by David Fox
Just because you’re an artist, doesn’t mean that every time your pen hits paper, you’ll produce a masterpiece. I get it, trust me, I do. Sometimes drawing – even doodling – is just a little too involved, and the process of just simply trying can be exhausting.
Except, of course, when you use this neat little method that I’ve been unknowingly perfecting over the last couple of years.
I’ve been drawing my entire life, and also doodling on every scrap piece of paper presented to me. But not every doodle is created equally. Some can be cute! Some are breathtaking! Others are make you squint and tilt your head and – just – no.
The point of doodling isn’t always to use a lot of brainpower. If you wanted to be using your creative mind, you’d be sketching or drawing. This is different. This is doodling. The no-risk, no-strings-attached form of art.
Ever since High School, I’ve been trying to find a style of doodling that’s easy yet doesn’t come out the same way every time. I started drawing simple triangles, all that are connected with each other.
You can make them as small or as big as you’d like. You can fill them in with more triangles. Not only is it ridiculously easy, but it produces mild entertainment and can lead to aesthetically pleasing doodles!
Start with a triangle. You choose how big it is. Keep in mind that the bigger the triangle, the less you’ll be able to fit on your page. However, if it’s too small, then you may not be able to fit other, tinier triangles into it, which will be an option later on!
It can be whatever type of triangle suits your current mood. Use whatever pen/pencil/crayon/marker you feel like. It really doesn’t have to be any fancy equipment you’re using. Today I’m feeling particularly equilateral:
Great! Now – more triangles! Just feed off of what you already have, really.
Sometimes you may feel like making little patterns that consist of longer, slim triangles.
And for a bit more texture, you can add inner triangles. Draw three lines originating from the points of your triangle towards an imaginary middle. Voila! Inner triangles.
Another option you have is to draw out a shape and fill it in with these triangles for a really cool geometric looking thing. Here I’ve done a bird, and then re-drawn it on photoshop:
And now you can let it consume your life. Try it out for yourself and have fun with this method! Let it take you to the most mind-numbing, page consuming patterns, while also taking you to some really interesting, dynamic doodles.
About David Fox
David Fox is an artist who created davidcharlesfox.com to talk about art and creativity. He loves to write, paint, and take pictures. David is also a big fan of spending time with his family and friends.