I recently left a job where I barely had time to scribble ideas down with whatever half-chewed biro I happened to be clutching at the time. I’d leave the sort of indecipherable marks a toddler would be ashamed of on loose sheets of paper or recycled post-its. A plague of lists, excel spreadsheets and brainstorms all played a part in withering my drawing hand, and with it my capacity for creative thought.
Happily, however, I’ve recently been reunited with pencils, pens, fine-liners, erasers, sketch pads; all the apparatus of an enthusiastic draughtsman. Having recently joined theblueballroom I find myself in a very different creative environment, and I’ve embraced the act of sketching to communicate my ideas. As an illustrator and image-maker at heart, having this direct physical link from brain to concept is crucial, not only to my own creative output, but also my own creative wellness. I’m exercising my artsy side and that’s making me happy – good news for me, my boss, and the office as a whole. Not to mention my long-suffering wife!
I’m not alone in this by the way, a quick google search revealed a widely researched area in cognitive and pyschological development linked to drawing. Here’s a list of nine benefits drawing provide according to ledermanstudio.blogspot.co.uk
- Improves hand-eye coordination
- It can actually add synapses to your neurotransmitters This means that memories and experiences stored in your brain can become stronger, more vivid, and easier to access.
- Drawing helps your access the right side of your brain. Most people wind up as 80% analytical left brained problem solvers. More right brained activity allows for greater creative problem solving.
- Intuition increases.
- Produces positive brain chemistry like Serotonin, Endorphins, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine.
- Your brain stem can actually get thicker.
- Your awareness of your surroundings can get sharper.
- Your memory can improve.
- It produces an overall state of alertness that all of your other brain functions can use for improvement.
Some of those are pretty obvious, but one or two surprised me. The one about memory particularly – I could certainly do with sharpening that. I'd better get the pencil sharpener out... Now, where did I leave it again?