Joe Whale: The Boy Who Just Can't Stop Doodling
Sat, April 10, 2021

Joe Whale: The Boy Who Just Can't Stop Doodling

 

Joe Whale, 10, from Shrewsbury, England has been branded a trouble maker and a problem child at school because he doodles every time he gets bored. His notebooks, extra scrap paper, and any other surface he could get his hands on would always be filled with doodles, from imaginative creatures, elaborate worlds, to wild storylines. When children are easily distracted by this kind of thing, parents or teachers would often punish them, forcing them to focus on their homework or school projects.

 

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But, Whale’s parents are different. Instead of punishing their kid for doodling so much, they encouraged him more by enrolling him in an after-school art program. “One day, he came home from school a bit deflated because they weren’t doing much art, so we decided to find him some extra art classes,” Greg, Whale’s father, said.

Whale excelled in art class. A local restaurant, Number 4, reached out to his parents after seeing his designs on social media, which were shared by his art teacher. The restaurant offered a job opportunity for him to decorate their newest branch with his doodles. While his parents were a little apprehensive about the offer, they still pushed through with it. For several days, Whale doodled his way across the wall of the restaurant with his black markers. His parents were worried at first because they weren’t sure if he could stay focused. 

 

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“When I got there and saw what they wanted him to do, I thought, ‘Joe doesn’t like to duplicate drawings, so how is he going to fill an eight-foot wall without having to duplicate his doodles?' But literally, Joe seemed to get better and better. It was sparking even more creativity because of the scale of the wall. It was unbelievable to watch,” Greg said. 

 

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According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, Whale’s first project was a success. His parents started to share his works on social media and later called him Doodle Boy. 

 

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