Society often discourages children from being creative. In school there are rules to follow, lines to draw inside of, and desks to sit still in.
One nine-year-old in the UK found this out the hard way when he kept getting reprimanded for doodling in class. Whether in his notebook or on the class whiteboard, Joe Whale couldn’t stop doodling.
However, due to the support of a local business, as well as his parents, he found a channel for his creative pursuits outside of the classroom.
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His artistic journey began to take off when his parents kept getting told of his ‘misbehavior’ by teachers. They, however, were entirely supportive of his budding artistic talent, and enrolled him in after school drawing lessons to encourage, and foster it. There, his teacher recognized his talent, and began to post his drawings on social media.
One of these posts caught the attention of a local restaurateur, who asked if Joe would be willing to decorate the interior of his restaurant.
Joe and his family were overjoyed by the request, and he is well on his way to bringing his doodles to a much wider audience. His parents and the restaurant worked out an agreement that doesn’t interfere with his schooling — Joe’s father Greg drives him to the restaurant after school every day where he decorates across the interior walls. Once his work is complete, the nine-year-old’s drawings will remain there permanently, for all to enjoy.
The boost of confidence was all Joe needed and now he is up and running as a bona-fide artist.
He has own Instagram page, which his dad manages, where he showcases his newest doodles.
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With his growing popularity, Joe’s talent caught the attention of major companies; he has some big-name collaborations under his belt, including Nike and Pixar. It’s remarkable how his doodles, with their simple yet imaginative charm, resonate with people of all ages. Joe’s creativity has completely transcended the boundaries of a classroom, inspiring others to embrace their own unique talents.
His whimsical doodles capture his youthful excitement, and really bring any space to life. His story is a shining example of how far parental support and the right guidance can take young talent.
Instead of letting his teachers discourage him, Joe followed his budding passion and had the right people around him to nurture it. Many like him might never even recognize their passion, let alone have the guidance to follow it.
Joe’s journey is a testament to the transformative power of support and encouragement. His parents, his art teacher, and the restaurateur recognized his talent early on and provided him with the platform he needed to flourish.
In doing so, they have given a young boy the confidence to pursue his dreams and inspire others along the way. Joe Whale, the once reprimanded doodler, is now a beacon of inspiration, reminding us all to nurture and celebrate the creativity that resides within each and every one of us.