Doodles in the Margins

As I’ve written about before, I used to doodle quite a bit in the margins of my notebooks (and occasionally on school desks, though a good desk-washing sentence cured me of that quick smart). But while reviewing my previous doodle post, I realized I had never uploaded any examples of my smallest-scale illustrations.

So, from the production studio of an idle mind struggling to relate to the educational material in front of it, here are some of my best “itty-bitty doodles” for your amusement. 😀

Simple Anime-Eyes Faces

Because so much expression can be made with a sparkle in the eye, a twist of the mouth, and the lift of an eyebrow…I loved drawing these itty-bitty faces in and around my notes (and still do, if the backs of my church bulletins are any indication…LOL).

Happy anime-eyes

Happy Pokemon-style eyes



Long-lashed eyes, kinda flirtatious

Sleepy (or kinda ticked off/bummed…could be any)

Scared/unsure (waiting for my math test grade? LOL)

Silly face, mainly drawn near 3:00 PM xD

The Stick-Figure Circus

Most of these were drawn during high school–no wonder they feature me performing circus tricks, since you have to jump through so many hoops to be considered an “A” student. LOL

A tightrope-walker (my senior year of high school? LOL)

Juggling (and dropping) stuff
–usually how I do it

The process of a handstand…wish I could do it this easy!

Apparently, I Fancied Myself a Fashion Designer

Seriously, I used to design all kinds of spiffy fashions. Well, spiffy, but maybe not the best-drawn or the most realistic. My tastes were more towards old-school glamour in women’s fashion, as these examples show.

My attempt at a swishy skirt, semi-successful

A basic dress form (love the neckline!)

A little dash of “island girl”

The Paper Garden

Flowers, trailing vines, and all kinds of natural imagery garnished my notebook pages back in the day, and I still find myself doodling these if nothing else is on my mind (or if I’m trying to puzzle out something).

A basic little flower with balanced leaves

Vine twining around a dowel, almost like a morning glory

Clumps of grass and little flowers growing at the foot of a BIG OLE tree…just the right size to rest under and read.


Doodles, as you might have guessed, were a favorite pastime of mine (and still are, heehee). As a grownup, do you still find yourself adding a little doodle life to your memos, Post-It notes, and business meeting notes? (I hope I’m not the only one who hasn’t grown out of it…xD)

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