This is my third post for this blog series on doodling. Please click here to read my first post.
As mentioned, I have included words in my doodle and observe the differences between this piece of work and my previous.
Basically, words doesn’t make a world of difference other than the fact that it increases the comprehensibility of the diagrams.
One noteworthy point is that this current diagram contains more disparate elements than my previous doodle – something which- to me – has more to do with impromptu thoughts than anything else.
While the previous doodle has more a more singular thematic element, this current doodle draws upon more sophisticated and complex elements of philosophy, zen, knowledge and wisdom. This doodle consists of elements from the human realm (humans, globe etc.), the galactic sphere (sun and the moon), creatures of fantasy (unicorn), and musical instruments of New Age (harp).
If one were to identify a common thread that runs across these elements, it would be knowledge and wisdom, as well as peace and tranquility.
The main focus is the human figure based on the elements’ proportions, with his left ear absorbing information while his right ear synthesises thoughts and observations (drawn in from the left ear ), synthesises the information and identifies common patterns to spark up creative ideas. This entire representation seems to be the creative process itself – drawing great ideas from the frequent observation of our environments. The castle should serve as a filter/gatekeeper to allow only the right information in, while the globe and lightning (which represents the environment and weather) represents the source of information and knowledge. The book above the globe represents one common, visual metaphorical representation of knowledge and the wind vane right at the top indicates that a right direction has to be taken to acquire the appropriate knowledge for progress in one’s journey of knowledge-seeking.
An interesting contrast was made between the sun and the moon, and it seems to indicate that knowledge-seeking takes place 24/7, and that one can seek knowledge both during the day when one is awake, and in the night, when one is sleeping (i.e. dreaming at times at a subconscious state). Both the unicorn and the harp (with the female musician) indicates a close association with the moon (often a representative of the tranquil and the serene). It seems to indicate that knowledge can and should be sought in times of quietness and solitude in the night . As for the eight (a lucky number in Chinese culture) birds in the sky near the sun , it seems to imply that knowledge is best sought in groups during the day, which seems to suggest a collaborative approach in knowledge seeking. A crowdsourcing source such as Wikipedia immediately comes to mind.
Interestingly, the human figure wears brown shoes (where brown is an earthy colour that often indicates pragmatism and practicality), shaped like a magnet that holds fast to the ground (which seems to imply persistence here).