Poland)

Charlotte C. (UAE)

Katarzyna B. (Poland)

Bartosz Z. (Poland)

Kavel U. (Turkey)

Eleanor J. (UK)

Sheila S. (USA)

Nipun B. (India)

Krzych J. (Poland)

Lisa K. (USA)

Ambica D. (India)

Bilyana K. (Bulgaria)

Mikhael C. (Israel)

Ola S. (Poland)

Shaheen I. (Kenya)

Shaheen I. (Kenya)

Hussein I. (Kenya) 7 years

Lori (USA)

Jie C. (China)

Tulika K. (India)

Stacey C. (Unknown)

Mahira C. (India)

Samruddhi S. (India)

Sacred (India)

Hian (Indonesia)

Pallavi D. (India)

What's Coming Up Next?

On Day 2 of the program I will take you through some simple doodling techniques using the visual alphabet and the process of reverse engineering.

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100 Comments

  • Cherie Scott

    Reply Reply July 15, 2017

    This is cool! Can’t wait for tomorrow. How do I get the next lesson now!

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply July 15, 2017

      Thanks for registering for the course Cherie. 🙂 You will receive your next lesson within 24 hours of your previous lesson. You can however, gain access to all lessons at one time when you purchase the course from the IQ Doodle Store. I hope the course will be of value 🙂

  • JAGDISH

    Reply Reply July 14, 2017

    awesome!!!!!
    will definately keep me going and out of boredom.hats off to you mr.adam

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply July 15, 2017

      Great to have you part of this course Jagdish 🙂

  • Annemieke

    Reply Reply July 13, 2017

    Hi all the way from Namibia! I am so exited about this course! My problem is not my imagination…While reading a story etc I have the biggest one EVER, but drawing something from my own head is the difficult part…I can copy other drawings, but I want to find my own style and create my own little artsies. I really hope this will help me. Can’t wait for the next lesson!

    Thanks a bunch for this free course!

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply July 13, 2017

      Hi Anne. A big welcome from Australia 🙂 It’s great to have you part of the course. I hope you will find it of value 🙂

  • teshale

    Reply Reply May 24, 2017

    it’s very nice interesting! looking forward to the next course

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply May 24, 2017

      Hi Teshale. Thanks for taking part in the course. I hope it can be of some value 🙂

  • Neha Gupta

    Reply Reply May 1, 2017

    Doing day 1 activity is fun! I played with the 12 basic shapes. In order to remember them, I framed the below phrases:

    OH TALL BREADS

    O: Oval
    H: House

    T: Triangle
    A: Arc
    L: Line
    L: Loop

    B: Blob
    R: Rectangle
    E: Eye
    A: Angle
    D: Dot
    S: Spiral

    or

    ALL HOT BREADS

    A: Arc
    L: Line
    L: Loop

    H: House
    O: Oval
    T: Triangle

    B: Blob
    R: Rectangle
    E: Eye
    A: Angle
    D: Dot
    S: Spiral

    Looking for the next day lesson. Thank you!

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply May 1, 2017

      Hi Neha. Welcome on board. It’s great having you part of the course 🙂

      Thanks for sharing the helpful acronyms. Very creative 🙂 I’ve shared the ALL HOT BREADS acronym within the lesson section above.

      I hope you will find the course of value 🙂

  • Shaheen

    Reply Reply March 30, 2017

    hi

    Need some suggestions….

    i am a beginner in the digital world of drawing so please recommend what apps or software to use for doodling.

    I have a wacom Intuos 5 touch and which software or app will be compatible with it.

    For the Tablet, I have samsung Galaxy S2, please recommend the app which will be easier to start with.

    So excited to go through the first Lesson……

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply March 30, 2017

      Hi Shaheen. It’s great having you part of this course. 🙂 You will actually find the answer to your questions on this lesson page. Please take a look at all my suggestions under the heading THE LOW AND HIGH TECH GUIDE FOR DOODLING. 🙂 My personal recommendation for both the Samsung tablet and the Wacom Intuos 5 would be Sketchbook Pro. However, all the other options I mention are also well worth checking out 🙂

      • Shaheen

        Reply Reply March 31, 2017

        Hi Adam

        I went through the suggestions but could not make up the best app for me as a beginner.

        just wanted some guide lines but will look into Sketchbook Pro

        Thankyou

        • Adam Sicinski

          Reply Reply April 1, 2017

          Hi Shaheen. I started doodling on DeviantArt Muro. It’s a web application that you can access from any device or computer. For me personally, it was a fantastic starting point on my doodling journey. And the best part is that it’s free. 🙂 You can also create an account and save your doodles. Well worth looking into 🙂

  • Liza

    Reply Reply March 17, 2017

    Adam, I have just completed the activities for day 1. I find the practice fun and learned I like the open shapes combined with the closed shapes (unless I am making something like a ribbon). My confidence is already building, and I look forward to more learning over the next 39 days!!

