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Eyes: Windows to the Soul

on December 1, 2012
One of my eye drawings from last year.

One of my eye drawings from last year.

A misconception I have come across when discussing creativity with friends is that it is in its own category; it is not associated with other disciplines, such as psychology or science.

Well, I disagree.

People always have opportunities to be creative in everything they do, whether it is by being outwardly creative by making a piece of art, by solving problems creatively, or by incorporating an aspect of creativity into any analysis or experiment.

For example:

While looking back on many of the doodles that I have drawn both recently and in the past few years, I discovered a common theme: I love to draw eyes. I draw them absolutely everywhere and am highly interested in the prevalence of eyes in art throughout history.

Two examples of this stand out for me: Ancient Egyptian paintings and the symbol of the Evil Eye.

Ancient Egyptian Art. Credit: commons.wikimedia.org

Ancient Egyptian Art. Credit: commons.wikimedia.org

I have always been fascinated by Ancient Egyptian mythology, and along with this came a great appreciation for their art. In their paintings, the Ancient Egyptians depicted people with their faces in profile, which, as I was once taught, was possibly to prevent evil spirits from taking over the souls of the people in the paintings. If the people had their entire faces showing in the paintings, the evil spirits would be able to invade by traveling through the people’s eyes. However, with only one eye showing, there were no visible entrances into the people’s bodies.

The Evil Eye, a symbol seen in many different cultures, is said to ward off any evil thoughts or looks that have been cast upon you. The Evil Eye is commonly worn as jewelry, but it can also been seen in art. I find it fascinating that, in this context, the eye is given power to protect the wearer from evil, something with which I would not usually associate it.

I soon began to wonder what it was about eyes that had captivated me (and my doodling habits) for much of my life, so I decided to research psychoanalyses of doodles. While I found a variety of answers regarding the meaning of doodling eyes, two analyses especially resonated with me:

My personal Evil Eye from Greece.

My personal Evil Eye from Greece.

Since eyes are often considered to be the windows to the soul, by drawing eyes, I may be either…

1. expressing my curiosity and desire to understand people and the world

                                                      or

2. reflecting my inner self through my drawings.

Either way, doodling eyes is a consistent and enjoyable part of my life.

Creative challenge:

This leads me to today’s creative challenge: Draw an eye and keep working on it until you are satisfied. Then, look at the meanings of different types of eyes (yes, there are different interpretations for drawing big eyes and drawing small eyes, for example – but don’t look at the interpretations until you have completely finished drawing) and see if the interpretation that matches the eye you drew represents your personality!

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Do you think interpreting doodles is an accurate method of revealing your personality?

And which explanation of doodling eyes do you resonate more with?

Comment below to discuss.

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8 responses to “Eyes: Windows to the Soul

  1. I am not sure if we are able to really comprehend someone’s personality from doodles. We humans are so complicated and complex that even something as complicated as our doodles and drawings, cannot come close to revealing us as a person. With that said, I think the value of letting your creative juices flow any way possible is immeasurable. Keep up the awesome work! Love it!

  2. Zoe says:

    Do you think there is something else that humans do, aside from doodling, that could reveal subconscious parts of their personalities?

  3. Liz Dee says:

    Just their body language – disagreeing with Justin for a second, doodles can help us comprehend someone’s personality. Like in all art, the technique that one uses reflects their habits, feelings at that moment in time, and depending on what exactly the sketch is, can be a “small” view into their world, hence allowing us to comprehend someone’s personality. Obviously not all of it, but it does give some insight.

    • Zoe says:

      I agree, Liz. Do you find that your doodles, specifically, reveal true things about your personality?

      • Liz Dee says:

        sort of? depends on what I’m doodling. If I’m deep into it, then it’ll be a super awesome drawing which obviously reflects my awesomeness. xD Otherwise, it’ll show if I’m in a rush or something.

  4. Liz, I agree that it can give insight into someone’s world. That is a good way to put it. What do mean though, is that we are so complicated, that even if we get a little bit of insight from someone’s drawings, that cannot come close to revealing a person’s whole mind. There will always be mysteries, and that is kind of a special thing.

    • Zoe says:

      Yes, it is true that doodles only give us a glimpse into the human psyche, but it is still interesting and important to analyze doodles – after all, it’s better to have a small understanding of the human psyche than no understanding at all.

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