“Thousands” of writing and drawing ideas

Have you had that feeling of nothing to write or draw? You really try to twist and turn your brain and force some ideas to pop up, but there is nothing there. Here is my little go-to solution;

If you don’t know the topic at all;

  • Go for a walk or take a look around you where you are right now. Use your eyes, what do you see of things around you, how is it made? What is it used for? Does it exist several types of it? Can you use it to something else? Does it make something (e.g. a knife cutting a tomato), if so, what? Ok, let’s say we are thinking about a knife cutting a tomato, tomatoes can be used for several dishes, maybe you could write about different tomato soups, for instance, variations of tomatoes, tomato plants? That again can lead to soil, growing, fertilizers, weather, greenhouses, animals eating tomatoes, people working at a farm… Knives again can lead you to think about the beginning of a story, types of knives, all the things you can do with knives can lead you further to other things… and suddenly one of those things is exactly what you needed to come up with the right topic, or at least hopefully…

If you know the topic;

  • Make a list of absolutely everything you can come up with having a connection to that topic. Write down “stupid” ideas too, they can lead you to something else. Then you can choose a few of them and see if there’s another lead to something you can draw or write about.

I always keep the lists so that I can reuse them later. It is truly a thousand of topics out there.

 

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On the side, doodle history

Note: Not meant to be historically correct, just my thoughts

Doodle and drawing, it`s been here as long as humans, we have always doodled in some way. Decorating cave walls, doodling on rocks, carving in wood and now on electronic devices. What a leap.

I wonder what people living thousand years ago would think of doodling today. First, we probably had to explain what a doodle is. The word doodle was first known in the early 17 century, and it meant something else.

Wikipedia. The word doodle first appeared in the early 17th century to mean a fool or simpleton.It may derive from the German Dudeltopf or Dudeldop, meaning simpleton or noodle (literally “nightcap”). It is the origin of the early eighteenth-century verb to doodle, meaning “to swindle or to make a fool of”. The modern meaning emerged in the 1930s either from this meaning or from the verb “to dawdle”, which since the seventeenth century has had the meaning of wasting time or being lazy”

a lot of questions

Then we had to show them our doodling tools, pencils, pens, etc. Not to forget our electronic devices. What would they think, I wonder. What tool would a person doodle with in 1018? I know they used among other things charcoals in cave paintings, maybe they still used it? And occasionally pen and ink.  I think they used metal point in the Middle Ages too, it was used directly on parchment and maybe other surfaces.  I think Silverpoint was most popular.

What surface would they doodle on then? When reading the history of paper I understand that paper was invented in China about 2000 years ago, but it didn`t come to a knowledge of Europeans until 1100 (but it might be wrong), so I guess my guests wouldn`t know paper.  They did have other options like tablets, parchment, and vellum.

I wonder if we would doodle the same, not things that didn`t exist back then of course, but like nature, animals and people.  I guess for most people living 1000 years ago life consisted of sowing, plowing, hunting, gathering food and wood, and of course, some people lived in cities too. Depending on where they lived they might have faced the threat of attack from neighbors or foreign invaders. Most of them (or nearly all) didn`t go to any form of school, but they all went through the school of life.

I wonder

I think it would have been interesting having a Meetup, a lot to learn, and so many questions to ask. I wonder…..

 

-Bird

 

 

 

On the side, first post. Hi!

I`ve concluded that I need a place to write about different topics related to doodling and my blog.  There are questions that I ask myself while doodling, things that I`m curious about, and sometimes I just want to write nothing and everything.  I wanted a place to share my thoughts.   This post is the first post “On the side”.

Hi!

Today I`m sharing my thoughts on a very, very important topic. Saying hi to the readers of my blog.  I wouldn`t be here if it wasn`t for you.  I`ve been here about 5 weeks now, talk about being late.  I`m really sorry

So how do I say hi? I would love to say good morning, good afternoon, good night and so on but you live all over the world. I can`t list all alternatives, or I could and ask you to choose the right one for you.  I want to say hi to each and every one of you with one word or phrase, so I guess I won`t.

And then there`s the language.  This post is written in English, so you all understand hi and hello. We have become a world of travelers so most of us, at least understand hi in a foreign language. Bonjour, Guten tag, hei, ciao. Wonder if it`s okay with you if I use one word from an additional language? Or would it be odd?

Maybe hi is too simple, I`ve searched the internet and found different ways in English; How`s it going, what`s up, what`s new, good to see you, how do you do and so on and so on.. but nothing seems to suit me.  Maybe I should use hello after all, or what would you say?

No, I think I stick with hi, that`s me.  Hi readers!!

 

-Bird