    Thank you, Liza

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply March 17, 2017

      Hi Liza. I’m glad to hear that you are already finding the course of value. 🙂 I hope the next 39 days will also help you gain more confidence with your doodling skills 🙂

  • Neil

    Reply Reply February 16, 2017

    Thanks Adam for sharing the knowledge , looking forward to learn for the next 39 days .

    Sharing is caring , Cheers mate !

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply February 16, 2017

      Hi Neil. It’s great having you part of the course. Thanks for emailing through your first submission. Terrific start 🙂 I look forward to seeing your progress over the next few weeks.

      Cheers,
      Adam

  • Ambica Deshpande

    Reply Reply January 11, 2017

    It is awesome. 🙂 I totally loved it. Excited for the upcoming lessons.

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply January 11, 2017

      Hi Ambica. It’s great to have you on board 🙂 I hope you will find the course of value.

  • qiaoyi

    Reply Reply November 1, 2016

    After looking at the pictures above, I felt a little nervous about doodle.
    By now, I almost have no idea what to draw.
    Rather than drawing, I am just changing  the letters to their close picture form.
     Still,I determine to study all the next 39 courses! 
    Maybe it also reveal it's power to booster my thinking?!
    thinking, saying,writing ,drawing, each get closer to the genuine me?
    Thanks a lot!
    best regards!
    By the way, I felt  doodle need patience to think about  transferring the words or thoughts  to pictures. 
    I need doodle to open my mind! that’s it!

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply November 1, 2016

      Hi Qiaoyi. Thanks for signing up. It’s great having you part of this course 🙂 Doodling is a process. As you work through each lesson of the course you will progressively learn more and gain more confidence with your doodle skills. I would suggest to really give each lesson a go and to also look at how other doodlers have doodled each exercise on the lesson page. Take what you can from their doodle submissions and integrate these doodle styles into your own doodles. In time you will develop your own unique style that feels most comfortable. 🙂 I hope that the course will be of some value.

  • kate

    Reply Reply October 21, 2016

    I’ve no idea about doodling! Still excited to learn it. The first video is nnice.Looking forward to learn for te next 40 days! Thank You 🙂

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply October 21, 2016

      Hi Kate. Thanks for signing up 🙂 I hope you will find the course of value.

  • Jyotsna

    Reply Reply September 10, 2016

    Hi Adam ,

    It’s simply cool..

    I’m excited to learn in the next 40 days….

    OTHER SAD BALL….

    Cheers !

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply September 10, 2016

      Hi Jyotsna. It’s great having you part of this course 🙂

  • Charlotte Carvalho

    Reply Reply September 2, 2016

    Wow this is so exciting ….. Now to start the practice 😊 Can’t wait for lesson 2 😁

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply September 2, 2016

      Hi Charlotte. Glad to hear you enjoyed the lesson. 🙂

  • Nitul Ojha

    Reply Reply August 30, 2016

    Hi Adam

    Thanks for putting together this doodle course. This is my first attempt to learn it seriously. i look forward to discovering a new side of myself!

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply August 30, 2016

      Hi Nitul. It’s great having you part of this course. 🙂 They are progressive lessons that will build your doodling skills gradually. I hope you will find them of value.

      Cheers,
      Adam

  • Prajakta

    Reply Reply August 24, 2016

    Hi Adam, Thank you for making this course available. I am new to doodle art, but I am sure this course will help me to learn it. Day 1 was interesting! Waiting for rest of the activities.

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply August 24, 2016

      Hi Prajakta. Thanks for signing up and for saying hello 🙂 I hope you will find the course of value.

  • Rose

    Reply Reply July 11, 2016

    Hi Adam! I just complete my Day 1 of the course. Fantastic info! Great video by Dave Gray. I loved the doodles by other doodlers, too! 🙂
    Thank you for such great material, and for sharing your passion.
    Cheers!

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply July 12, 2016

      Hi Rose. Thanks for taking part in the course. It’s great having you here. 🙂 I hope the course will be of value. 🙂

      Cheers,
      Adam

  • Ken

    Reply Reply April 27, 2016

    Have never felt confident in drawing … look forward to developing in this area! I am purchasing an iPad Pro 9.7 with Pencil. Any suggestion of apps for a beginner doodler?

