Supporting and encouraging talented kids is the greatest thing that could happen in everyone’s life. It was the case also with the 9-year-old Joe Whale’s parents, who encouraged him to keep drawing, even though he got into trouble for doodling during class.
Noticing his talent they sent Joe to an after-school art class, where he improved his artistic abilities. His teacher loved his art and shared it on Instagram. His abilities were quickly noticed by those around him. He was very soon invited to decorate the dining room of the ‘Number 4’ restaurant in Shrewsbury, England. He is now famous under the name The Doodle Boy and has his own social media pages as well as website, showing off his awesome art.
All of Joe’s notebooks are covered in doodles. According to Greg Whale, his son has ‘always’ loved drawing and “was added to the “Gifted register in primary school-aged 4.”
Joe’s dad also publicized how long it took him to finish his drawings on the dining room walls in the restaurant – he spent about 12 hours illustrating the wall.
There is some advice that Greg sends to the parents who want to encourage their kids to develop their talents:
– To encourage their children to always follow their dreams and passion
– To research local workshops or groups within their local community.
Greg also added that he was driving Joe whenever he was engaged to draw in the restaurant after school.
However, many parents tend to shut down the behavior of their kids immediately when they get into trouble for something at school. On the other hand, others know how to recognize a talent that needs creative space to flourish, so they are ready to support them in everything they need.
The creative freedom that Joe has is recognized by many artists, too. But the most important thing is that his drawings caught the eye of the ‘Number 4’ restaurant, which asked him to come over and decorate their walls with his doodles.
Greg told the media: “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.” He also added: “I asked Joe and he, of course, leaped at the chance to do it so we have been going there after school where for a couple of hours a night he’ll put his creativity on their wall.”
He expresses their feeling of proudness about Joe’s achievements, especially the fact that a completely independent business has asked him to do a professional piece of work for them.
The amount of imagination of “The Doodle Boy” that went into the drawings is inspiring, and Joe is on his way to becoming a professional artist.
The Self-Sufficient Kids explains how it’s important to embrace whatever talents, goals, ambitions, dreams, and desires that children might have. Maybe at the moment, it doesn’t match the parent’s vision of their future, but it can be shown later on.
The supportiveness of Joe’s family is incredible because his parents learned to differentiate between when their child is uninterested in something and when they find an activity too tough and need encouragement.