Image from Smashing Magazine site
Via Smashing Magazine, I discovered this interesting article on, Things You Didn't Know Your Doodles Could Accomplish written by Laura Busche . Although the post is targeted to designers, I believe it is also useful to mixed-media artists. Here are just some of the ideas that caught my interest:
- Flexibility: Hand-Sketching Improves Your Ability To Restructure Ideas
"Consider your initial idea for a project. At this point, it exists only in your mind. All of a sudden, you start giving it (physical) shape.......with external representations. You’re basically pulling the idea from your mind and recording it somehow. As long as the idea is in your mind, the number of changes and improvements you can mentally process is limited. Your idea won’t get anywhere unless you manipulate and enhance it."
- External Memory: Take A Load Off Your Mind, Literally
"Cognitive psychologists have been studying the impact of sketching on brain functioning for years, and with good reason: Putting ideas to paper is a powerful way to extend one’s memory......They argued that representations such as diagrams and sketches serve our external memory and reduce the burden that we experience when recalling ideas and problem-solving."
- Concentration: Ready, Set, Sketch!
"Sketching stimulates us to a comfortable level — enough to keep us awake, concentrated and engaged. As if this weren’t enough, other studies have found that subjects who consume information on paper were significantly less stressed and tired than those who use screens."
Take some time to read the complete post on the eight benefits of sketching. And then pull out your sketchbook - and Sketch!