Hairy Garfield & the Half-Belated Birthday Doodle

Today’s topic is artistic ability. I have a little – occasionally, I can render a pretty good drawing, although I never quite mastered perspective and scale. I’m by no means an artist, so today we’re actually talking about doodles: what you doodle, when you doodle, how you doodle. (That word gets more fun each time I say it… doodle, doodle, doodle. How do any of you with a Labradoodle or other -doodle dog get anything done? I’d just repeat that to myself all the time.)

Why doodles, you might ask? Well, I’m a habitual doodler, but not terribly creative. Those that have ever sat next to me in a meeting, taken a class with me, or known me for years are aware that I have a doodle of choice. It’s appeared in countless notebooks and textbooks over the years.

Yesterday happened to be the birthday of my favorite doodle inspiration, so I thought I’d honor this esteemed personage with a belated birthday doodle…

I drew it yesterday (on the actual birthday), but didn’t remember to snap a photo then.

Talking about Garfield reminds me of a memorable college incident. A friend brought her puppy over (he’s still cute as can be) to visit me on campus. My Garfield slippers happened to be on the floor (as slippers often are), and Bagel the puppy decided to have his way with one of the slippers. Ah, to be so young and hopeful. (I have photos somewhere. That slipper never quite got over the trauma. It appears to be a common phenomenon. While searching for a video for this post, I realized that there were quite a few videos of dogs getting… ahem, amorous… with a Garfield doll or slipper.)

Anyway, I surprised myself with today’s video choice. I’m a traditionalist, and I often wish to forget that the live-action Garfield movie ever happened. Its existence hurts my heart. Garfield simply demands to be in cartoon form, as far as I’m concerned. In spite of my feelings on the matter, this video cracked me up…

I never thought that the live-action version would be good for anything, but I guess I was wrong. Well done, Internet. Well done.

So, that’s my doodle of choice. Do you doodle? If so, what do you doodle? (And just a few more times for good measure… doodle, doodle, doodle.)

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6 thoughts on “Hairy Garfield & the Half-Belated Birthday Doodle

  1. LOL I do doodle, I doodly doo. I usually doodle flowers, or a house scene, I am not nearly as good as you are doodling. I must admit, that doodle impressed me.

    One of my favorite Garfield cartoons was this one And the one where he was going to use Odie’s tail like a bell pull. 🙂 Ah memories…..sorry I must leave now, I feel the urge to doodle.
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    • This is why we get along so well! For the longest time, I had that “comma comma” comic hanging in my office. That one’s always been my favorite, actually. 🙂

  2. I have no artistic ability whatsoever. I am just really not good with my hands. I have all these crazy ideas of what I want to draw but when it comes to execution… Ugh. Though when I was a kid I thought of becomming a comic writer/artist. I took a couple classes and it was a lot of fun, even if I totally sucked.

    Your Garfield looks awesome, by the way! He would be honoured.
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    • In almost every bio I’ve read of a comic artist/writer, they talk about not being that great at drawing. Hence, they always labeled their drawings so people would know what they were… and then of course comics were a natural next step!

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