Doodle – margin artwork

Today we are going to talk about... doodle. What is it? I am sure that each of us has drawn it once or twice. It is an unconventional form of art that can be found in notebooks as well as urban infrastructure. Professional works of this type are even used in advertisements!

Doodle is the usu­al scrib­bles that we draw when we try to con­cen­tra­te, when we are bored or when we want to express our­se­lves arti­sti­cal­ly. It is impos­si­ble to deter­mi­ne the prin­ci­ples of doodling. It is defi­ni­te­ly no aca­de­mic sketch, restra­ined by strict rules. Such a dra­wing is featu­red by com­ple­te fre­edom. The only rule is that the­re are no rules. And this makes doodle some­thing incre­di­ble. The­re are people who draw the­ir works so pre­ci­se­ly that they cre­ate minia­tu­re works of art. Others, less talen­ted, draw vario­us lines, sha­pes, and let­ters in the mar­gins of the­ir note­bo­oks. Both forms can be reco­gni­zed as doodles.

Jon Bur­ger­man is said to be the “father” of this sty­le. He was born in Gre­at Bri­ta­in, and now he lives and works in the US. In 2001 he gra­du­ated from Not­tin­gham Trent Uni­ver­si­ty. He stu­died Fine Arts. He com­bi­nes many dif­fe­rent pat­terns in his work. Tra­di­tio­nal ele­ments resul­ting from arti­stic edu­ca­tion mer­ge with urban trends and pop cul­tu­re. Doodles resem­ble graf­fi­ti, often seen in the stre­ets. Howe­ver, Burgerman‘s work is much more refi­ned, beau­ti­ful, and sophisticated.

In 2008 Bur­ger­man issu­ed a 300-page book enti­tled: Pens Are My Friends. In the book, he inc­lu­ded a cross-sec­tion of his works from the past 7 years, all drawn after his gra­du­ation. To this day this artist draws pro­fes­sio­nal doodles. He works for big brands, such as Pep­si, Nike, Nokia, Albert Museum, Vic­to­ria, and even Apple. His color­ful dra­wings are also used in advertisements.

In recent years doodle has taken more inte­rac­ti­ve forms. Sure­ly you know the occa­sio­nal Google logos that are given “new life” in form of fun­ny dra­wings, moving ele­ments, or even games during festi­vi­ties or other impor­tant events?  This is doodle too!

Modern times and trends offer many possi­bi­li­ties for the deve­lop­ment and usa­ge of this art form. This sty­le per­fec­tly fits into cur­rent design trends. Look aro­und. Doodles are everywhere!

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about me

About me
ola /olga/ wróbel

Ola (Olga) Wróbel – born in Poland, a Polish painter and designer. She has painted and drew since childhood. She graduated from the Academy of Arts. After graduation, she started working as a designer. For many years she worked at the French television station CANAL+, where after a few years she held the position of Artistic Director. She was responsible for the image, the graphic design and maintaining the consistency of the TV station’s identification in Poland. In-depth studies of the work of Etienne Robiale started fascinating her and guided her further career path. For over nine years, she co-directs her own graphic studio, SOJUZ. She is responsible for design and illustration. Experience in graphical design has left a mark on her current creativity and creations.

She currently lives and works in Warsaw. She creates her paintings in her small studio in Saska Kępa. In 2018, she returned to the profession of an artist. Her paintings can be found in many private collections in Poland and abroad.




The foundation of my work is always a real pose which I’m trying to simplify over the years, striving to show the pure form. I’m not interested in details, but in conventional form, shape and functionality. I try to destroy reality, to blur the details of the drawing to express my visual point of reference to the human body. This is a surreal approach, in which I strive for total simplification. The human body in my paintings becomes inhuman. In the paintings, you can see a familiar, intimate pose, movement or activity that “I record” with a blotch. I’m constantly modifying and simplifying my paintings, striving for maximum simplicity, expressed in the form of my own organic abstraction, where the human body will be a blotch without any outlined details. My forms should dazzle with their shape and color, and permeate one another.

My paintings contrast with the contemporary concept of the perfect body. By simplifying the form I unify the human body. Details and characteristics fade away. Bodies become similar. In my body shapes I omit the heads, hands and feet, genitals and I get the effect of oval, organic forms. I place each of my forms in the space of gray canvas, thus thriving to obtain the absolute minimum of the influence of the outside world. Against the raw background of gray canvases, my organic forms and their function in the world exude their strength.


Actual Exhinitions

individual exhibition – Żywiołaki ziemi / Earthlings
Galeria Stary Ratusz, Olsztyn

group exhibition – SALON DAP. Wystawa Sekcji Malarstwa 2023 / DAP Gallery. Painting Section Exhibition 2023
ZPAP, Gallery DAP, Warsaw


Exhibitions Finished

2022, MARCH
curator / organization / group exhibition – Rewizje / Revisions
Gallery Pod okiem, Warsaw

individual exhibition – Ciało. Forma /Body. Form/
ZPAP, Gallery Lufcik, Warsaw

2007, APRIL
group exhibition
Gallery Pod Dachem Nieba, Ciechocinek

2005 JUNE
individual exhibition
Gallery Dorożkarnia, Warsaw

2003, MAY
individual exhibition of the Artistic Studio Bigos
Culture Club Anin

individual exhibition of the Artistic Studio Bigos
GOKRiS, Wiązowna

group exhibition – graduate works EAS
Gallery E.A.S., Warsaw

individual exhibition, artistic installation Poczułam życie jednym dotknięciem, /I felt life with one touch
Gallery, Cracow

individual exhibition, artistic installation Poczułam życie jednym dotknięciem, /I felt life with one touch
Gallery E.A.S., Warsaw




ola (olga) wróbel
artist, painter and designer
+48 663 441 066

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