Friday, December 24, 2010

Doodles become art work at UT

Updated: Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010, 5:35 AM CST
Published : Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010, 5:35 AM CST

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Remember back when you were in school and your mind may have wandered. Chances are you may have doodled a drawing on a piece of paper.

One man over at the University of Texas has made it a hobby to capture a few pictures of some of the unique doodles students are creating in the Perry Casteneda Library.

Frank Meaker is one of the men in charge of making sure the library stays in an orderly fashion during the year.

But as he walked around he started to notice more than studying taking place, he discovered some unique doodles on the white boards.

"I thought I need to take a picture of it and then I would take another one and now I have 50 or more pics of things people left on the white boards," said Frank Meaker, Projects Specialist at the University of Texas Library system. "One of my favorite ones is the girls sitting there studying and she is drooling on her table because she fell asleep studying and that's exactly what we see during finals and midterms."

He uses his Smartphone to capture the work that's left behind.

"Unless I take a picture of it, it's going to be gone in an hour or two because someone is going to come in and erase it," said Meaker.

There are simple ones from "I hate PCL" to "I Love American History" - or the scribbles.

"Some of the drawings are really bad but the comments are really hilarious of what this doodle guy says," said Meaker. "One of my favorites is Abraham Lincoln and under the strengths it says freed the slaves and weakness bullets."

Frank started posting the pictures on the UT Libraries Flickr site and when he snapped a picture with a doddle that had his name on it he realized students were starting to take notice.

"At the very top it says you can erase everything on the board just make sure Frank gets a picture of grandma first so I had made it," said Meaker.

His friends joke he should start a business with the doodles.

"You ought to put them on t-shirts or coffee mugs and we could call it 'Meaker Wear'," said Meaker

But for now Frank Meaker will just settle for capturing a unique part of UT history.

"I'm preserving a part of the students lives that most people really don't see or notice," said Meaker.

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