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My Little Black Sketchbook: Feet December 9, 2009

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I haven’t gotten very far in Keys to Drawing so far, but the first exercise is to draw my own feet, and so I have.

For basically never having drawn anything still-life in any real level of detail ever, I feel like this was a pretty good first crack at drawing a body part.  I probably spent too much time looking at the drawing and not enough at the feet, and I used my eraser some, which you aren’t supposed to do in the exercise.

This is getting me excited to take ArtDes 100 – Drawing for Non-Majors next semester.  Should be a great class.

My Little Black Sketchbook: SAX Inc. Exercise December 9, 2009

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There is an exercise in The Back of the Napkin that involves a company called SAX Inc. The idea is to draw out an entire visual thought process for a marketing pitch to the company. Here are my drawings, with extremely minimal commentary – I want people to buy this book and read it, so I am not giving anything excess away.  I apologize for photo quality.  I found my camera, and in the future I will be posting images that have been photographed with an actual camera.  Hurrah!

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My Little Black Sketchbook: My First SQVID November 29, 2009

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I have been reading The Back of the Napkin – aptly subtitled ‘Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures’.  It discusses visual thought and the utilization of napkin-sketches to get a point across.  At one point, the author talks about SQVID, his method for developing visualization skills.  It involves drawing ten separate drawings of an idea to help you develop the idea.  He includes an exercise in Chapter 6 to develop your first SQVID.  I have included mine below the jump, with explanations. I apologize if the images aren’t the best quality.  They were taken with my 1.3MP iPhone camera.

SQVID is an acronym that stands for:

Simple-Elaborate: A simple drawing vs a drawing that involves a step back.  Can be how zoomed in or how complex, depending.

Qualitative-Quantitative: Drawing for quality and characteristics vs drawing for quantity and statistics.

Vision-Execution: Drawing end product vs drawing how to get to end product.

Individual-Comparison: Drawing one method of doing things vs drawing multiple methods in a comparison.

Change-Status Quo: Drawing what things would be like if they were different vs drawing the current situation.  The D actually stands for Delta, hence the first word being change.  Isn’t that awesome?

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My Little Black Sketchbook: Introduction November 29, 2009

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I bought myself a sketchbook today.

My Little Black Sketchbook

Which is good, because I have bought myself two drawing books over the past two days.

The Back of the Napkin – Dan Roam

Keys to Drawing – Bert Dodson

I will be going through both of these books.  I am currently reading The Back of the Napkin, and Keys to Drawing will be a sort of persistent thing throughout the end of this semester and through most off the next.  Expect a bunch of sketches.  Unfortunately, I am mostly using my 1.3MP iPhone camera instead of scanning or a real camera, so they may not look the best.  Eventually, I may upgrade my iPhone or figure out where my regular 6MP camera is.  Since I am currently traveling, iPhone it is.

I am also introducing a new Post Title Monicker: “My Little Black Sketchbook”, which is kind of self-explanatory.  Every one of these posts will have something to do with my sketchbook.