A couple of days ago in the Paris Review, Chicago-based cartoonist / comics scholar Ivan Brunetti posted a cool write-up featuring some of his recent projects and scribbles including a pretty amazing childhood drawing of a cat with a sword. I thought it was interesting that he referred to his childhood as his best period as an artist. There's something pure about childhood drawings, and many of the cartoonists I've talked to cite their grade school sribbles as almost direct inspiration for the characters and style they still employ today.
I also wanted to be a cartoonist growing up, but the drawings I produce never really evolved in style and tend to look like a cry for help / fodder for an extensive psychoanalysing that I'm not really ready to subject myself to. Plus they would most likley cost me whatever credibility I have as an evaluator of comic work.
Personal drama aside, I love it when the enthusiasm and spontaneity of childhood drawings work their way into an artist's professional/grown-up work. In addition to Brunetti's art on the Paris Review site, another good example is Savage Chickens on GoComics, which utilize yellow sticky notes and seemingly hurried drawings to produce a surprisingly put-together comic feature.
I also am a big fan of the post-it note portraits (ex. above) of our own Dave Coates, who writes about comics most every week right here on the GoComics.blog. Check out this online gallery of his drawings which are currently on display at a brick and mortar gallery in Kansas City.
Any other notable doodlers / sticky note scribblers I'm neglecting to mention? Let me know in the comments and I'll be sure to check them out and share them next time. Have a great weekend!