The doodle has always proven an apt means to avoid in-class learning, be it from elementary school phonics lessons to an intro-macroeconomics course in college. But unlike the figures that adorn the margins of our school notebooks, Japanese artist Keita Sagaki’s work takes the doodle to new–and surprisingly sophisticated–extremes. What appears at first glance to be a simple sketch of a famous sculpture or a quick drawing of the Mona Lisa transforms into an intricate copy consisting of tiny doodles.
Made up of UFOs, pirates, skulls and all other items you might find drawn thick in a journal entry, Sagaki convenes the high brow with the conventional by implementing his favorite graffiti and comic drawings into reproductions of iconic works of art. Incredibly, every drawing is improvised and drawn straight onto the page without planning. With that said, a lack of planning is hardly indicative of general expediency; some of Sagaki’s drawings take months to complete.