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Character Sketch

Blueprint, September/October 2007

Here at Blueprint HQ, meetings occupy much of our time, if not always our full attention -- or so it seems from the oodles of doodles that result from them. We asked Michelle Dresbold, handwriting analyst and co-author of "Sex, Lies, and Handwriting: A Top Expert Reveals the Secrets Hidden in Your Handwriting" (Free Press), to decode staffers' drawings. (Names have been withheld to protect the distracted.) See if your own scribbles match up to ours.

Flower Power

"People who doodle flowers are usually sensitive to the feelings of others," Dresbold says. "Filling in the circles shows the person has a lot of energy. He or she could be athletic, too."

To the Point

"The sharp lines and shadow show that this person takes care of details...and is probably business-minded." Dresbold notes. (No word yet on what a sweet tooth signifies.)

Out of This World

According to Desbold, star drawers value fantasy, freedom, the spiritual, and not being "stuck" in any one place (especially, one might guess, work meetings).

Cherry Delight

"The shine [this doodler drew] on the cherries shows that he likes to use light, reflection, and space," Dresbold says, and that he is very detail-oriented. The clear area about the central image shows that this scribbler also hates clutter, and, although the drawing isn't exactly symmetrical, there is still balance and logic to the composition, demonstrating this artist's ability or desire to control even erratic or unpredictable situations.

Flower To the People

All flower doodles are not created equal-and the (significant) difference is in the details. Here, a side-by-side comparison of two specimens.

Flower A

This flower's curves and swirls suggest that its sketcher is driven more by instinct and emotion than by logic. Keeping thoughts and feelings under wraps isn't this individual's strong suit, but passion definitely is.

Flower B

This flower is neat and spatially contained, suggesting that its creator is emotionally in check on the outside, but inside is battling two conflicting sides: soft (represented by the curved stem) and hard (the angular petals).

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