On the very last day of November 2014, I decided that I would draw every day of the month of December. I invited my friends on Facebook to join me in my #drawingdecember experiment. Rather than impose 31 days of drawing on everyone, I set some loose parameters. Please join me for this annual experiment in human mark making.
My humble scribes for this fabulous event - inspirational and aspirational! I was the Live Scribe for 24 speakers ranging from a Tibetan Lama to former Black Panther. These were created on an iPad using Paper by 53, Brushes and Penultimate. My current favorite stylus is the Pencil by 53. Each event that I Live Scribe, refines and improves my attention, listening and synthesizing skills.
Recycle, Reuse, Remake. Hand made sketchbook using papers, scraps and ephemera from a giant recycled materials warehouse in Bristol, UK. I even managed to find a little time to make a book during my drawing research trip to meet and collaborate with my fellow HATCH members. The further along I get in my art career, the more I like to use existing or found materials to make my work.
In drawing, the term ‘hatch’ refers to certain gestures of mark-making - accumulations of closely drawn parallel lines used to describe areas of tone or shade. Yet this word ‘hatch’ carries other meanings -meanings that imply opening, emergence, incubation, the devising of plots and plans. It is our belief that all of the defining pathways encompassed by this word ‘hatch’ are accessed through drawing. Drawing leads the eyes and the hands to record wonder, solve puzzles, map out directions and solutions, expound on mysteries.
The phenomenological experience of touch screen drawing differs from than that of analog drawing tools. I sharpen a pencil and apply the point to a surface to make a mark. I see the point and I use the point. Where exactly is the tip of my finger? I am still unable to locate it after having drawn with it for a few years, now. It is really more of a pad than a point - like drawing with a very thick pencil. The mark it makes can be a fine line, but the sensation while drawing is not that of a fine point and I can’t completely determine where the line will go.
Visual recording for the 14th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology: On Location: presence, immersion and location was a challenging task. There were so many different programming languages, equations, and device hacks, it was difficult to visually capture the extremely technical nature of the conference presentations. The focused attention involved in visual recording helps me to absorb the knowledge imparted and stay present in the moment. Each visual recording experience builds on the previous and I try to design unique color palettes and techniques for each meeting or conference.
Theses are collaborative drawings created during a workshop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the International Drawing & Cognition Research2013 Symposium. I found it truly inspirational to explore materials and mark making with a group of people (most of whom I did not know.) I was transported by the energy of bodies moving, marking and shifting around the table from seat to seat and tool to tool.
A few of my sketchnotes from the 2013 Thinking through Drawing Symposium/Drawing Research Network Conferenceincluded a wide variety of workshops, discussions, presentations and panels in studios and museum galleries. “The topics explored the role of drawing in the 21st century: What is drawing for? What can it do? What can we do with it? Drawing pedagogy shapes practice, research shapes pedagogy and practice shapes both. As we think with, through and about drawing, how might pedagogy, practice and research inform one another? We explored the interweavings between these aspects of drawing in art, cognitive science and education.”
This drawing was made using white pen on 100 year old paper from a 19th century Yale medical student’s notebook. The ground is prepared for receiving the mark. Clearing the mind and making the mark. Focusing the attention and making the mark. Stilling the thoughts and making the mark. Feeling the pen and making the mark. Closing the eyes and making the mark. Hearing the mark as it is made. Feeling the mark as it is laid. Seeing the mark as it is made.
It used to be that we were limited to books, museums and galleries when we wanted to see wonderful examples of drawings and art. The works available were limited and rarified by the book publishing and museum curation processes. The scope of what we could view was very narrow. Social media curation has changed all that and we now make our own museums of inspiration. What follows are links to my ever growing galleries of drawings and tools for drawing.