Ovation: The Post-It Note Art of Ivan Mardones.
In college I was, sometimes, much better at learning from a book than from a lecture. Sitting in a large auditorium, my mind would wander depending on the speaker and the topic at hand. Let’s face it … some professors are boring and so are some class subjects. One can only listen for so long to a grumpy old man talk about sound waves in a physics lecture before counting the number of bobby pins in the hairstyle of the girl in front of you becomes the height of entertainment. I doodled.
At some point most of us have resorted to doodling. I’ve always been a “doodler”. As a child in church, my mother would give me one of those tiny church pencils the moment the sermon began and I would scribble on a bulletin until it I heard an “Amen”. In high school, and throughout college, my notebooks often contained more primitive artwork in the margins than useful notes that might actually help me pass an exam. As I entered the business world and found myself taking notes in meetings (a sign to the higher-ups that I was paying attention and intended to give the matter further thought) it was all but impossible to stop myself from drawing on my legal pads like I had done all my life. Since no one wants to be found with little palm trees, big-eyed stick figures and cartoon monsters on their meeting notes, I learned that a few well-placed Post-It Notes on my pages provided suitable drawing space that could later be removed. Genius, no?
Ivan Mardones makes Post-It Note doodling into masterpieces. Using only the little yellow papers and a ballpoint pen, he creates extraordinary art. Here are some of his most popular creations:
While the extent of my doodling prowess only reached to Christmas Trees and tic-tac-toe, Mardones appears to excel at drawing characters and scenes from popular horror films including The Shining, Poltergeist and Jaws.
“I use post-its because I can wear them all the time with me and when inspiration comes draw something quickly. I just do that for my friends. Of course, I love when people share or like it, so I’ll keep doing this until people forget that exists.” – Ivan Mardones.
Creating one piece of Post-It art per day, the Spanish artist shares photos of his drawings via social media including a Facebook page. Hopefully, he’s keeping them all and will someday have quite a collection to show.
Are you a “doodler”? Have you ever doodled on a Post-It Note?
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