Doodling to Relax and Recharge

Hello there!

My name is Jorge Pereira and I love to doodle 🙂

I have been doodling on and off since I was a little kid. I distinctly remember a memory with my father where I drew lines, circles or anything I wanted on piece of paper and he will make something out of it… I always thought that was pretty cool…

If you see any of my notebooks, they are full of small doodles. Always doodling while listening to telecons or in training sessions… I talked about this habit of mine in my Podcast episode 15: Doodles and Coding back in September 2017.

My mother died in early 2019, and something within me has been whispering in my ear to use more my creative side. and it got louder and louder as the year progressed. I would like to think it was her as she was an artist of many many talents!

So finally at the end of last year, I made a new year’s resolution to not only start doodling more often, and not be shy and publish them on social media as I go along. This was going to be my creative outlet for 2020 I thought to my self back then. Who knew 2020 was going to be the kind of year it has been !

I am trying many different styles. I started with simple ones and they became more and more elaborate. Then I go back to simple ones… 80% of them are made with pen and paper, but I also started using my iPad and the Apple Pencil.

A few things I have realized during this time are:

  • I like drawing in back and white.
  • Although I enjoy drawing on my iPad, it is a different experience than pen and paper which I enjoy more at this time.
  • It is such a relaxing feeling – stress disappears and the focus is just there, in front of me and it just flows.
  • If it gets too difficult then I step away from it, and come back to it when it is time.

It was a great way to pass the time while traveling, during hotel stays, but now during quarantine-time it has been really fantastic!

As of today, May 17, 2020 I have done over 150 doodles of all kinds.. I started to do them as cards using card-stock 8″ x 5.5″ paper folded in half as cards and my wife gave me 6.5″ x 5.5″cards a couple of months ago.

A couple of weeks ago, someone mention to me that my drawings reminded them of a friend who teaches Zentangle. I researched it and I was pleasantly surprised to see so many great artists doing this kind of drawings. Although many of my drawings and sketches are that kind of style, I had no idea it had a name much less what I was doing it … ‘ Pretty cool!

My main website / hub for everything Doodling Jorge is:

You can also follow my new doodle’s account on Instagram at:

2020/11/01-Update: I created a photo gallery on my website where you can find most of my doodles many more at: DoodlingJorge gallery here

Couple of examples of the types of doodles I make and you will find there follow:

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