My teachers in school used to always take my sketchbook away. It was pretty unfair, because frankly drawing was way more fun that whatever I was supposed to be learning! Unfortunately now that I’m in college I feel the need to pay more attention in class, and as a result my art is suffering for sure.
I had a lovely Swedish and history teacher (I’m Swedish) who didn’t only encurage me to doodle during his lessons (he said he used to do the same thing and that it helped him concentrate), but he doodled little drawings of whatever he was lecturing about on the white board himself. It worked on his lectures but in more boring classes it just prevented me from feeling guilty about not listening.
And yeah, class or phone doodles tend to be great!
This is actually how the idea for the book I just sold came about– random idea that occurred and I begin taking notes on while on the phone. Sometimes it seems the best ideas show up when no one is paying attention.
The phone doodles are REALLY GOOD!!! do u have more?!?!?!?! You should post them if you do! I have the Menomena CD and i love it! Your art work is amazing! Did you listen to the CD when you drew the cover Because the words that you wrote in places come from the songs…I love your art work!!!!
I doodle incessantly in meetings, and my argument is that it engages my Right Brain while I work with my Left. But, yes, the imagination and quality of those doodles are so much better than when I sit down in an attempt to ‘direct’ my efforts.
These are so amazing… The turtle on the lower right captivates me. I’d love to see where he’s taking his rider… Just re-reading Blankets for the 4th time and decided to check out your web site. I am not disappointed. Please keep up your marvelous work!