90s Cartoon Desk Doodle

Wanna know what’s on the mind of college students these days? Perhaps this photo of an elaborate desk doodle is the answer. Found on the image sharing site Imgur.com. Nice job!


  • Retro00064

    If that really is hand-drawn graffiti by a college student (and not just stickers or stamps that were printed/pasted on there), then that really is an awesome job, and who knows, perhaps the student who drew it could be potential comic book illustrator or whatever material.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Better than being suspended I guess (if this was a high school student instead)! I saw this pic a few days ago and really was impressed at what happened here.

  • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron B.

    Space Jam…. awesome.

  • http://www.elliotelliotelliot.com Elliot Cowan

    What’s on the mind of college students these days?
    Adventure Time.
    Only 2 years ago they all wanted to work for Pixar.
    Now they all want to work for Adventure Time.

    • BLUES

      The post is referring to college students in general, not animation students. Your comment doesn’t make a lot of sense in this context.

      • http://www.elliotelliotelliot.com Elliot Cowan

        I’m very sorry to have made an animation related comment on the animation blog.
        Thank goodness you are here to police my comments.

      • Jorge Garrido

        Thank you for exaggerating the response to your comment so that pointing out that your comment didn’t make sense became “policing.” Yes, the man who said your comment didn’t make sense in that context was POLICING you. You’re NOT ALLOWED to make those comments.

        Internet comments STINK.

      • http://drunkduck.com/anecdote Marbles

        Hey, relax. Blues clearly didn’t intend that as a challenge to you.

      • http://www.elliotelliotelliot.com Elliot Cowan

        Jorge.
        Hey.
        I don’t understand what you mean.

  • http://www.BruceRichardsStudio.com Bruce Richards

    Closer to a uninventive tattoo artist than an animator or fine artist. This is copyist work.
    To copy is not to invent or improve, just to have the technical skill does not make an “artist”. This is like reciting the ABC”s. A rote exercise not art.
    Where is the personal? The image uses a shape as a field unrelated to the final design.The confusion as to whether it is stickers or hand drawn shows an ability but not creativity. This is a high level doodle by someone bored.
    The good thing is it shows a knowledge of one’s personal preference character history at least of the 80′s on.
    Hopefully this person will take this and expand beyond an echo.
    The beauty of the hand evident in Karzy Kat, Popeye, Alley Oop, Prince Valiant are not seen and as drawing practice based on everyday observation diminishes so will the art.

    • Andromaton

      I’m going to go out ahead and say “quit being an overly pretentious douche”. Remember, copying is a fundamental part of animation, inbetweening requires the ability to stay on model for lots and lots of drawing. Why don’t you look at yourself and realize this was and is you. Mr. I-Paint-real-life-objects-and-stack-them-creatively-or-vertically-whichever-comes-first. The asinine superior pretentiousness attitude has done nothing but flourish here for the last few years. Read the article bit above again, you know why Jerry loves it? it was done by a person who obviously loved animation being found by another. Perhaps you should try simply enjoying something without all the rhetoric.

      • eeteed

        “quit being an overly pretentious douche”

        that comment was out of line.

        what happened to the be respectful of others rule around here?

      • http://www.BruceRichardsStudio.com Bruce Richards

        @eeteed, thanks, I thought saying “The asinine superior pretentiousness attitude has nothing but flourish here for the last few years” shows a level of rhetoric and critique well above mine. The initial posted image, which I now better understand from the comments, opens up a debate that the late Corny Cole would have loved to contribute to. “Draw Dammit.”

