Do you doodle? I doodle. Here is something about doodles I didn't know: The word doodle first appeared in the early 17th century to mean a fool or simpleton. Now it means a semi-conscious act of drawing or sketching on a piece of paper when you are bored. Here is part of one of my doodles. The original is done in ink on an 11 inch x 14 inch sheet of Canson drawing paper.
This next piece is not necessarily a doodle but, I suppose some people might consider it to be so. In the beginning of my art education, the students had to do a series of 'Master Drawings' where we copied the masters. Each semester we had to do ten Master Drawings. The reason we did these is that our brain remembers what it sees and draws, thereby embedding the skills of the masters into our brains. The following is a copy of one of Dega's drawings and is done in charcoal on an 8 1/2 inch by 11 in sheet of Canson drawing paper: