Grids & Gestures: Day 1

My previous comics workshop skills, and future Going Visual sessions are getting a work out this week thanks to Dr. Nick Sousanis, and his Grids and Gestures activity which began today. As per Nicks instructions I…

  1. Considered my (rather vast) knowledge of comic panel layout and eg thereof.
  2. Considered my surroundings, life, and “shape of my day”.
  3. Found a single page upon which to draw, my pens and filled it up.
  4. Was careful to be non-representational (which didnt work)
  5. Posted online and tagged it  (and for bonus points #tdc155)
grid and gesture acrtivity
Grids and Gestures drawing comics activity – Day 1

Not exactly sure how the religious iconography snuck in there, nor how effective I was at staying non-representational. Still, I found the activity challenging to do quickly (in under 15 min) as I tend to dwell and futz around with things to no end.  Still it was a much simpler and faster way to get at the main idea behind a more elaborate version I did in a Scott Macleod workshop a few years ago.  One thing I take away from these activities is that, even when doing a very simple drawing task, it becomes much more complex if your subject matter is personal.  You are drawing for two audiences in this case, both the reader and yourself. The reader I can deal with, but the other target audience seems always more difficult to please!