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply April 28, 2016

      Hi Ken. There are so many options available. I think it’s important to find an app that you feel most comfortable with, and that offers you features that you will find of value. Here is a recent article that lists the 24 best iPad art apps for painting and sketching. Please take a look at this list and possibly test a few of these apps to get a feel for how useful they might be.

      A great app that I use on the Surface Pro is Bamboo Paper. This app is also available for the iPad, however I haven’t personally tested it out on the iPad. Check it out here.

  • Cheryl McGrath

    Reply Reply February 27, 2016

    I have to say I LOVE doodling, thank you that was fun!

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply February 27, 2016

      It’s great having you part of the course Cheryl 🙂

  • vaibhav

    Reply Reply January 20, 2016

    First day,whoooh !! 😀 It seems good. Nicely explained! Thanks a lot.

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply January 20, 2016

      Hi Vaibhav. It’s great having you part of the course. I hope you will find it of some value 🙂

  • Sunette Bosch

    Reply Reply January 13, 2016

    Hi Adam

    A big HELLO from South Africa. Thank you so much for making the course available for free. Love the clear instruction and combination of text and video. Looking forward to sharing my doodling journey with all.

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply January 13, 2016

      Hi Sunette. It’s great having you here. 🙂 I hope you will find the course of value.

      Cheers,
      Adam

  • Xiangmei

    Reply Reply July 13, 2015

    Adam,,

    You really do a great job! the course surprises me! Thank you for providing such magic course for us freely!

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply July 14, 2015

      Hi Xiangmei. Thank you for your feedback. It’s great to hear that the course is of value. I hope you will go through all 40 days and take the time to put each day’s lesson into practice 🙂

  • susan

    Reply Reply June 23, 2015

    Hey, Just started today and its ineresting, its like going back to kindergarten but in an intelligent way. I have practiced myalphabets and will stick to the OTHER SAD BALL acronym.

    What i found interesting also is that almost everything i tried to draw had the shapes in the visual alphabet. Amazingly they appear in everything….I look forward to the rest of the courses and believe i will gain alot out of it.
    cant wait for lesson 2.

    Susan

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply June 23, 2015

      Hi Susan. Thanks for signing up and taking part in the course. It’s great to have you here. 🙂 This course will have a tendency to bring out the child in you. I hope you will enjoy and get some value from going through all the lessons. And it’s great to hear that you are seeing the visual alphabet within your doodles. That’s a very good sign. It will make the remainder of this journey much easier. 🙂

  • Coralie

    Reply Reply June 22, 2015

    First I’d like to thank you for this course. it is well done ! I have not used the acronym to learn the alphabet and i focused on the form instead :
    Beginning with the dot I separate straight lines from the more organic ones to finish with the blob/cloud. Hence :
    Dot -> Line -> Angle -> Triangle -> Rectangle -> House ->
    Arc -> Eye -> Oval -> Loop -> Spiral -> Blob.

    I send you these.

    Looking forward to day 2

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply June 22, 2015

      Hi Coralie. I really like your approach. Thank you for sharing 🙂 It’s great having you part of the course. I look forward to seeing more submissions in the coming days. 🙂

  • Debbie

    Reply Reply April 19, 2015

    Wonderful first lesson, thank you for including Dave Gray’s video, it was very nice to see how he puts it all together. I have been studying visual thinking for several years and am always looking for ways to expand my skills and understanding. I look forward to the next 39 lessons.

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply April 19, 2015

      Hi Debbie. It’s awesome to have you here working through the course. I hope you will find all the remaining doodle lessons of value 🙂

  • Suwarna

    Reply Reply March 25, 2015

    OMG! it’s simply great.
    It is going to be part of my one of the summer activities.
    Thanks

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply March 26, 2015

      Welcome Suwarna. It’s great to have you here part of the course 🙂

  • marvin

    Reply Reply March 22, 2015

    First day was great; simple way to put thoughts down with pictures!

  • Rainer

    Reply Reply February 25, 2015

    Much appreciate Adam.
    A universal language everyone can understand.
    Looking forward to the next lesson.

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply February 25, 2015

      Yes absolutely a universal language. Even if unable to communicate in a foreign language, you can still get your message across using pictures. 🙂 And I that’s where simple doodles fit into the picture. I hope you will gain value from the remainder of the course.

  • Renata Moraes

    Reply Reply February 20, 2015

    Hi Adan,

    I enjoyed the first class, was very good draw freely by the paper. Thank you for your initiative.

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply February 21, 2015

      Thanks Renata. It’s great to hear that you enjoyed the first class. I hope that the rest of the course will also be of value. It’s awesome having you here. 🙂

  • zerocool

    Reply Reply February 12, 2015

    Thanks Adam,

    This is wonderful start is much easier than expected, however i am +24 and nowadays facing a lot of depression due to lack of job but it would help me a lot to trim down some pressure.