      • joe

        *high-fives*

    • whippersnapper

      @Bruce: This is just supposed to be a fun, nostalgic shoutout to 90s kids. If he meant for it to be taken seriously he wouldn’t have drawn it in highlighter on a desk. Save the crits for the next Chomet film.

      http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lm0colZmNR1qdlkgg.gif

      • http://www.BruceRichardsStudio.com Bruce Richards

        @ Whippersnapper:You are absolutely correct. However it was not the medium or surface that was my concern in my comment. Maybe those are the keys to understanding it.
        “form follows function”?
        @ Andromation: Sorry that it sounds pretentious. I too love animation. Drawing is the key. I guess I want more of a job for the animator than that of being an in-betweener for life. When I read several praising reviews referring to this effort as “awesome” (something that inspires ) it makes me go off.
        It is just sad to me that so much time looks like it was spent mindlessly
        working like a copy machine.
        I looked at 1000′s of portfolio submissions while I was fortunate enough to be at Cal Arts and saw many portfolios where the applicant felt this type of effort was “awesome and original work”. Rhetoric was part of my job.
        Thanks for your critique of my work, glad you think it is creative..

      • joe

        Wow dude, get off your high horse. You’re “critique” of the guy’s desk doodles was completely inappropriate for the situation. He didn’t ask for a critique. You can’t just treat anybody who draws as an art student.

        In fact, I’ll go ahead and say that this desk is the best piece of art I’ve seen in a while. Is it well drawn? Not really. But the guy drew it for himself. He drew what inspires him, and I think that’s rad. THAT is good art to me, true self expression.

        Plus it has way more heart put into it than just drawing objects correctly placed on top of each other. ;)

        Your attitude is what all artists should avoid, ESPECIALLY cartoonists.

        • sadiefue

          great comment. Desk drawn by my son….Very proud!

      • http://www.BruceRichardsStudio.com Bruce Richards

        @joedude,
        you miss the point and need to read all the comments. However Androidmation and you have a lot of support on your comments so I applied my concerns about drawing to the wrong situation. I reacted to the thought this was “awesome” before I fully read Jerry’s comment.
        Jerry stated it was an “elaborate desk doodle” and that is absolutely what it is.
        However, Ray (cRAYtivity) , a college student/ graphic artist, has this in a public place like my site, so critique like yours and mine are open. You have no hesitation criticizing my work but deny me the same here.
        I fear that if this is “the best piece of art I’ve seen in awhile” and you truly feel it is rad is true, you are still riding a bus to school. I agree with Ms. Plumber that a personal sketchbook is a better journal and place for self expression whatever the inspiration.

        I was advocating for spending time drawing your Own observations. I see you equate cartoonists as artists from a different pov than me. To copy is instructional but not creative. Artists create what we have no seen, no repeat what we know.
        I hope a profession in the arts allows you as rich a life as it has me.
        peace :)

      • http://drunkduck.com/anecdote Marbles

        Thank you. God, honestly.

        It’s asinine arguments like this one that keep me from commenting very much on here. I hope all animation/comics people aren’t as prickly and combative as people are when they come here.

      • joe

        @Bruce,
        “I reacted to the thought this was “awesome” before I fully read Jerry’s comment.
        Jerry stated it was an “elaborate desk doodle” and that is absolutely what it is.”

        It’s awesome because it’s showing a love for the cartoons the artist grew up with. Jerry likes cartoons, I like cartoons, Cartoon Brew likes cartoons.

        It’s not “skillful” art per-say, but we’re not judging it on that merit. Lighten up.

        “However, Ray (cRAYtivity) , a college student/ graphic artist, has this in a public place like my site, so critique like yours and mine are open. You have no hesitation criticizing my work but deny me the same here.”

        I never said you couldn’t have an opinion. Yours is just incorrect for the situation, and a total buzz-kill. And I didn’t give you a critique.

        “I fear that if this is “the best piece of art I’ve seen in awhile” and you truly feel it is rad is true, you are still riding a bus to school.”

        Your snobbery knows no bounds. You must be a joy to hang out with.

