I have no earthly idea why, but somehow I seem to be a better listener on the telephone if I have a pencil in hand. Not in my ear, don’t get me wrong - in my hand. Heaven knows why. Then, should the conversation over the phone last long enough, I can’t help myself : I just have to keep that hand busy, otherwise it gets bored. Just so that it’ll leave me alone… And so I let it draw.
When I hang up, I’m always stunned by the results. I don’t know who takes over and draws squiggles with my hand, while I’m on the phone. One thing’s for sure. It just isn’t me ! Or at the very least not the usual me, the one I spend most of my conscious life with. I often feel that whoever draws while I’m busy talking seizes the moments when I’m otherwise engaged, and does whatever I prevent him from doing as soon as I hang up again.
To cut a long story short, I kept a stack of these curious drawings, including the few samples you can see below. I shan’t fail to renew them regularly. You see, I spend an awful lot of time on the phone.