"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one." Stella Adler

Doodles With a Difference
© 2000 Nita Leland

doodling rhythms Even the doodles you make while on the telephone can be a good drawing exercise. Your eyes, hands and fingers have muscles that need to be strengthened to work in coordination. One way to do this is to draw what you see, but another is to doodle, developing patterns and rhythms into complex arrangements. The more you doodle, the freer your lines become. Start with a short, flowing line and place another next to it, joining them at the ends. Make several lines, varying the spaces between. Then change direction and make a slightly different line, gradually creating an interesting abstract pattern.

For more drawing ideas see The New Creative Artist.

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