AI: Doodling in the Margins

That’s how it starts sometimes. You’re mindlessly making squiggles in the margins of a notebook while watching reruns of Seinfeld and all of a sudden, you have a Masterpiece (okay, maybe not a Masterpiece, but something resembling a carefully constructed artwork of some type?) That’s how I ended up with the above image. There was Seinfeld, my sketchbook, a flexible ruler and a Bic pen.

Do you doodle? What kind of things come out when you just let your pen loose in the margins? Have you ever had a doodle take on a life of its own and become a full blown artwork?

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Brian George is an illustrator who lives and works in the Van Beardswick neighborhood of Brooklyn. His fierce love of cheesecake is often (but not always) thwarted by his intolerance for lactose. He will draw and paint for your amusement (‘amusement’ is archaic Etruscan slang for ‘money’). Visit his portfolio, follow his tweets @brianggeorge or on G+


  1. July 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    “It’s a doodle! I doodle! You, too, you do doodle, too!” – Willow Rosenberg

  2. July 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Pictures of anyone around me, No one is safe! my uni notes were covered in peoples faces.

  3. July 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I draw a lot of eyes. And hands. It’s actually kind of a challenge to draw anything different.

    Sometimes I like to take out my notebooks from college and look at the doodles from the particularly boring classes. I make myself laugh a lot of the time.

  4. July 13, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I doodle all the time.

    Depending on what you mean by “full-blown artwork” – I had a doodle grow into an art journal page yesterday. I was idly doodling, inspired by the Frida Kahlo photo I have on one of my desktop machines, and it got so detailed I ended up cutting it out and collaging it into a journal, and now I’m trying to figure out what’s next, now that I have the background and her on the pages.

  5. July 14, 2011 at 4:52 am

    I doodle all the time. This is what happens when I’m bored at work:

  6. July 14, 2011 at 10:28 am

    @Skulleigh: That is exactly what I meant 🙂

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