Experiment with Text & Image


Experiment with Text & Image
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Text:Journal – 22 August 2007 This isn’t bad. Talked to JP and Beth at the café and got some encouragement and advice on being an artist and designer. I liked it but I’m embarrassed about showing my drawings still. Photographing them for Flickr and for my blog will help. Doing the sky as text doesn’t really work very well, but maybe with some practice I will get better. I need to switch colors to make it work.

Thoughts: Perspective in this is problematic. Not as much of the gray roofs should be visible. The trees should be more filled in, but I became too impatient doing the circles for the roof of the train station. It wound up being more of a color study than anything else.

Feelings: As part of my effort to become a more effective communicator, I’m working on doing a sketch a day or a week once school starts, and posting it. Most of them will take the form of a quick sketch in my Moleskine sketchbook, like this. I don’t feel I’m a great artist by any means, but maybe making a regular effort to post will help push me to become better. Here’s hoping.

2 comments

  1. Sketching = communication

    David Gray of Xplane.com helped me understand that this generation of kids are visual thinkers, and that by boosting my ability to communicate as a visual thinker, I’m boosting my ability to reach this generation as a teacher. You can see examples of David’s work from this gateway — this is one of the images which first grabbed me.

    I’ve seen Leslie’s books before, and I think I may need to read them soon-esque. If you have one of them, we can arrange a hand-off in the near future, too, and that would be great.

    If you go to m

  2. As part of my effort to become a more effective communicator, I’m working on doing a sketch a day or a week once school starts, and posting it.

    How does sketching make you a more effective communicator? ( That’s with a “hmmm, interesting!” tone of voice.)

    This reminded me of some books I read about field notebooks and sketch diaries. It might be of interest to you too, between NOLS and the student nature club. See: Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You by Clare Walker Leslie. Leslie’s books overlap a lot, so if your library doesn’t have one it may have another of hers. I like that they mix visual and verbal observations, and that the text takes away some of the critical impulses I have about my sketching ability. I might have something stashed in my attic, too, if you’d like a loan.

    Hey, the Inspire stone was enough, you don’t have to provide concierge inspiration service too.

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