This post is about the simplicity of free form doodling, or doodling without trying to create a recognizable picture. This type of drawing can be soothing after a long day, helping to clear your mind of all the things you may have been juggling or working on. This is a great way to unwind and all you need is a blank piece of paper and a pen.
For this doodle, I started by drawing a loopy, free form shape that is closed. You can make one large shape spread over the fold in the sketch book like I did here, or create several smaller shapes if you like. The trick here is not to think to hard or aim for anything recognizable.
I decided to stick with circles for this activity because they are so easy to do and vary in size. I began by drawing them in the bottom loop against the inside of the line, aiming to fill up the inside of the shape. You could also make circles along the outside of the shape and leave the inside blank. It’s completely up to you and what feels good today.
I love making the circles different sizes because it looks so cool to me! It also keeps me from worrying about uniformity or perfection. Remember we are trying to relax here.
After a while, I thought it would be easier to see the shape if I made the outside line thicker. I liked that idea so much, I also chose to make some of the circles with a thick marker instead of a pen.
I filled in the entire background to cover up a couple of small areas of the doodle I didn’t like. After coloring the whole background black, I liked having the empty white space here inside the shape. Filling in the entire shape with circles felt overwhelming, so this is where I stopped. If I feel like it down the road, I can always come back to it and doodle some more.