JUNE in a nutshell: Gestures, waveforms, posts and sketches… lots of sketches.

June gestures

Hello June! I have returned from a short break, fresh and rejuvenated, ready to jump headlong into the challenging month ahead.  I’m filled with excitement, anticipation, a little giddiness and more than a little anxiety I must say. A healthy dose I am sure! The first day back to office life is always an adjustment for me. So, while going over the various events and activities on my list I was compelled to gesture up a grid as a meditation of sorts and and to summon some calm before the storm.  You could also say ‘procrastination‘ right there. Regardless, the #gridsgestures activity just keeps on giving.  Now for a quick review to keep us sorted, here is a shortlist of what I’ve got coming down the pipe.

  1. Next week begins the festival of learning.  On top of my regular ETUG commitments (truthfully largely centred around the pub night) I am involved in sharing two studio sessions. First our homegrown “3Ds” of EdMedia workshop in which we share process and give participants a hands on opportunity develop some media themselves.  Next, I’m fortunate to be joining up with a stacked cross institution team for Podcast podcast, 123! a session on, well… you know.
  2. The 2nd week, we will be having our EdMedia showcase, where SFU faculty share the results of the Educational Media projects they have been working on for the past month or show. Expect the Faculty showcase to light up with a fresh batch of largely narrative driven projects.
  3. Week 3 is a big one, with the first edition of the SKETCHING IN PRACTICE symposium! I’ve got to get my game together for this one as I am playing the role of host for the first time.  Still, I expect this to be the highlight of my year, let alone month. Stoked!
  4. Finally, the following week we rerun the 3Ds workshop, this time on an international stage at EdMedia 2016.

And thats June! There are a few other irons in the fire to be sure, but I hope between doing “Grids and Gestures” drawings, and using my blog, I will be able to share, process and update you on how this all goes down. I’m expecting the best!

Story shapes – EdMedia at work

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Drawing can be exhausting. After a couple of weeks working with our EdMedia participants, I’m feeling about the same as our little buddy JD here. Check out some of the other work generated from the EdMedia version of Grids and Gestures in this post.

It’s been 2 weeks since the last Going Visual (III) session, and I’m just now gathering my thoughts and posting the galleries up. I shared some reflections over on jasontoal.ca diving deeper into the connection between drawing and music making (more to follow), and will be sharing some of the work below.

Story shapes, grids and gestures: Visual activity at play

This activity generated some interesting drawings as can be seen in our flickr gallery. The response from the group was mixed, but in general all were able to use the “story shape” seen in the Vonnegut video as a structure for “the shape of their day”. Note the continuity of the sine curves in almost every drawing. Plenty of creativity and potential for developing this work, like in some cases the shape is represented as a map. What was most important for us was if, and how they were able to use this activity to move their own projects forward.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/empgrids2016

Today we are doing the Show and tell day with our EdMedia participants, and its great to see so many doodles and storyboards being posted. Looking forward a lively discussion!

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)
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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!