When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?”
Coursera offers a lot of interesting courses — one of them is “Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques”. The course starts today, so you can still participate (given that you can access the course information as long as the course is running, you could possibly enter the course later, but you will likely miss a lot of the course experience).
The very short impression I gained from the first videos is very positive. In a way, I feel like during school when I failed to understand binary code at first — I simply wrote down a couple of 0′s and 1′s. When I finally understood how it worked, it was very easy to see why my first guess made no sense. I felt similar when watching the video about lines — there is a lot of basic information I missed when trying to understand drawing — and I am looking forward to learn more (if I can make and defend the time for it ;-)).
BTW, Coursera offers also courses about music, writing, art history and the like. Highly recommended.
A man’s face is his autobiography.
A woman’s face is her work of fiction.
It is astonishing how blind some disciplines can be for the talents of other disciplines. I’ve already written about the benefits (and challenges) of interdisciplinary work in science (and did an update in the 2nd edition of “Organizing Creativity”), here I take the example of photography. Or rather, of photography and other disciplines that are very helpful for photography, yet are often neglected when it comes to teaching/learning photography.
I am sure there are others, but I focus here on
The creative process is a mess of unrealized ideas, false starts, and revisions. It offers more blood, sweat, and tears than your parents’ record collection. Once you experience it, however, it’s tough to live without it.
“The Creative Process” by Grant Snider
I recently stumbled upon “INCIDENTAL COMICS” by Grant Snider. Beautifully drawn comics with depth (literally and figuratively), humor, and inspiration. I also like his explanations below the comics (see the quote above for an example).
To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.
I tried out Diaspora* and stumbled upon this link: 99 Life Hacks to make your life easier!
There are some really impressive and surprisingly solutions to everyday problems.
Some sketching and painting notepads have the paper glued together on all four sides of the notepad. This makes sure that the paper stays in place when you sketch/paint. Given that I love the paper of Clairefontaine notepads and that they do not offer their pads as sketching/painting notepads, I tried to modify one of their normal spiral bound notepads this way.
I opened the cover and carefully applied glue (“Uhu(R) Kraft”) to the sides of the notepad. One side at a time and let it dry overnight. It worked perfectly — the paper got a little uneven, but only minimally. The liquid adhesive dried and did not become sticky anymore. In retrospect I should have left (part of) one side unglued to make it easier to remove a page.
But it’s a nice way to get a sketching/painting notepad with the paper you love.
Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.
Having my iPad for about three weeks, I tried out a few sketching apps. While I love Autodesk SketchBook Mobile I do not think that this is the end of the line, and it is not. Depending on what you want to do, two Apps are very interesting:
Paper by FiftyThree
Paper by FiftyThree strives to give you the Moleskine experience on your iPad — you have to buy additional ways to sketch to really use the software, but the ease with which you can sketch is impressive. Not sure how a graphic professional would feel about it, but the sketches look nice to an amateur. Read More