A sure way to keep from making static, lifeless drawings is to think of drawing verbs instead of nouns. Basically, a noun names a person, place, or thing; a verb asserts, or expresses action, a state of being, or an occurrence. I speak often of shifting mental gears and here is another place to do it. The tendency […]
No artist contained an extra wrinkle in their brain as big as Leonardo Da Vinci. He was a creative genius who combined the disciplines of both art and science to make something new. Leonardo’s formula: see, contemplate, emulate, remix, and recast. His undivided mind drove his imagination which led him toward discovery and innovation. He […]
‘Faceloops’ by Matthias Brown AKA Traceloops We can trace a loop with exactitude. Replication is the first step in learning a new process and developing our own style. The shift from copying to creating something original is a slow one. The objects already out there shape our understanding of how things usually work. It is the desire to […]
As if the 10,000 different colors in the pantone palette app isn’t enough, how about this. Using the Cronzy pen, you can scan any color in the real world and use it to draw. Alternatively, you can choose from the 16-million unique colors in the app. Now you can color in Donald Trump in countless ways.
A few days ago I tweeted “No more adult coloring books.” I did not mean to disparage the inner artist, just the fad that makes $12 million in sales a year. Why do people stop making art in the first place? “Children learn through play, but adults play through art.” – Brian Eno I found […]
One way to generate good ideas is to produce a lot of bad ones first. Focus on quantity rather than quality so you have a lot to play with. New Yorker’s cartoon editor Bob Mankoff says coming up with good ideas starts with asking yourself “what if?” ‘Ideas breed ideas’..He’s always amazed by the people […]
Jot it down, Write it, Scribble it, Record it, Instagram it, Snap it, Scrawl it, Paint it, Graffiti it, Visualize it. Sauté it. It doesn’t matter what tool you use to capture it; what matters is that you get it down first. Only then can you consider sharing it.
Concepts are initial ideas, sketches, plans, on how things could look and be built out. They’re not meant to be final but rather starters for discussion. Here’s Elon Musk’s sketch for his proposed “Hyperloop.” Here’s Jack Dorsey rough sketch of Twitter. The sketch is a jumping off point. By all means, criticize it, toss it, […]
“Drawing is little other than a form of unfettered writing in ornaments and figures” — Michael Diers