Joe Whale kept getting into trouble at school for always doodling during class time.
Kids who doodle in class are often scolded for not paying attention to the teacher, and most of us probably did the same out of sheer boredom when we were young.
But for this 9-year-old boy, it’s different. While it may be a mere pastime for bored students, Joe Whales doodles primarily because of his obsession with art.
Noticing Joe’s talent, his parents encouraged him to keep drawing even though he got into trouble for doodling during class. They also enrolled him in an after-school art class, and his artistry was quickly noticed by everyone around him.
His dad, Greg, said:
“Joe is a really talented little boy, he’s excelling at school, he’s a great footballer and cricketer, but drawing is definitely what he is most passionate about.”
“It’s actually quite annoying, he’s better than me at most things.”
“He was in school getting frustrated at the little amount of art he could do, so he used to doodle on the table’s whiteboard in class and get into trouble for doodling.’’
His art teacher was impressed with Joe’s drawing that a few weeks into the class, she asked permission from the boy’s parents to post Joe’s doodles on her Instagram page for everyone to see.
Speaking about Joe’s drawing, the teacher said:
“His work is very exact and immaculate, it’s very balanced. He goes straight to ink and creates perfect work straight from the start, no practicing beforehand.”
Despite his young age, Joe is already an incredible artist, and he’s standing out from the crowd.
A few weeks after the teacher shared the drawings, Joe’s parents got a call from ‘Number 4’ restaurant in Shrewsbury, England, who noticed their son’s talent.
“They wanted to get Joe into their restaurant to complete an art piece on their wall, and it was in their main dining area, we were over the moon.”
Joe agreed to do it, and after school, the father drove him every day to the restaurant to draw on their walls. According to Greg, the masterpiece took approximately 12 hours to complete.
“Joe loves doodling, and we’re so proud of everything he’s achieving, the fact that a completely independent business has asked our nine-year-old son to do a professional piece of work for them is incredible.”
Joe is now well known as ‘The Doodle Boy,’ and he manages his own website and several social media platforms where he shares his work of art with fans.
And everyone on the internet is amazed by Joe’s work.