Doodling is important. It keeps your brain active, and an active brain keeps learning. But besides the science that I don’t quite remember, doodling is practice without fear. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t turn out well. It’s just a doodle. You can scrap it if you don’t like it in the end. This takes the pressure off of sitting down to draw and opens you up to experiment. You never know what’ll come out of a doodle. You could come up with a great idea that you never would have sketched out if you were too focused on the goal of a finished drawing. It’s also a really fun way to warm up. Just like musicians and dancers, warming up before drawing can help you get prepared to make better work.

So remember, doodling is important.