    Thanks a lot once again for sharing this absolutely free. It means a lot for me. 🙂

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply February 13, 2015

      It’s great having you part of this course. The act of doodling can certainly do wonders for the mind. Learning how to doodle frees our imagination and expands the possibilities of how we think and reflect about life and circumstances. I’m hopeful that as you make progress through this course you will experience some of these benefits. But this is of course just the start. There is so much we can do with doodling to help us set goals, solve problems, make better decisions, effectively manage our emotions, and more. I’m currently working on a follow-up course that will help us do exactly these things. It’s under development but should be available within the next couple of months. I hope it might be of value when it is released.

      • zerocool

        Reply Reply February 13, 2015

        I am fully hopeful and looking forward for something more exhilarating stuff.
        And i opt doodling because the fact that it is very formal, easy to learn but much more powerful than procedural approach of sketching or any other.

        Best Wishes 🙂
        Thanks 🙂

        • Adam Sicinski

          Reply Reply February 13, 2015

          Yes, absolutely doodling can be used in very creative ways. I’m currently working on another doodling course that explores how to use doodling for self-development to solve problems, set goals, manage our emotions, make more effective decisions and much more. The outline of this course will be released in the not too distant future. That is where I think doodling can be of most value. 🙂

  • Norman

    Reply Reply February 2, 2015

    Hi.

    That was fun.

    Thank you.

  • Nancy

    Reply Reply January 7, 2015

    Love that I ‘discovered’ this course via another blog. I’m teaching my students (grades 3 – 6) how to sketchnote and most complain about not being able to draw/doodle. We are learning together. Thanks for making this available.

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply January 7, 2015

      That’s awesome Nancy. I hope that the course will be of value for you and your students. We certainly do get into the sketchnoting process a little later on. If your students do some doodles and would love to share them, then please feel free to email them through. I’ve had a 7 year old Brazilian boy go through the entire course and you can see his improvement day-to-day through his submissions. Thanks for being a part of this course 🙂

  • Sandra

    Reply Reply November 28, 2014

    Love the acronym…really will help the memory. Thank you for sharing!

  • Agapi Markogiannakis

    Reply Reply October 24, 2014

    Thank you so much for sharing the stuff Adam. I totally enjoyed Day 1. Just the right bite sized chunk to fit into my day. I will go practice now. Well done on the Acronym Dipankar. I wish I had thought of it 🙂 Now I just gotta get technologically savvy..

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply October 24, 2014

      Hi Agapi. Welcome to the 40 Day Doodle Course. 🙂 I hope you will find it of some value. I look forward to seeing your progress over the 40 days.

  • mahesh

    Reply Reply October 8, 2014

    It makes me feel artist after simple steps. Awaiting for second day lesson ! .what is the use of drawing 12 shapes (other sad ball)

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply October 8, 2014

      Hi Mahesh. It’s great having you part of this course. The visual shapes are like letters of the alphabet. We practice writing letters so that we can learn to write words, phrases and later sentences. Likewise, we practice doodling shapes so that we can later use them to create more intricate doodles of things and people. This will all come together as you continue to move through the course. 🙂

  • Lisa

    Reply Reply September 22, 2014

    I love this course! What a blessing to have this offered. Thank you so much, Adam.

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply September 23, 2014

      Hi Lisa. It’s great having you part of the course. I look forward to seeing your progress over the 40 days. 🙂 Thank you for your day one submission.

  • Len Matthews

    Reply Reply September 2, 2014

    Adam, absolutely c00l start, thank you

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply September 3, 2014

      Thanks Len. It’s great having you part of this course. I look forward to seeing your progress and feedback as you move through the 40 days.

  • Lydia Mattison

    Reply Reply September 2, 2014

    Cool start, breaks it down nice and simply! Enjoyed first session

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply September 2, 2014

      Hi Lydia. It’s great having you here. I hope you will find the Doodle Course of value. 🙂 I look forward to seeing your progress.

  • Deborah Davison

    Reply Reply August 27, 2014

    Great start! So far so good, can’t wait to draw faces with expression.

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply August 27, 2014

      Hi Deborah, we get into doodling faces and expressions on Day 14 of the course. Between now and then we will develop doodling skills that will lay down the foundations for those future lessons. It’s a gradual progression that takes a little time, but I hope it will be worth it. 🙂

  • Murugan

    Reply Reply August 27, 2014

    It makes me feel artist after simple steps. Awaiting for second day lesson !

