Doodling: The Serious Importance of Being Silly. ~ David Cohen

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on Apr 14, 2012
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(Return of Flight School by David Cohen)

I call my drawings doodles because by and large they are spontaneously made and I try to inject them with big doses of whimsy, joy, empathy and love.

I don’t sketch first. I draw directly with markers because I like that you can’t erase them. There is something beautifully final about ink touching paper. Somehow it liberates me from over-thinking, leaving me no choice, but to trust the flow.

A long time ago I realized that I didn’t want to make cynical art. I wanted to celebrate moments of joy in life: the beautiful days, the sweetness of kisses, the warmth of hugs, the serious importance of being a little silly. Personally, I think the practice of spreading smiles is vastly underrated, so is the habit of noticing happiness.  Doodling is a way I try to do both.

Thank you for taking a peek. I hope my little inky improvisations make you smile, and maybe brighten your day.

(Our Little Island by David Cohen)
(Wherever the Winds Take You by David Cohen)
(Nature Spirit by David Cohen)
(Love Dance Mandala by David Cohen)
(Moods Pachyderm)
(Pick Your Paint Can by David Cohen)
(Oblivious by David Cohen)
(A Change of POV by David Cohen)
(Among the Pretty Flowers by David Cohen)


“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a
listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all
of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

~ Leo F. Buscaglia


David Cohen is an artist and brand therapist in Atlanta, GA. He has lots of magic markers.  When he’s not doodling or walking his dog, he coaches individuals to build a deeper, personal, more meaningful connection with the work they do. In his words, “you have to go through the head and the heart if you want to tell your true story.”

David also hosts The Be A Beacon Show and he was the official artist for TEDxPeachtree 2011. Find out more about David and see many more of his drawings by visiting or follow him on Twitter @DavidSCohen.



Editor: Andrea B.


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8 Responses to “Doodling: The Serious Importance of Being Silly. ~ David Cohen”

  1. Wonderful drawings that lift the spirit! Change of POV is one of my faves. Thank you, David!

  2. Barbara says:

    Nice pictures David, thanks.

  3. davidscohen says:

    Thank you Lynn! This is my first display here, but I hope to share more here in the future.

  4. davidscohen says:

    Thank you Barbara!

  5. […] doodle hero David Cohen talks about his views on doodling here. Please give it a read. It made me cry. (In a from – the – heart […]

  6. davidscohen says:

    Andréa, thanks for adding the Leo Buscaglia quote – it's perfect!

  7. Andréa Balt says:

    Yay, I thought so.

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