What inspires me?

Does art inspire you? Clouds that look like faces? Sugar? Discovering new galaxies? Artists have looked to the world around them for centuries to gain inspiration. This year’s 10th anniversary of Doodle 4 Google asks students to do the same. The winner’s artwork will be made into an interactive doodle on Google.com as well as loads of scholarships and prizes.

Enter a Doodle

Let the doodling begin

Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2018 Doodle 4 Google contest, and create an uplifting doodle that tells the world “What inspires me.” From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for their school/non-profit organization, and a behind-the-scenes experience with the Doodle team to transform their Doodle into an interactive experience on Google.com. The contest is open for entries from January 8th – March 2nd, 2018 – only 8 short weeks!

Examples from our Doodlers

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Olivia Huynh

What inspires me is... art! All art, from prehistoric to modern, from things in museums to things on my fridge. Art has given me new perspectives and appreciations for everything. We all live in the same world but see it so differently. It makes me excited wondering about what kind of art I'll make.

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Juliana Chen

My orthodontist’s office was filled to the brim with plants, so every visit felt like I venturing deep into a jungle to take care of my teeth. My imagination would go wild with ideas as the doctor fastened wires in my mouth. Since then, I’ve found myself fascinated and inspired by bizzare, unlikely mashups in life.

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Pedro Vergani

In nature and science it doesn’t matter how small or big, wherever you look you’ll find complexity and something beautiful. In this Doodle I drew a tiny atom, a molecule, DNA, a cell, a plant and a forest, always getting bigger and bigger, if we had more letters I’d have drawn the earth, our galaxy and the universe too. All inspiring and reminding us of how small and also how big we are.

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Alyssa Winans

I’m inspired by all the charming, strange, and occasionally dangerous things that somehow coexist all together in our oceans. They remind me that things on this planet are wonderful and weird, and that there’s always new things to discover.

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Sophie Diao

I’m inspired by the huge variation to be found in plants. I often lose track of time just staring at a leaf, wondering how the shapes, colors, and patterns came to be. Every time I visit a botanical garden, I see a design I’ve never thought of before in my life. Nature is the most inspiring artist of them all.

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Melissa Crowton

I get inspiration from all of the beautiful places around the world. Fill up the tank, hit the road, and discover the hidden treasures in your own backyard!