Doodle Bugs: Are You One? - Flex McCool
As of late I’ve found myself doodling a lot. Part of it is just I’m inspired by recent findings in my personal life. Part of it is that I want to expand my drawing skills but casually. And it’s also a good time killer for those rare occasions where I want to relax but also be productive. I saw something on TV the other day about doodling. Supposedly it frees your mind in certain ways that increases attention spans and can actually boost test scores. As crazy as it sounds, these casual drawings that have negative classroom stigmas aren’t actually a bad thing. Simply drawing off the top of our heads has some crazy inner workings with the human mind. At the same time I find I tend to doodle in patterns. I do a lot of robots for example. So here comes the questions for you to consider.
- Are you a doodle bug?
- What do you doodle? Is it thematic or random?
- What do the doodles say about your inner-self if anything?
- Has it helped you become more artistic?
Tumblr VS deviantART- Flex McCool
Ok so here’s the question I have to ponder. I can’t help but notice that a heck of a lot of artists on deviantART also have tumblr blogs. So does this mean that tumblr can act as a good complimentary resource to deviantART and/or vice versa? Or is it some other reason that deviantART users are also frequently tumblr users? Something to think about….
Cracking The Artistic Code - Flex McCool
In one episode of Big Bang Theory, the character Sheldon tries to develop a scientific universal equation for comedy. Everybody thought it was impossible as comedy isn’t based on math but is rather something a bit more human. Ironically I wrote a post up a while ago about comedy as an art (click here to see it). So my brother and I later had a big debate about art being the result of a fixed mental algorithm or not. I argued that there’s a possible system we’re born with to figure out aesthetics but that system changes through our experiences and is likely altered over time. He argued there was some unchanging magic equation that exists in all of us that determines what defines good art.
His argument included:
- Art theory has to come from somewhere
- Human beings are too similar to not have common ground
- An equation that versatile is unlikely to exist
My argument included:
- Art theory is rather loose and not mathematical, it revolves around elements and rules that can very easily be broken (see outsider artists for a good example)
- People have very different tastes visually and are not as similar as some people like to think
- The human mind is adaptive not fixed so any equation it has must be versatile
In the end I stand by my perspective and he by his. However, this is a question that I think many people will take their own stance on. So who do you think is right in this debate or is there an alternative option that the two of us may not have considered? That is a question for you to decide.
- A) Bright
- B) Full of success
- C) Ends in 2012
- D) Made with cheese