Get in touch with your inner child
Hi! I’m Rebecca Jackson, organiser of the first Doodle-le-do in Australia, Doodle-le-do Melbourne. I think it’s appropriate that Doodle-le-do’s Australian launch is in the capital city renowned for art and culture. I’m also really excited to be organising and facilitating Doodle-le-do here as it’s a great opportunity to share my love of drawing and meet like-minded people.
I’m not new to drawing but it is something I have recently re-introduced into my life. When I was little I could often be found with a crayon in hand, decorating a wall or some furniture. I continued to draw prolifically during childhood, studying art in high school. My notebooks and school books were usually covered with doodles inside and out. I studied art at college for a year after I graduated and at this point that I came to the conclusion that I was not good enough to make a career out of art. So I quit, got a job and eventually studied Commerce at university.
Over time as life got busier I drew or painted in my spare time, but it diminished over the years. I continued to draw in the margins of my notebooks at university and work, but it was not really an encouraged practice. Then I got an iPad, went digital with my notetaking, and the doodling stopped. A few years ago I signed up for a UX Sketching class with Matt Magain, a local User Experience Designer and Illustrator. Among learning about wireframing and storyboarding, Matt introduced us to sketchnoting, and the love of drawing was reignited in me. From there I was using every conference I went to as an opportunity to sketchnote, have been invited as a guest to sketch at several events and have even presented about sketchnoting . Through this I get the chance to have many conversations with people about drawing and it’s always gratifying when someone steps out of their comfort zone to give it a go.
When Natalia from Natalka Design contacted me with the idea of running a Doodle-le-do in Melbourne I immediately loved it and set about figuring out how I could make time in my life to make it happen. I’m excited by an opportunity to share my love of doodling with people, and help people more past their insecurities and just enjoy the practice. I believe that everyone can draw, it’s simply a matter of setting aside preconceived ideas about quality and focussing on enjoying the practice.
If you’ve ever said the words “I wish I could draw” or yearn for the days when you used to pick up a pencil more frequently, then Doodle-le-do is the place for you. Doodle-le-do is already helping people get in touch with their inner child in cities around the world. Now it’s Australia’s turn.