Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Boardroom cartoon: The doodle bug

"I've no objection to doodling during meetings, but it must be within reason."

You may have seen a story in the news recently reporting that boffins have declared that doodling is now officially A Good Thing. A business publication I draw for regularly wanted a cartoon on this subject, with reference to board meetings (above).

As you might expect, I am a compulsive doodler. I often doodle a lot when I'm thinking up cartoon ideas. Sometimes they can help develop the joke, if you keep within the themes you're thinking about, but often I just end up drawing funny looking blokes. And clowns, lots of clowns. Here are some of my doodles (click to enlarge, should you wish to).

My cartooning pal Tim Harries is the master of the odd-looking bloke doodle. So much so that he's turned it into a regular feature on his blog, called Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday.

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  1. it's strange, perhaps, but thinking about it, i don't actually doodle that much any more -- at least not if we're talking about the pure doodle -- aimless, largely subconscious, while you're on the phone or whatever.
    busman's holiday type-thing, maybe... i dunno...

    i'd be worried about the clowns thing if i were you. (sucks teeth). very worried.

  2. Well, luckily I've sold a few clown-based gags over the years, so any psychological concerns are off-set by the satisfaction of money in the bank ;-)

  3. Glad to see I'm not the only doodler.

    Those are some scary looking clowns. It's the eyes... the cold staring eyes...

  4. I got an email asking about re-use of one of my clown cartoons this week ... from an actual clown!



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