Karen Hidalgo and Jaaci Patterson

doodle is a drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be composed of random and abstract lines, generally without ever lifting the drawing device from the paper, in which case it is usually called a scribble.

Doodling and scribbling are most often associated with young children and toddlers because their lack of hand-eye coordination and lower mental development often make it very difficult for any young child to keep their coloring attempts within the line art of the subject. Despite this, it is not uncommon to see such behavior with adults, in which case it is generally done jovially, out of boredom. Typical examples of doodling are found in school notebooks, often in the margins, drawn by students daydreaming or losing interest during class. Other common examples of doodling are produced during long telephone conversations if a pen and paper are available.

Popular kinds of doodles include cartoon versions of teachers or companions in a school, famous TV or comic characters, invented fictional beings, landscapes, geometric shapes, patterns, textures, or phallic scenes. Most people who doodle often remake the same shape or type of doodle throughout their lifetime.

“My go-to doodle is this Pteranodon dino/lizard; I don’t know why but it’s literally my FAV!” -Karen Hidalgo, senior
“When I doodle, I usually draw eyes, but I’ve been drawing mushrooms lately. If not something specific, I’ll do a bunch of designs like tiny circles, lines, flowers, over and over again until it looks cool.” – Rosali Flores, senior
“I enjoy flowers so whenever I can I draw them specifically daisies.” – Beatriz Herrera, junior