23 Heartbreaking Doodles That’ll Make You Laugh, Cry, Or Probably Both

In his new book, Tragidoodles, illustrator Ben Cameron claims to have created “101 drawings that will break your heart”. Looking at the preview below, it’s safe to say he has achieved his goal. And then some! Good luck…

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“I used to doodle on scraps of paper to make myself and colleagues at work smile and laugh,” Cameron told BuzzFeed. “I found the sadder ones got the better reaction.”

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When asked why he thinks people respond so strongly to his drawings, the Rochester-based illustrator has a couple of theories: “I think perhaps there’s a devilish guilt in enjoying these, or maybe it’s the underlying love in the doodles that people are picking up on.”

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With 2016 being so bleak already, does Ben have plans for some more cheerful drawings? “I do a lot of sweet and uplifting doodles. I think what I’ll be working on next and throughout next year will be more of that. Kind, funny, and silly stuff. Unless there’s demand for Tragidoodles 2, that is…”

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Taken from the book Tragidoodles by Ben Cameron (Unbound, £9.99). You can see more of Ben’s work on his website, doodlesbyben.com.