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9-Year-Old Told Not to Doodle in Class Gets Job Decorating Restaurant Walls with His Drawings

Doodle Art Wall Mural by The Doodle Boy

At just nine years old, Joe Whale is a prolific doodler. For years, he has been filling his notebooks with drawings of faces, monsters, and anything else that his imagination can conjure. His parents have always encouraged him in his doodling pursuits, but not everyone has been as thrilled with it. Whale has gotten in trouble with his teachers for drawing during class. Recognizing that he was bursting with creativity, his parents decided to send him to an after-school art class. There, the teacher saw Whale’s innate talent and posted his work on Instagram—then something special happened to this artistic kid.

Number 4, a restaurant in Whale’s town of Shrewsbury, saw the work that his teacher had shared. They invited him to come to their establishment and decorate the dining room with his drawings. Whale leapt at the chance to illustrate their walls, and he’s done so with completely original artwork. Every day after school, his dad would drive him to Number 4 where he would doodle with a marker for a couple of hours. “Joe does have books where he hits down his ideas when he has them,” his dad, Greg, explains, “but I would say 80% of this has just been off the top of his head.”

After many weeks of working on the hand-drawn mural, Whale completed his sprawling artwork. He hasn’t, of course, stopped doodling since then. Scroll down to see his illustrations and follow him on Instagram—where he’s known as The Doodle Boy—to see where his drawings will take him next.

Nine-year-old Joe Whale got in trouble for doodling during class, so his parents enrolled him in an after school art program.

Mural Doodle Art by Joe Whale

There, the teacher shared his incredible drawings and a local restaurant reached out to him about decorating their walls.

Mural Doodle Art by Joe Whale

Whale leapt at the chance and went to work filling the dining room with his energetic artwork.

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Learn more about The Doodle Boy in the video below:

Joe Whale: Website | Instagram | Facebook
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All images via Greg Whale. 

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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