How to Doodle Waiting

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Step 1

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If someone asked you to create a simple doodle that represents the idea of WAITING, what would you draw? Let’s give it a go. Begin by drawing a square on the left side of your page. Notice how the vertical lines are quite straight while the horizontal lines are slightly curved. This imperfect square will become the back part of a chair.


Step 2

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Next, let’s give the chair four legs to stand on. Do this by using straight vertical and horizontal lines. Notice in the example how the legs that are closest to the back of the chair are longer, while the legs at the front of the chair are shorter. Also, notice how the legs that are closer (the longer legs) slightly block the shorter legs. To doodle this you will need to draw the back (longer) legs first, then the shorter legs afterward. And, when you’re done, you will have a doodle of a very simple chair.


Step 3

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Let’s now doodle someone sitting patiently in this chair waiting for something. Let’s not make this too complicated. Remember that the idea with doodling is to doodle simple concepts that will help get our ideas across as quickly as possible without much effort. To draw this person, begin by doodling an oval above the chair. This will become the head. Then for the neck and shoulders, draw a couple of lines that connect to the chair. Now add a little more detail to the head by drawing curved lines to represent the hair. Feel free to change up the hairstyle. Experiment with male and female characters.


Step 4

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Showing a person sitting in a chair doesn’t quite yet represent the concept of WAITING for something. However, adding a clockface to our doodle can certainly help us get this idea across far more effectively. To doodle your clockface, begin by drawing a circle on the right side of your page. Now use straight lines to doodle the hands of your clock.


Step 5

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The final step is to give your doodle some color. Feel free to play around with the colors. And there we have it. This is our doodle representation of WAITING. How many other ways can you think of to representing WAITING in a simple doodle?