Tuesday, October 19, 2010

"Phone Doodles"

These aren't literally "phone" doodles, because you can't really draw while on the phone anymore, since phones are not designed to fit human heads in this advanced age of technology. It's up to our heads to evolve into cubes and our mouths to migrate to the same side as an ear to catch up with the advanced modern phone design.
I still call them phone doodles though because they are made absent-mindedly the way we used to draw while talking on the phone.
Doodles are not functional drawings, because they are drawn by automatic memorized hand and wrist motions, rather than being guided by the brain with an end purpose.
Sometimes the mindless hand will accidentally create something interesting, although mine didn't this day.
The original Stimpy design was a phone doodle that evolved over many conversations.
These are pretty conservative as phone doodles go.

Maybe they would be more creative if they still made real phones to talk through.

22 comments:

Trey Brown said...

colbert's got a little too much tude in those drawings. he should be frowning like a good conservative should.

Elana Pritchard said...

Yes.

Also, people wouldn't have conniption fits if you don't immediately return their text messages.

Alberto said...

you could get a bluetooth, just don't use it in public b/c then you look like an ass.

i.e. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0uTi2qkgf0

Rooniman said...

Why not try putting the phone speaker phone? That could help.

blakeaj said...

HA! I love your two cents about teeny tiny cell phones! You have to strain to hold them between your shoulder and ear!

On the other hand, scientific studies show that cell phone radio waves can prevent Alzheimer's, so you can count on doodling longer without losing your noodle!

Michael E. Vernon said...

These phone doodles are great.
I like the one of Stimpy with his son, Stinky. That was a great episode and I bet you had a hard time getting that one aired.

kurtwil said...

Well, there's always the 3G I-pad, once good drawing SW's on it. :-)
Good ole' pencil/paper's still more spontaneous than any digital device.

But seriously, what makes a drawing "un-conservative"? Wild exaggeration? Unique interaction between pairings? Expressions out of context with character personality (Raging Stimpy, etc.)?

Also, wrt funding projects like JK's...How much impact to greenlighting is financier control? When a private person or small group kicks a bunch of money at a project, their return's usually a say as to what it'll be, a piece of the gross, or both. Corporations seem to value "marquee value" over anything else. PBS seems to wants educational or critical acclaim value.
Trick might be finding an outfit needing a tax write-off - it _does_ happen!

jeffreyJack said...

So true JK so true... And like Alberto said they give you headsets to stick on your ear to make up for it. Then all around the world you get people walking around, jawboning to themselves and we're supposed to be able to distinguish them from genuine psychotics.

Shawn Dickinson said...

These look good to me!

I hate talking on the phone, so my phone doodles always look violent.

Mak said...

The "flip" type phones are a little better about that, because the phone body angles a bit, but even those types seem to be going out of style now. The most obnoxious ones are the ones that don't flip, slide open, or anything like that. They're just a lump of plastic the size of a credit card.

Stimpy is so adorable, somehow. He's so enthusiastic, and he looks so huggable.

Shea said...

I do that all the time! I work at an office taking reservations, so I talk to so many "characters" every day. I always have an extra pad for those really long, or really interesting phone conversations where I draw what I think the person looks like based on their voice (it's overly exaggerated and cartoony though). My co-workers love it.

EalaDubh said...

'Phones are not designed to fit human heads in this advanced age of technology. It's up to our heads to evolve into cubes and our mouths to migrate to the same side as an ear to catch up with the advanced modern phone design.'

TOTALLY draw this. You've GOT to, now. :)

Craig said...

Good to see you cartooning from your soul again.

Wayne said...

Think Geek has a bluetooth retro handset that might facilitate your head a little better:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/cellphone/8928/

Queen Mob said...

So much great stuff.
Just found this blog.

hells yeah!

Mykal said...

Regarding phones and technology: I have decided to wait for the skull/lobe implant, which will have phone/internet/personal ID-barcode/televisionradio/passport/GPS/DNA and individual soul embedded. Then, everything will be so much easier. So very much easier.

Eric Bauza said...

great stimpy's!

She-Thing said...

Jack Nicholson should shave his head and play a real-life George. (No 3D, of course)

Alex said...

Wow, you must really hate technology!

This isn't the first time this blog has ripped on useful, modern techno gizmos we take for granted.

Roberto Severino said...

Even for "conservative" phone doodles, these look really radical when you compare them to a lot of the cartoons from the 80s. This proves that there's really no excuse for amateurish drawing on any cartoon nowadays, especially when it doesn't even take too long to do.

Zoran Taylor said...

Watch Stephen Colbert do a repetitive motion dance with such control that it actually looks uncannily like an animation cycle (1 minute into clip).

Mak said...

Oh man, Wayne, good find. ThinkGeek, you never fail.