During the first term of my first year of the BA Illustration course, there was A LOT of drawing. I know, you're thinking... uh- DUH, KIM! You're doing ILLUSTRATION... but what I mean is- we did a lot of intense, quick drawing sessions. Some in the studio, some in museums and some out on the streets. This was one of my favourite exercises we did.That there is a photo of a tutor explaining to us what we were doing. They would play a bunch of songs, with a theme, like 'angry' or 'soppy' or 'funny' of all kinds and our job was to make as many drawings as possible in that time. The aim was to make one or two per song- which trust me, is no mean feat! It's hard! Each song is, like 2.5 min. That's not a lot of time.But- it does loosen you up a lot! It makes you try new things, a lot of the drawings we did were shit- but that wasn't the point. We were supposed to go with out gut instinct, let the pens/brushes/pencils do the thinking while your mind was concentrating on the music. Draw what comes naturally and just go with it.
It was such a good idea. It got everyone thinking- and they made us put our drawings straight on the wall after we made them- it was like a crazy paper factory in there! But, really inspiring to see these little collections of quick drawings. Here are some of mine:(A photo of a quick break in between 'sets')If you're EVER stuck, and need to get going again, I highly suggest trying this out. Put together a 30 min playlist and make 30 drawings. You might be surprised at how helpful it is later on. [:Here's another 'after' shot of what my desk looked like. I tried to clear it up after each set, but it was soooo messy all the time. fun fun fun!
Do you have favourite music that you listen to when you make things? Do you think it affects your final outcome? Kimxo