This story is proof that you never know what’s going to go viral in our crazy internet-driven world. Some people spend months, even years, creating a true masterpiece, only to receive a weak “meh” in return.
Then, there are people like Jay Cartner who draw a quick doodle of their goofy-looking dog and end up a viral sensation being shared by publications everywhere.
Before we show you Jay’s wacky drawings, we must first introduce you to her goofy dog…
This is Stanley
Jay has been busy drawing and painting for 25 years. Yet, her most popular works of art to date are not the ones that took endless time, patience and thought.
Instead, it’s her quick and quirky drawings you might find on the edge of a napkin or the margins of a text book that have captured the world’s attention.
“My husband, Grady, and I have 3 retired racing greyhounds – Stanley, Stuart and Kitty,” Jay shared with Bored Panda in an interview.
“I’ve been making art since my first art class at 5 years old. 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.”
Turns out, Jay’s decision to quickly doodle some of Stanley’s oddest poses was her best artistic decision to date!
“Stanley was my first greyhound. He’s 8 years old. I adopted him 6 years ago and he was so wonderful that I almost immediately started fostering retired greyhounds. He is an absolute goofball!”
Stanley loves cookies and hates exercising (me too!).
“He was born to lounge on the couch; in fact,” Jay jokes, “he might be more potato than greyhound!”
As Jay’s drawings make very clear, “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.”
How can this face and matching doodle not cheer you up?
Jay was recovering from a rather stressful day when she decided to doodle Stanley. She just wanted to busy her mind and try and destress. It worked! The drawings made her laugh and so she decided to share them on Facebook, in hopes they might help brighten someone else’s day.
“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 has her own theory about why these doodles resonate so strongly with the world, even more-so than her more serious artwork.
“I think our current world is full of stress and negative experiences. I’ve been told that my 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!”
The social media pages for Flat Dog Doodles offer people a place to share funny doodles and pictures, talk about their pets, and not take themselves too seriously.
If you get really lucky, Jay just might doodle your pet!
“After my first doodle post exploded on Facebook, I started getting a lot of requests,” Jay shared.
“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.”
“I’ve been getting a lot of custom commission work, digital doodle images, original custom doodles, and custom canvas paintings! I’m also working on being able to produce and sell custom-doodle t-shirts and tote bags within the next couple of weeks.”
Jay never expected her random doodles to take off like this.
“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!”
Check out the tongue on this one!
She draws pigs
And horses, too!