005: Drawing + Writing

Pilot Eps Jan 27, 2020

This has two parts:

  • Some recently-unearthed artifacts Β 
  • An excerpt from Lynda Barry's book "Making Comics"

Part I: Creative Artifacts

I've always enjoyed drawing.

Exhibit A: Mid-late 1990s. Kitchen table.

That fresh purple turtleneck πŸ”₯

My thoughts today:

  • Look how happy this guy is!
  • I wonder what I was making there...

My grandmother found some other pieces I'd given her a while back. I scanned them in this week (w/ minor editing) below.

Exhibit B: Jousting

drawing of a jousting knight on horseback
1996

This appears to be part of my late knights phase: Weapons, armor, castles with drawbridges, shark moats and portculli. Myths and medieval dragons etc.


Exhibit C: Extreme sports

watercolor painting of a surfer
1999

Look at his pecs (wow). Stoked, dude πŸ„


Exhibit D: Greek myths

drawing of a trojan horse being pulled towards a castle
1997?

I don't recall this Trojan Horse.
But can really appreciate the action and sense of story.

Note:

I'd eventually like to do a Greek myths episode πŸ’‘


Q: When you see artifacts from your childhood, can you teleport back to those moments in time? Do you remember what you were thinking/feeling then?


Part II: Drawing and Writing

My call-to-action (I've clearly buried the lede): You should read Lynda Barry's book "Making Comics". It is excellent.

Some of her insights:

  • Drawing and thinking are connected
  • Drawing comes from the body
  • You don't simply reflect the world with your hand - drawing tells you how you see and think

As Barry puts it in the intro:

There was a time when drawing and writing were not separated for you. In fact, our ability to write could only come from our willingness and inclination to draw. In the beginning of our writing and reading lives, we drew the letters of our name. The motions each requires hadn't become automatic yet. There was a lot of variability of shape, order and orientation. The letters were characters, and when certain characters got together in a certain order, they spelled your name."

She speaks often about teaching art to students of different ages. Her grad students? Anxious, self-conscious and miserable. Her pre-schoolers? Creative, experimental and wildly enthusiastic.

It's great to remember the wisdom we all had as kids.


Update:
I made an interactive drawing series! πŸ‘‡

047: Art for Amateurs
This is a free, week-long course, consisting of seven short drawing prompts. It’s designed to be fun and accessible to everyone.




ps. Someone replied to "Diverge Converge" with an analogy:

Throw all the spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks. Then make some sauce and meatballs.

Evocative image 🍝