        As I said, I think it’s rad because he drew those doodles for himself. I don’t see many artists these days really drawing for themselves, but only to please other artists or to keep up with whats trendy. I took a look at your art, and while it’s very skillfully done, it’s boring. I can marvel at the technical detail and great use of perspective, but it has no artistry. What are your interests? Your inspirations? Dreams? Dislikes? Opinions? Experiences? Feelings? What are you trying to describe with these colors? Uneasiness? Relaxation? Anger? Your art doesn’t make me feel anything. It’s…blah.

        “I was advocating for spending time drawing your Own observations.”
        I agree, but you shouldn’t limit yourself to just copying some object correctly. That isn’t true art.

        “I see you equate cartoonists as artists from a different pov than me. To copy is instructional but not creative. Artists create what we have no seen, no repeat what we know.”
        You’re taking a desk doodle way out of proportion.

      • http://www.BruceRichardsStudio.com Bruce Richards

        @joedude
        “It’s not “skillful” art per-say, but we’re not judging it on that merit.”
        OH? what are you judging it on?
        “I never said you couldn’t have an opinion. Yours is just incorrect for the situation, and a total buzz-kill.
        Must be reassuring to have all the correct opinions.
        And I didn’t give you a critique.’”
        12/9/11: crit#1 “Plus it has way more heart put into it than just drawing objects correctly placed on top of each other. ;)” and
        12/10/11: crit#2:”I took a look at your art, and while it’s very skillfully done, it’s boring. I can marvel at the technical detail and great use of perspective, but it has no artistry. What are your interests? Your inspirations? Dreams? Dislikes? Opinions? Experiences? Feelings? What are you trying to describe with these colors? Uneasiness? Relaxation? Anger? Your art doesn’t make me feel anything. It’s…blah. ”
        Blah can be a feeling.My images deal with concepts that may be beyond your emotional level or range of understanding. Not my problem, I make them for myself.
        And to end with your last quote, “You’re taking a desk doodle way out of proportion.” Yep, you are.

      • joe

        @Bruce
        “OH? what are you judging it on?”
        On the fact that’s it’s a cool cartoon doodle dump. It’s by a fan of cartoons, and we like cartoons on this blog. Plus I’m pretty sure many of the 20 somethings that comment on the brew can relate to this, having made drawings on desk in the past myself.

        I’m aware that it’s not well drawn, but it’s still just a fun nostalgia based piece of art by a fan.

        “Must be reassuring to have all the correct opinions.”

        “incorrect FOR THE SITUATION.” If you said that you just didn’t like it, then okay. I can’t fault you on that…plus some would think of it as vandalism, which is understandable. The point is that the context of this art is obviously not by a trained/ training artist/ art student, but by a fan of 90s cartoons. So to be snobby and critical over what is recognized as a cool desk doodle is inappropriate. It also feels like your saying that only certain people should make art.

        “Plus it has way more heart put into it than just drawing objects correctly placed on top of each other. ;)”-this is not a critique, Bruce. Your art is obviously drawn and painted well. I just think that this doodle has more soul than your paintings of objects. My opinion, not a crit.

        And my other opinion was one that came later on.

        “Blah can be a feeling”
        Blah doesn’t describe an emotion.

        “My images deal with concepts that may be beyond your emotional level or range of understanding. Not my problem, I make them for myself.”
        Skulls in perspective doesn’t give people much to think about. But hey, good for you to make art for yourself.

        “And to end with your last quote, “You’re taking a desk doodle way out of proportion.” Yep, you are.”

        Says the guy who got bothered over someone liking a drawing. :\

      • http://www.BruceRichardsStudio.com Bruce Richards

        @joe;
        We will not be able to draw this to a close but it needs to be let go.
        We each have our own strongly held positions.
        I was advocating for “drawing” over copying, and yes I feel, unlike Duchamp, to say you are an artist, as Ray does on his blog ( the one you should check out over mine) you need to have a given ability that desire alone cannot supply.
        If you can pull back from the desk here is an “extreme doodle” with energy that is personal, truly heartfelt and goes somewhere. This inspires me and I believe is awesome and rad:

        http://blublu.org/sito/video/bbbb.htm

        p.s.: the skulls ( in the series Winter Thoughts)represent humankind without race, They are allegories for the human condition.In “Fate and Chance”, the skull with the house of cards on top is about aging. Our understanding of knowing we are someday going to die or fall, yet still trying to keep the house of cards from coming down. It is about balance.
        At my age these are concerns. At twenty-something they hopefully are not, therefore I understand why you don’t relate.

