005: Drawing + Writing

Pilot Eps Jan 27, 2020

This includes:

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

Part I: Creative Artifacts

I've always enjoyed drawing.

Exhibit A: Mid-late 1990s.

That fresh purple turtleneck 🔥

My thoughts:

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

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

Exhibit B: Jousting

drawing of a jousting knight on horseback

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

Great pecs (wow). Stoked, dude 🏄

Exhibit D: Greek myths

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


I'd eventually like to do a Greek myths episode 💡

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?

Part II: Drawing and Writing

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:

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 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 had as kids.

Try this interactive drawing series:

047: Art for Amateurs
Seven short sketching prompts. No experience required!

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 🍝

More visual art :

074: Darth Tennis
How Darth Maul plays tennis (speculative).
066: Photo Gallery
Photography by Lucas Hoeffel.
085: Woodcut Prints
Hand-made art and reflections on family (guest post by Neige Christenson).
062: Your Drawings
A crowdsourced gallery of quick sketches.
038: Cats and Toast
A visual exploration of the buttered cat paradox.