Depending on the subject, and my (lack of) interest in it, I spent whole timetables of my schooldays illustrating classroom textbooks with ink-stained superheroes wrestling parallelograms, isosceles triangles, and the redundant gerund. I considered myself as a fraternal pen-pal to Nigel Molesworth of the Lower Third, filling in the gaps of my education the teachers seemed determined to leave out.
Some of these doodles are wonderful, others less so. But where I’ve always thought of the abandoned doodle as something to be drawn and then left for another generation to discover, erase, amend, and (hopefully) enjoy, today’s doodles are preserved by smart ‘phone and shared on-line. Personally, I prefer the anonymity, transience, and even the surprise of finding smudged, thumbnail sketches carefully hidden in the pages of old textbooks.
More textbook drawings, after the jump…