|11/16/20 "Get off the stage!"|
When I signed up for the Sketchbook Techniques & Expression class through Gage, I had a personal goal in mind that wasn’t specifically addressed by the course description. My nearly solitary focus on drawing from observation these past nine years was important for developing my drawing skills. But I have been wanting for a while to challenge myself to draw more from my mind – through memory or imagination. As I’d hoped, instructor Edie Everett’s assignments have been open enough that I’ve been productive in using the class as an opportunity to explore my own objectives.
For the final class, the theme was humor. We were given a page of corny jokes and puns to inspire illustrations or other interpretations, but nothing grabbed me (most made me groan). Shortly before the class began, however, I had seen a headline about how Trump was aware he had lost the election but was fighting it as “theater.” I had also seen plenty of political cartoons about his refusal to concede. All of it was stewing in my mind.
I had an hour to work on the humor assignment. Within the first several minutes, I scribbled an idea for a political cartoon. Then I immediately switched to a full sketchbook page. Somehow I managed to go from concept to pencil, ink, color and completion in 45 minutes!
|Here's the initial concept I scribbled in my Field Notes (and one of the lame jokes |
I had been considering before the cartoon idea came to me).
I don’t plan to become a political cartoonist, but overall, I’m pleased that this was the outcome of five weeks’ focus on working more from my head.