Sometimes I feel like drawing but end up just staring at a blank page.
THE SKETCHBOOK IDEA GENERATOR
This idea started at a workshop I attended about a year ago with Priscilla Burris. She had a everyone randomly write down an animal and an emotion which we then had to draw. I got an “ecstatic pig”.
I enjoyed the exercise, and after some thought on it I came up with my Sketchbook Idea Generator.
I started out making some lists in a word program under the categories of: Person, Action/Emotion, Time, and Place.
This is what I came up with. (if you want to try it, feel free to print the jpg)
As you can see, some of the people aren’t actually people, and things range from general to really specific. I did that on purpose
After that I printed the list, cut the words into little paper pieces and put them in envelopes in the back pocket of my sketchbook.
Now if I’m stumped on what to draw. I just pull out the envelopes, pick some papers randomly out of them, and sketch away.
I usually pick one from the person category, and anywhere from one to all of the other categories, but you can do any combo that you want.
With some of my 20 min sketches this week I’ve gotten: Edwardian + Cat + Car
Teenage girl + Dragon + a Snowy place
Clown + Sad +1700’s
I’ll be at it on my Sketch blog all month long so check back often to see what other ideas are generated.
You can also give it a whirl yourself. I’d love to hear about your experiences.
Now for the moment you might have been waiting for, last weeks Giveaway winner is:
# 3 Dashbo!
(winner was chosen completely at random by drawing numbers from a bowl)
contact me and I will get you your prize.
Now if you didn’t win, no worries.
There are still four more giveaways to try your typing fingers at or you can check out my print shop or card shop to get your own Manelle art right away. (once you have won you are no longer eligible to enter again)
Here is what you can win.
Three illustrated art prints. They are printed on Epson Velvet fin art paper and signed by me.
They are in two sizes one 5.75×8.5 and two 13×8.5 prints. (not standard frame sizes)
To enter this contest here is what you need to do.
1. Comment below before Midnight MST on December 12, 2011
Tell me one or all of these things: what your favorite fairy tale is,
or if there is any art in my portfolio that you would like to see as a print,
or if you try out the “generator” I’d love a link to see your sketches.
2. Tweet or Facebook status a link back to this blog post.
I’ll announce the winner next Thursday.
Good luck everyone.