This month, we partnered with Doodle Addicts on a fun and quirky Drawing Challenge! One that challenged artists to take a walk down memory lane, and illustrate their childhood imaginary friend.

Why Doodle?

We are on the same page as Doodle Addicts’ when it comes to celebrating our incessant need to doodle! Other than the obvious benefit of it being an outlet for everyday creativity, research suggests that there are also additional perks to doodling, like helping you stay focused, relieving stress, understanding new concepts more quickly, and helping you explore new ideas.

So the only question is, why not Doodle?

Never too old for Imaginary Friends

The artists’ submissions were a breath of fresh air! A lot of them were quirky, cleverly illustrated, and oozing with talent. It was hard for us to pick our favourites, but here are a few that really stood out to us, and some of which reminded us of our own imaginary friends:

  • By Federico

    From the Artist:
    “ I found a picture of me as a kid talking to my hand. I had forgotten my hand had a voice and a personality. Maybe there were several imaginary friends that inhabited my hands at one point, in this picture I’m trying to give them some fur and feathers. I wish I remembered their names.”

    Why we like it:
    “I love his memory of talking to his hands as a kid and the idea that his hands took on all new characters in his mind.” – Kelley

  • by Pilar Moreno

    From the Artist:
    Punky

    Why we like it:
    “He looks like he likes long walks on the beach.” – Faraz

  • by Sydney Anne Bellair

    From the Artist:
    “This creature has green moss growing out of its back and stick-like antlers extruding out of its head to improve its camouflage in the woods. Not only is my imaginary friend cute and cuddly but it is also agile and stealthy. The shiny scales that cover the lower half of its body provide protection to the creature. Overall, this imaginary friend is amazing in every way.”

    Why we like it:
    I love animals and mythical creatures and have always considered pets to be like friends, each with their own unique personality. Just like this cool cat! – Kira

  • by Joey Gao

    From the Artist:
    “My imaginary friend as a kid was a monster travelled from telephone pole to telephone pole, and it always dangled the moon in front of me.”

    Why we like it:
    “This monster brings some light into the darkness.” – Faraz

  • by Adriane Skinner

    From the Artist:
    “This is Thumb Shark. I doodled him on my phone at a difficult former in a moment of frustration and despair, my cousin named him, and he took on a life of his own from there. He does everything with me, from assembling IKEA furniture to snorkeling to writing a thesis. He is eternally curious and definitely not a morning shark.”

    Why we like it:
    “I love Thumb Shark’s personality, and can totally relate to not being a morning shark!” – Apple

  • by Jesse Norman Bergstrom

    From the Artist:
    “Our treehouses and forts were always the place our imaginations ran wild. Lucky for this one her treehouse is more than willing to run off with her!”

    Why we like it:
    “I could personally identify with the artist’s fondness for treehouses and forts” – Kelley

  • by Simon Wells

    From the Artist:
    “As a child, I’d read Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and a brooding, Goth like Juliet became my imaginary friend. She would sit on a swing and be my muse.”

    Why we like it:
    “I wonder how her love story ends…” – Kira

  • by Lala

    From the Artist:
    “Every Kid loves sweets and Midnight is no exception. Midnight is a donut grabbin’, Candy eating, Cookie snatching kitten that flies through the kitchen in the wee hours of the night to gather all the treats your mother said you just couldn’t have.”

    Why we like it:
    “Cookies and Cats! Some of the best things in life.” – Apple

Which submission is your favourite?

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Doodle your creative magic

Doodling can happen anywhere, anytime, as long as you have a pen (or a 3Doodler). You can Doodle anything from cartoons, abstract shapes, words, to patterns. Feeling nostalgic for your childhood imaginary friend? We say let your inner child run free and Doodle away!

Keep an eye out for our announcement of the winning submissions, coming soon…

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