Great artists even just sketch sometimes to relax and brush up on their skills without putting in too much effort. The artist Jay Cartner uploaded a sketchy doodle of their goofy dog Stanley on the internet, and it went viral and became a most popular piece of art.
Jay said they’ve been creating art for over 25 years, taking their first art class at just five years old in an interview with Bored Panda.
Meet Stanley, Jay’s goofy greyhound
The artist said, “No one has ever really been interested in my serious stuff, but my goofy little doodles seem to make people smile. I’ve been drawing for years, and greyhounds make perfect models.” Jay and their husband, Grady, have three retired racing greyhounds: Stanley, Stuart, and Kitty.
Jay’s goofy doodles quickly went viral
Jay’s first greyhound is this 8-year-old Stanley. She adopted him six years ago and they started fostering retired greyhounds almost immediately as he was so wonderful. Jay described Stanley, “He is an absolute goofball! He loves cookies and hates any form of exercise. He was born to lounge on the couch; in fact, he might be more potato than greyhound! He makes the most awkward movements and poses when he prances around in the backyard and he is incredibly fun to draw! He loves everyone he’s ever met and enjoys being the center of attention in every way.”
The artist said, “I succeeded in making myself laugh and posted these sketches on Facebook in case it might make someone else smile. I had no idea they would be quite this popular!”
Jay says, “I think people enjoy them because our animals all have such wonderful individual personalities and these doodles illustrate these personalities in a simple and fun way. When people commission me to draw their dogs (and now cats, horses, guinea pigs, geckos, and children!) I love to chat with them about their animals and what makes them special and I try to let their personalities shine through the drawings.”
According to Jay, their current world is full of stress and negative experiences and they’ve been told that their doodles “provide something of a brief escape from the crushing weight of existence”.
“I understand that my style is not for everyone, and that is ok! Art is subjective! I’m just happy that I’m able to make people smile!”
Jay started doodling other peoples’ pets too!
Jay’s doodles are popular among people, they’ve even started Facebook and Instagram so everyone could enjoy them. The artist said, “After my first doodle post exploded on Facebook, I started getting a lot of requests. People wanted to know where they could find more doodles. I didn’t have any more doodles, so I made a few more that night. Then it just sort of evolved.”
Jay got a lot of custom commission work and all sorts of requests for doodles and even paintings and also working on some custom doodle t-shirts and tote bags too!
Jay said, “People have requested everything from a book to a shower curtain, so I’m trying to figure out how to make these options available to people who want them. I have ideas for a webcomic as well!”