I have about five or six spiral-bound notebooks that I’ve held on to for a number of years now. Every once in a while I’ll find myself in need of a notebook, and one of these five or six is always within arms reach. They’re constant companions of mine when I go to meetings. I’m NEVER in a meeting without one!
And this is why… I’m usually BORED…TO…TEARS! And when I’m bored, I doodle. The longer the meeting, the more doodles there are, or the more complicated/intricate the doodle is.
Just the other day, I was in the car and in need of something to write on. I looked in the glove box and found a notebook from about three years ago. The first three pages had doodles on them. Here they are…
From a "Monday Morning Management Meeting" on Monday, December 8th, 2008. Obviously, nothing exciting happened in THAT meeting.
Also from the M.M.M.Meeting. Apparently this meeting lasted about the same time as the one the week before. 🙂
Same notebook, but I was waiting in the car for my wife while she had an appointment. After a while I got bored enough with the radio that I pulled out the notebook from the glove box and started sketching the building she was in. Not much later, out she came, so that was the end of the drawing session.
There ya go. A snapshot into 10-day period of my life. A lot’s changed since then… A LOT!, but isn’t it cool to look back every once in a while?
Here’s some other posts where I’ve been bored enough at work to doodle.
I doodle a heckuva lot more than I draw and paint. And I NEVER doodle in my sketchbook, which is EXACTLY where all this kind of thing should happen. I’ve mentioned it before, but there’s this phobia I have of putting something in a sketchbook, or on a blank piece of paper, or on a canvas, and messing it up. Regular ol’ notebook paper, napkins, cardboard, business cards? No problem at all. I’ll just drop ink and graphite all over the damned place. That’s what this was…
This is a scanned version, and if you look carefully enough you can see the faintest hints of the lines in the paper. It was drawn on a 8 1/2″ x 11″ canary legal pad, but I scanned it in black-and-white, then erased as much of the lines as I could with Sketchbook Pro.
Anyway, what I should do is do more of this in the Moleskine sketchbook. Gotta conquer my fear of dorkin’ up a page in that damned notebook. Heaven help me!
So this is it, the last day of work for me. I’ll be officially laid-off from my job after almost 14 years of blood, sweat, and tears. It has been almost like awaiting death, and now the grim reaper has shown his face and is arching the scythe back for a final swing. Not sure how “normal” this is, but the Department of Labor was in here yesterday to give us all a run-down on what unemployment services were available. It was a nice gesture, or maybe they were merely just doing their jobs by being here. Either way, I hate to say it, but it was BORING! I tell you what, the government is unbelievably beurocratic, and chock full of forms and procedures. I think it’s easier to get a job than it is to go to the DOL and fill out endless forms and wait for approvals and what-not, even in this economy. At some point I stopped listening and started doodling. I always have a note pad, or something to draw on because I KNOW that if there’s a meeting to be held, I’m going to check out. The paper gives me something to shift my attention to and prevents me from standing up and rudely walking out on someone who’s just doing their job. Now, for the first time in 14 years, I’m unemployed. Hey, maybe I can go get a government job. I hear the FBI is hiring. How ’bout that? Special Agent Ayers… hmm… does kinda have a nifty ring to it, don’t it?
I’ve had this 3″ x 3″ card hanging on a corkboard behind my desk at work for a while. It was something I did while on a phone conference. Just a drawing of a face at first, but I can’t stand anything to be “normal”, so I had to jazz it up. Think I may have went a little too far… or maybe not far enough.
Back in 1993, I was an instructor at the Fleet Training Center in Norfolk, Virginia. I taught the operation and maintenance of a satellite communications system. Part of my duties was to install electrical faults in the system to test the students’ abilities to troubleshoot and repair the danged thing. Well, when the faults were installed, we sometimes would wait for hours while the students flailed about on the test (sounds evil, huh?). This doodle was done while that was going on. My other favorite thing to do at the time was to think of words and use the dictionary and thesaurus to find their root meanings. Yeah, I was REALLY bored then!
Abstract Face: 8.5"x11" Pen, Markers, & Colored Pencil on Paper
I doodle a lot while at work during meetings or phone conferences. Below are some of my doodles since January this year…
This one was at my desk, and consists of my thermos (we have coffee here, but it’s horrendous, so I bring my own in), a coffee mug, pencil holder, and some paperwork. I was on the phone with one of our suppliers during this one.
Again, on the phone here. This is my Logitech track-ball mouse. I love this mouse! It never has to move… yaaaaayyy!
This one is a pair of safety goggles laying on the table in front of me during a meeting.
I was sitting kind of behind and next to this guy named Dwane in a meeting. Everyone, meet Dwane!
Same room, different day – the desk (table) across the room from me.
The face was originally doodled without picking up the pen. There’s a name for that style, I’m sure. I just added to it until it got to this point. This meeting was about transferring our equipment to Mexico… ick!