Why Iris’s Lolly Morris doodles pictures of strangers’ selfies | Creative Pursuits

In the second episode of Creative Pursuits, The Drum asks why Iris’ design director Lolly Morris has created the alter ego of Stalker Doodle – an anonymous Instagram artist that recreates strangers’ selfies in Post-It note form.

Morris’s method is simple: search #selfie on Instagram, select a photo, turn it into an illustration with pens on a Post-It note then video her masterpiece and send it back to Instagrammer. This all takes place within 10 minutes.

Morris began her doodling hobby as a way of turning her commute into work more creatively stimulating. She also noted that while she uses Instagram to select her victims, it somewhat prevents the urge to mindlessly scroll through social media while providing “five to ten minutes’ peace on my morning and evening commute”.

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Behind Stalker Doodle, however, is a deft commentary and warning to today’s narcissistic culture. “I think it’s really strange how people put random pictures of themselves out into the world, into the public domain. I wanted to highlight how weird it was.

“It’s highlighting how public [people’s] pictures are, but also it’s a little bit of fun.”

Watch the first episode of Creative Pursuits featuring Ian Haworth and a freezing cold lake here, and email katie.deighton@thedrum.com to get involved in future episodes.

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Katie Deighton

Katie Deighton is The Drum’s senior reporter - creative and video based in London. She produces, films, presents and edits the title’s editorial video output, including series such as On The Scene, Ad Breakers and Why I Left Advertising, and manages its coverage of the creative sector. She also reports on the intersection between politics and marketing, as well as the third sector and fashion.

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