Downtime Doodles


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Just a few days ago I passed around a sketchbook to a few coworkers who agreed to doodle using anything around them during the downtime…which lasted all day. The idea came from a very similar project I had going a few years back but fell through due to a participant losing the sketchbook in the abyss. There’s no argument that the best ideas come to us during the times we shouldn’t be drawing – namely work or a class lecture. I wanted to capture these ideas as well as keep each other’s right side of the brain churning while working the grind.

I couldn’t get as many participants as I wanted. But those who have really dove into it and were kind enough to let me post their downtime doodles here.

I was kind of the first participant. This page seen on the right wasn’t meant to be part of the project as I realized the sketchbook I wanted to use for the project…was the one I was using when doodling my attempts at combining the style of pudgy Final Fantasy III characters with SoD. I was hoping the other artists would mangle this page, or at least give the midget Squire C a background to stand in. But anyway…to the other artists:

VDub went ahead and doodled this fun little animal race. You’d have to excuse the dark corner on the right – the spiral binding prevented the scanner from sitting flat. After the sketchbook made its rounds, she decided she wasn’t all that much done yet and added a second piece. Pretty nifty!

On a side note – the definition of neoteny

After VDub made her mark, she passed it on to Wes who dove in and scrawled what was in his brain:

And from the last participant, Dimitri offers his skills in doodling something of the fantasy type. He wasn’t all that satisfied with the results and decided to scrawl in what the drawing does to him.

But VDub wasn’t done yet. Near the end of the work day, she decided to throw us into an epic improvisational tale told in cheap oil pastels.

So it was basically me, VDub, Wes, and Kyle each taking a pastel and continuing the story from where the last person left off. Me: red, VDub: orange, Wes: green, Kyle: black.

In a nutshell, if I can remember the story… it basically involved an orange riding in a Disney rocket ride, smoking a clove while a religious battle between goth zombie mormons and alien televangelists rages upon the polluted soil of Hollywood. God downloading some questionable content and a Jewish Chewbacca also starred in the tale. Good times!

Anyhoo, HUGE thanks to VDub, Wes, Dimitri, and Kyle for drawing these fun doodles in my cheapo sketchbook and letting me post their downtime glory!!

Also, while our doodles may not be works of DaVinci or Monet they do belong to their respective artists, PLEASE do not steal these images. Thanks.

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3 thoughts on “Downtime Doodles

  1. Anne Tai says:

    Ah! That you do! Aw, thanks :)! Holy hell, I actually have a few stickies to scan and send you :). Expect a few sometime soon :D.

  2. Vdub says:

    good stuff good stuff. That was easily the highlight of my day right there.

    By the way, here’s my favorite definition of Neoteny, as written by the great Tom Robbins.

    “”Neoteny” is “remaining young, ” and it may be ironic that it is so little known, because human evolution has been dominated by it. Humans have evolved to their relatively high state by retaining the immature characteristics of their ancestors. Humans are the most advanced of mammals — although a case could be made for the dolphins — because they seldom grow up. Behavioral traits such as curiosity about the world, flexibility of response, and playfulness are common to practically all young mammals but are usually rapidly lost with the onset of maturity in all but humans. Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.

    (Robbins, Tom (1980) Still Life With Woodpecker. Bantom: New York p. 19)

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