Instead of shutting down his hobby of scribbling, Joe’s parents decided to support his imagination by sending their child to an after-school art class. That’s what the parents of 9-year-old Joe Whale did, as they motivated their child to keep drawing, even though he had got into trouble for doodling in school.


Joe was asked to decorate the dining room at the restaurant ‘ Number 4. ‘  in Shrewsbury, England,  Joe is now famous as The Doodle Boy and has his own blog, as well as social media pages that show off his amazing art. Scroll down to the conversation with Joe’s father Gregory by Bored Panda!

Bored Panda interviewed Joe’s dad Greg about the artistic talents of his son. According to Greg, his son has ‘always’ loved drawing and “was added to the Gifted register in primary school-aged 4.”

He added: “His identical twin brother Jesse was also added to the register.”

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They invited Joe to decorate the dining room of the restaurant.

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Greg also shared how long it has taken Joe to finish his sketches on the restaurant’s dining room walls.

“Joe spent about 12 hours illustrating the wall.”

What’s more, Greg had some advice for parents who want to encourage their kids to develop their talents: “I would advise parents to encourage their children to always follow their passion and dreams — research local workshops or groups within your local community.”

Any artist would love the creative freedom that Joe’s been offered.

Image credits: Greg Whale
Image credits: The Doodle Boy

Joe’s teacher posted his work on Instagram. His artwork caught the attention of the restaurant ‘ Number 4, ‘ which invited him to come over with his doodles and decorate their walls. Now, his dad drops him to the restaurant so he can draw his heart out.

Image credits: Greg Whale
Image credits: Greg Whale

“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,” Joe’s dad Greg told the media. “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.”

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Image credits: Greg Whale
Image credits: Greg Whale
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Joe’s family is incredibly supportive

Image credits: Greg Whale
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