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The Infamous Doodle

A few months ago I began a journey to try to find the creative spark I used to have.  I tend to leave things laying around so it could be anywhere, but I’m pretty sure I left it behind in a maternity ward.  I think I may have finally rediscovered that bit of myself.  I’ve drawn, painted, sketched, and written more in the past month than I have in the last decade.

In mid-December, there was a heated debate on my facebook page regarding breastfeeding in public.  Some of the comments were so ridiculous they were actually funny (in a sad, sad, not funny at all sort of way) and so I created a little doodle poking at the anti-NIP crowd.  It was just a quick scribble, and I almost didn’t post it because I was a little embarrassed by its craptitude.

And then, two weeks later, it went VIRAL.  Something every blogger dreams of- and I’ve been lucky enough to have it happen to several of my posts.  (And dream of it happening more…  The more exposure I get, the better for my book writing dreams!)  The only hitch in the awesomeness of the cartoon going viral?

1.)    It wasn’t a great example of my work.

2.)    I forgot to sign it.

Yeah.  At last count, that cartoon has been shared upwards of 3000 times and my name isn’t on it!  I don’t really mind that I wasn’t given credit- it’s just a doodle! But boy was I kicking myself at the lost opportunity to advertise my blog!  I immediately posted something on my facebook page, and my wonderful readers instantly started circulating a new image with my blog name slapped on it.

The traffic that doodle generated was fantastic and it has been fun to see something I drew on the blogs and facebook pages of complete strangers.  And then my friend Marybeth showed me something that made my day:

 

 

You know, most artists dream of the day that people will look at their work and pick apart what the artist was thinking when they chose a particular subject or color. It’s just my luck that for me it is over a hastily drawn doodle!  How hilarious is this?  I have no idea what’s in her cup, maybe it’s an organic green smoothie.  Maybe it’s a freakin ice coffee!  Who knows? I wanted to draw a book in her hand, but it was just not working, so I stuck a cup in there instead. There was no hidden meaning behind it.

The whole experience has been highly entertaining.  I think I will be doing more “AP” themed cartoons, maybe even a weekly funny.  I’ve been jotting down ideas all weekend and I have a couple of good ones queued up already!

32 Responses to The Infamous Doodle

  1. Dude, I got the biggest kick out of that. I hope you do one straight away on how rabidly mamas go after each other and nitpick other women’s choices. It would only be appropriate! lol!

  2. Although, I am no longer a nursing mother, I love this cartoon. I have come to the conclusion after this and other things I have seen or read or heard that it seems the only time a woman’s breast is gross or disgusting is when a baby happens to be attached to it. People need to get real and get over their breast feeding phobia. It is the most natural thing a woman can do for her child and it is beneficial for both the mother and child. Anyway I am 110% behind all mothers who breastfeed.

  3. You can make art? I’m lucky if I can get everyone dressed every day!

    It’s hard to look at your own work and not see what could have been better. But from an outsiders perspective (especially as a breastfeeding mama) I love it. It so captures the issue!

    I’m sorry your name isn’t on it, though. That really does kinda blow. But I promise, if I see it anywhere, I’ll make sure to refer people to your blog.

  4. It was through this cartoon that I found your website! I was so excited to find such a great blog. Keep the cartoons and the great posts coming!

  5. Ha! When I saw your cartoon, it reminded me of this horrrrrible google website someone made on being anti-breastfeeding amongst other things.

    The premise? Breastfeeding is pedophilia. Whaaaat??

    Anyway, I got a big laugh out of the comments, too. So glad your stuff is going viral, though, because you have amazing stuff.

  6. I loved this doodle the first time I saw it, and I still do. The looks that I get while out in public BFing my 19 month son make me want to get up a slap some people. I am modest, though I cannot cover his head as he thinks I’m playing peek-a-boo with him, and the fact that people get offended by my nourishing my child offends ME. LOL Thank you for pointing out their ridiculousness.

  7. I loved this doodle the first time I saw it, and I still do. The looks that I get while out in public BFing my 19 month son make me want to get up a slap some people. I am modest, though I cannot cover his head as he thinks I’m playing peek-a-boo with him, and the fact that people get offended by my nourishing my child offends ME. LOL Thank you for pointing out their ridiculousness.

  8. I LOVE this cartoon. And stop saying it’s craptitude. Everytime you call your own work “craptitude” a Sharpie Faery loses it’s wings. Can’t have that.

    My favorite part of this whole cartoon thing was when you were accused of alienating women who like to wear mini skirts and low cut tops.

    Keep drawing!

  9. I LOVE this cartoon. And stop saying it’s craptitude. Everytime you call your own work “craptitude” a Sharpie Faery loses it’s wings. Can’t have that.

    My favorite part of this whole cartoon thing was when you were accused of alienating women who like to wear mini skirts and low cut tops.

    Keep drawing!

  10. I would like permission to post this cartoon in a future blog discussing perceived modesty when breastfeeding babies. Just so you know, my husband is a pastor. When my youngest son was born, I pulled a rocking chair into the back of the sanctuary and nursed my son as needed.

    If you grant permission, please tell me how you want me to credit you as the artist.

    Thank you,
    Sandy Hess

  11. I would like permission to post this cartoon in a future blog discussing perceived modesty when breastfeeding babies. Just so you know, my husband is a pastor. When my youngest son was born, I pulled a rocking chair into the back of the sanctuary and nursed my son as needed.

    If you grant permission, please tell me how you want me to credit you as the artist.

    Thank you,
    Sandy Hess

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