Cath said she’s no good at visual art. She wanted to use our collaboration to get clearer ideas about a scene in a book.
We used drawing to work out who was in the room, and what was in there with them – then to use the “props” to develop her narrative. Bear in mind that we started with a blank page. This is what we finished with.
You can watch our process, and maybe pick up some tips about how drawing can help your writing, in the video recording:
Our drawing/writing process
Afterwards, Cath sent this message:
Hi JP, great to see you (on Zoom) again. I really enjoyed it. What a fresh way to unblock writers block- by having fun!
We decorated one of the sketches I made while training in impro with Keith Johnstone. It was just a line drawing, with the three “lifebelts” listed on the top right.
Joel used his iPad today for the first time. And to raise the stakes a bit we recorded it live to Facebook. I have no idea what people watching might have made of the sight of us drawing – the picture itself never appeared on screen.
At one point, as I was drawing the splashes and the big wave, I lost Joel for a bit and had to talk to myself.
Today’s session was not recorded on video. Sorry about that. The full picture can be seen below.
We started by familiarising ourselves with Aggie.io, the online drawing tool thingy.
We made a few marks, most of which subsequently got hidden or deleted. And we settled on courage as our theme.
My dog Peanut inspired us to start. We created the wolf as a scary counterpoint, and devised a short dialogue.
Anna suggested that the wolf might even eat the sun itself, which greatly ramped up the scariness.
Quite a bit of mark-making got erased or undone, until towards the end, when the ticking of the clock required us to make marks and add colourful decorative elements in haste, without worrying if they were “good” or not.