Joseph Whale is a nine-year-old boy who lives in Shrewsbury, a town in western England. Like lots of kids, he found himself doodling in class, and like lots of teachers, Joe’s wasn’t a huge fan. Unlike lots of kids, he found a way to turn his doodling into a paying gig, a damn impressive feat for a kid still in elementary school.
But Joe couldn’t have done it without his parents.
“He was in school getting frustrated at the little amount of art he could do, so he used to doodle on the table’s whiteboard in class and get into trouble for doodling,” Joe’s dad Greg told StoryTrender.
Greg and his wife Vanessa found a local art class called Bloom to give him more structured time to do art. Kerry Jones, his teacher there, was impressed from day one.
“His work is very exact and immaculate,” she said. “It’s very balanced, he goes straight to ink and creates perfect work straight from the start, no practicing beforehand.”
She was so impressed that she immediately moved him into a more advanced class and posted an Instagram photo of some of his work after he’d been attending for a few weeks.
The proprietors of Number 4, a restaurant in Shrewsbury, saw the post and were so impressed they reached out to Jones, who connected them with Joe and his family. He was commissioned to doodle on a huge, bare white wall in the main dining room.
Joe started spending a couple of hours a night at the restaurant, creating an impressively huge work of art and entertaining diners who got to see the young artist in action.
“We are immensely proud of him and as long as he’s enjoying what he’s doing, we’re going to support him in everything he wants to achieve,” Greg said.