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply August 27, 2014

      Hi Murugan. It’s great to have you part of this course. I look forward to seeing your progress over the next 40 days. 🙂

  • Claudia

    Reply Reply August 24, 2014

    Great Day 1 Lesson! Definately challenging my dominate left brain of perfection. I had to tell myself to stop erasing, doodles aren’t meant to be perfect.

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply August 25, 2014

      Yes, absolutely. It’s certainly not about perfection. It’s rather about getting our intended message across. Thank you for sharing your work. I look forward to seeing more in the days ahead 🙂

  • Alla

    Reply Reply August 24, 2014

    Thank you so much Adam!
    It’s very fun to start by drawing these shapes!
    I am looking forward to seeing next lesson!

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply August 24, 2014

      Hi Alla. Welcome to Day 1. 🙂 Another 39 days to go. I do hope you will find the course of value. It’s wonderful having you here and I look forward to seeing your progress over the 40 days.

  • Dipankar

    Reply Reply August 22, 2014

    Very nice intro, Adam, I am so glad I asked for your help on Facebook about doodling. I came up with an acronym for the visual alphabets so I won’t forget it, here’s sharing with everyone.

    O – Oval
    T – Triangle
    H – House
    E – Eye
    R – Rectangle

    S – Spiral
    A – Arc
    D – Dot

    B – Blob
    A – Angle
    L – Line
    L – Loop

    In other words, OTHER SAD BALL 🙂

    Thanks again Adam, can’t wait for tomorrow as I practice the visual alphabet or should I say OTHER SAD BALL.

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply August 22, 2014

      Thanks Dipankar, I love the idea of turning it into an Acronym. I love it so much that I’ve added it to the lesson page, and of course gave you full credit for the idea 🙂 I look forward to seeing your progress throughout the 40 day course. You mentioned that you will be getting your daughter involved. It will be awesome to hear what she thinks about the course and I would love to see her submit some of her doodles for each day’s lesson. It’s great having you here 🙂

    • Nancy

      Reply Reply January 7, 2015

      Love acronyms, and being puzzle-minded, I played around with a few more.
      Shoe Dart Ball
      or
      Do Label Trash

      Wonder if we can get others to contribute any phrases they come up with.

      • Adam Sicinski

        Reply Reply January 7, 2015

        Yes, absolutely. Acronyms are a great way to learn. I love your examples. Thanks for sharing them. 🙂 I’ve posted them onto the lesson page.

  • Heron

    Reply Reply August 21, 2014

    Thank you kindly Adam for sharing my son’s doodle 🙂 Let’s rock!!!

  • Jim

    Reply Reply August 20, 2014

    Can’t wait till next session.

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply August 21, 2014

      Hi Jim. It’s great to have you part of this course. I look forward to seeing your progress. 🙂

  • Henry

    Reply Reply August 20, 2014

    Thanks Adam! Looking forward to the 40 days.

    btw… love IQMatrix (Lifetime Member)

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply August 20, 2014

      It’s awesome to have you here Henry 🙂 I hope you will enjoy the course.

  • Brian

    Reply Reply August 20, 2014

    Thanks Adam, very interesting start. I’m looking forward to more.

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply August 20, 2014

      Hi Brian. It’s great to have you part of this course. I hope you will find it of value.

      Adam

  • Gilles

    Reply Reply August 19, 2014

    Je suis également très heureux de partager ce cours.

    Il existe de nombreux alphabets avec une représentation graphique. Voir Wikipedia http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphabet ou http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphabet. Donc le terme d’alphabet visuel est trop générique et je préfèrerais Alphabet de pensée visuelle. Qu’en pensez-vous ?

    I am also very happy to share this course.

    There are a multitude of alphabets that have a graphical representation. See Wikipedia http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphabet or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphabet. So the term visual alphabet seems too generic and would prefer visual thinking alphabet. What about you?

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply August 20, 2014

      Hi Gilles,

      Yes, Visual Thinking Alphabet does certainly make more sense and helps identify the purpose of the alphabet. For this doodle course, I’ll probably leave it as “visual alphabet” as it is the term that Dave Gray originally came up with. But you make a very valid point. In the live workshops that I run it certainly makes more sense to call it a “visual thinking alphabet”.

      Thanks Gilles. I appreciate your input.

      Adam

    • Adam Sicinski

      Reply Reply August 22, 2014

      Gilles, I like your suggestion about renaming “visual alphabet” into “visual thinking alphabet”. I’ll still keep Dave Gray’s original name intact, but I’ve added the word “thinking” in quotation marks to the title of this page to get the idea across that we are using this alphabet to help us think visually.

  • Heron

    Reply Reply August 18, 2014

    It’s really cool! I look forward to get the lesson 2 🙂

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