      • eeteed

        @ Bruce Richards…

        i agree that this needs to be let go, but IMHO this never should have been started in the first place.

        jerry beck posts a photo of a “desk doodle”. you, as did others, gave your opinion of it.

        you, in turn were called a variety of disrespectful names, and things culminated in you having your artwork denigrated.

        the brewmasters never should have let things go this far.

        it’s sad to see such bad behavior, especially during the holiday season.

        i’m sorry that i’m the only person that stood by you in this.

      • http://www.BruceRichardsStudio.com Bruce Richards

        @ eeteed
        Thanks for stepping up. I still don’t know what set Androidmaton off quite so much as it did and Joe to pick up the pursuit and their was a lot of support for their positions/ opinions. Why Androidmaton voiced so venomously that “The asinine superior pretentiousness attitude has done nothing but flourish here for the last few years” makes me wonder what he/she has against Cartoon Brew’s postings and opinions by others about doing your own original work. I was sorry neither one of them have sites so I could see what it is they do themselves so I could better understand the anger they shared with me.
        I spent 6 years when I was teaching in the Cal Arts Animation Program as one of the National Portfolio Day representative and saw this type of work + tons of copied anime in portfolios as “self expression”. As anyone knows who looks at Cartoon Brew regularly there is a high level of competition and it is helpful to be able to draw knowingly in most all cases.
        Since Jerry posted it I was trying to voice a caution. As it is now known, and was my first belief, that it is a student who wants to be a graphic artist and not any average college student who is a fan of 90′s cartoon characters, it may be time to give him some feedback. He’s been notified that his work is posted here,his blog asks for feedback. Not my place according to Androidmaton and Joe. It is just so sad to see someone reach a level and realize they have not created anything of their own even though their portfolio is full of work that shows ability but not their own ideas.
        I am a painter that works daily in the studio, no longer teaching, but am still interested in the work of others for input into my own work and insight into our times. Maybe I can use this exchange to fuel a work. Have a good holiday and thanks again for being a good Samaritan to me .

    • http://yeldarb86.deviantart.com Mr. Semaj

      Bruce: Ignorant comments like yours are why I hardly come here anymore.

      You people need to learn how to have FUN with cartoons and stop making everyone live up to your screwed-up expectations.

  • http://cjdoodles.blogspot.com/?zx=3959afd8e11d60b CJ

    All of those shows built my childhood; and they still stick with me today. :) I would do this kind of stuff all the time in high school; so it’s awesome to see someone go to the extreme with all of these awesome toons!

    I was glad that Nick did a 90′s marathon on one of their channels. Caught most of Hey Arnold and Kenan & Kel which still bought about the same amount of laughs as they did back then! The reality shows on Nick today? Too much yelling and no talent in telling jokes… the only show that comes close to the old ones is iCarly and cartoon wise; even the new Spongebob has left me wanting to see some new talent.

    • http://drunkduck.com/anecdote Marbles

      We 90s kids were lucky to have been around for the Second Golden Age, as some have called it in hindsight.

      I rarely copied other characters as a kid (which I now regret because I think I missed out on some important lessons that way), but I was always scribbling my own characters in class. I had one math teacher in ninth grade who told me, with good teacherly intentions, “Listen, you’ve gotta cut out this Woody Woodpecker stuff.” (One of my characters was a duck, and that must have been what he was looking at in his peripheral vision). To this day my entire family finds that hilarious.

  • pizzaforeveryone

    i can remember having detention in high school and having to clean all of the desks for doing the same thing, albeit not as skillfully. anybody else?

