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Curating Inspiration

Pattie Belle Hastings

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. 

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Design Drawing Workshop

Pattie Belle Hastings

As both a practitioner and educator, design education is of keen interest to me and it seems the old art school foundational model no longer meets the needs of most interactive design students. So what model is appropriate for students that will be designing for experiences on devices? Our increasingly screen-dominated world has brought us to a critical juncture in drawing education. 

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Finger Drawing

Pattie Belle Hastings

Electric Finger: an experiment in touch surface drawing
Our fingers are electric. They emit electromagnetic frequencies that allow us to interact with touch screen technologies. It’s called “finger capacitance” and it’s this conductive property of our fingers that makes capacitive touch sensing possible. Mobile devices, such as my iPod Touch, are designed to respond to the taps and caresses of my fingertips, providing access to necessary but mundane information or allowing for moments of unique creative exploration. For decades, it has been possible to draw with a computer using a mouse or stylus, but now we can carry electronic sketchbooks in our pockets with the tools for mark making at the ends of our arms.
TRACEY: Drawing and Visual Research, Loughborough University School of Art & Design, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK

Drawing flowers through the microscope

Pattie Belle Hastings

Microscopy Triptych

Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators (CTNSI) has educational programs in natural science drawing, painting and illustration. This was a two day workshop that I took with my daughter during July 2012. We learned the terminology, parts and kinds of flowers as we dissected and drew from a variety of species.

 Drawings and photos from the workshop.

Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators (In Collaboration with Yale Peabody Museum)

The Drawing Continuum

Pattie Belle Hastings

…drawing is many-stranded and comprises at least some of the following elements: it is essential to the conceiving of ideas; it initiates the work of art; it is a part of the developmental processes of making; and it is implicated in the end product, whatever the medium. In other words, drawing is part of a continuum of making and thinking and of invention and completion.

Deanna Petherbridge
The Primacy of Drawing

Drawing and Thinking

Pattie Belle Hastings

In this age of technological immersion, are we on the brink of losing drawing as a talent, skill or cognitive tool? 

I, for one, worry that we are. I know that I am not alone. It was through a gadget that I returned to drawing after more than a decade away from it. This, and a focused mindfulness practice, has led me to a deeper inquiry into drawing states and the state of drawing. So, I am embarking upon an exploration of drawing as a means for personal development; to record the world; to practice mindful presence; as a tool for embodied action; to explore and generate ideas; to develop and communicate ideas; to plan and realize ideas; to gain new knowledge; and for the pure pleasure of creative practice and expression. I am drawing and I am researching drawing in the humanities, sciences, business, technology and design disciplines. Some end goals include; joining the international forces that are advocating the resurgence of drawing and drawing research; promote drawing as an activity for anyone and everyone through workshops and events; cultivate my own drawing practice along with writing, research and teaching on the subject. 

This will be a place that I can think and draw out loud.