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July 9, 2009

Chubby Swinger Kid

Artist BIGAWK doodled up this crew-cut kiddo on dirty foolscap while waiting for some files to print. Four years later this time-wasting scribble is still scoring with the ladies (and men, I assume) and now pushing on 230 Flickr favourites. I'd say that's a big high-five for spontaneous art.

If you're creative (I suppose that's all of us, really), I'm going to assume you've had your share of mental blanks and where-did-all-my-talent-go meltdowns. Last semester, I pouted through them at least daily. But I've learnt (slowly) that it's all about tapping into that creative instinct, like when our chubby fingers were exploring crayons and basic motor skills.

Why do you think quick scribbles (like the chubby kid up top) are so spot on? And how do we tap into that creative instinct for projects bigger than byro and dirty foolscap? Please share your wisdom with me, doodlers!


sara Posted Jul 9, 2009
it's all about keeping your brain free of criticisms. no expectations mean you have nothing live up to and you cannot be disappointed in yourself or your work. :)

katie Posted Jul 9, 2009
i have a mantra:

play, play, play

Natalie Perkins
Natalie Perkins Posted Jul 9, 2009
Doodling is a big part of my work - it really does help loosen up your hand and your brain. I think people dismiss the humble doodle too quickly!

This is a lovely drawing - I really feel for the chubby kid on the swings alone :(

Dan Gillotte
Dan Gillotte Posted Jul 10, 2009
I agree with Sara and think that Lynda Barry sums it up well in What it is? (what is it? I always get it mixed up!) About that sad point as children when we start to ask "What is it?" and "Is it good?" If the mind is trying to hard and applying pressure, I think lots of great stuff can come out.

swinger Posted Jul 31, 2009

this is really good..........!


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