    • Geneva

      My first major punishment in grade school was a double-detention received in 6th grade for desk-doodling!

      When I first saw this on tumblr I was really hoping it was an old desk from the 90s, because I did this sort of thing all the time, being in middle school in the late 90s. I’d do a random mishmash of my favorite characters in copied poses. It’s still cool even though it’s done through the retro lens, though. Brings me back!

      • http://www.stephenneary.blogspot.com pizzaforeveryone

        awesome! glad it’s not just me.

  • Clint H.

    Awesome…pure awesome!

  • http://thadkomorowski.com Thad

    Jesus Christ, I never thought I’d remember 1996 a the good ol’ days.

  • whippersnapper

    Long live 90s kids. :D

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Tigercat919?feature=mhee Michael F.

    That thing on the bottom right underneath Pikachu and Plank – is that Goofy? I know Goofy had a movie in the 1990s but I don’t remember if that was a part of it.

    Also, Bart Simpson looks like he’s about to bite one of those real monsters.

  • cbat628

    My childhood memories just came rushing back in an aura of pure awesomeness. Thank you for that.

  • http://mydrawingslive.blogspot.com/ Steve

    Well this is kinda fun. Can anyone make out that tumblr address (I think it’s a tumblr.com address) at the top left just below that logo?

  • http://jessicaplummer.blogspot.com Jessica Plummer

    Wow. This could have easily been a desk I’ve sat in and defaced. In fact I remember a particular desk generously plastered with doodles in one corner. Only difference is that was 12 year old me instead of college, and I soon realized it was much nicer having doodles in a notebook than ink stains all over your arm from adventurous classroom graffiti.

    Awesome desk is awesome.

  • gbop

    Who is the character between Sonic and Johnny Bravo?

    • http://mydrawingslive.blogspot.com/ Steve

      I believe it’s June from Kablam

  • http://mydrawingslive.blogspot.com/ Steve
  • iseewhatyoudidthere

    Take it from me, college students REEEALLY miss the 90s.

  • Bev

    I took a picture of this desk! This is from my school!

    The desk was missing the last time I had class in that room on Wednesday, though. Sadness.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      No doubt someone caught wind of this!

  • James

    All of these cartoons drawings sucked and were not funny anyways, like “Doug” I don’t know why anyone would ever think that was good. It was scribbles

    • Mike Russo

      Because every single thing you liked when you were growing up was an artistic masterpiece, right?

  • James

    Oops! I didn’t see Stimpy on there, so there’s at least one good cartoon there

  • http://downindeep13.blogspot.com JerRocks2day

    Great doodle desk. :D

    Still, it can’t be a 90s desk without Darkwing Duck, Gargoyles, Batman/Superman by Bruce Timm, some Sesame Street muppets, etc. ;)

  • http://drunkduck.com/anecdote Marbles

    I was always doing this on my school desks in pencil, and getting in various degrees of minor trouble for it (lectures, warnings, etc). Can’t imagine what woulda happened if I’d gone full gonzo like this. Good thing I didn’t go to this school.
    http://articles.cnn.com/2010-02-18/justice/new.york.doodle.arrest_1_zero-tolerance-schools-police-precinct?_s=PM:CRIME

    Such are the senseless times we live in.

  • Sarah

    Dexter’s Lab is a good cartoon. Dexter is between Wakko and Johnny Bravo.

  • Funkybat

    It’s like a far more elaborate version of the kinds of doodles I’d do in my schoolbooks back in middle school.

    I have to quibble that “Rocket Power” and “Ed Edd and Eddy” barely count as “90s cartoons.” It would be like calling “Scooby Doo” a “60s cartoon.” “Catdog” and “Pokemon” are kind of marginal as well. I feel like there was a kind of “generation shift” around 1996-97 when it came to animated series, the cusp-of-the-millenium shows belong to the next generation.