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Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes Volume 1 by Don Hahn, Walt Stanchfield

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70 Doodling vs. Drawing

To doodle according to the dictionary means to scribble aimlessly. A drawing, on the other hand, has an aim; it has a reason for being. It may be an illustration, a depiction, a caricature, a recording of some incident, a person, or a decoration. When making a drawing for animation or for animation study it must be saying something; that is, depicting an action or a mood, otherwise it becomes a mere doodle.

To further investigate the use and importance of gestures to portray an action or a mood, I have taken a couple of simple but expressive drawings that were made in our action analysis session and altered them to fit other possible meanings. The two drawings have what you might call a basic stance, one standing and ...

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