Shapes

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I’m starting a short course in drawing comics and graphic novels on Monday at the Royal Drawing School:

“Shorter exercises will generate ideas, build confidence and skills and encourage experimentation, before leading on to individual project work with one-tone support from the tutor. Students will explore the many different forms the drawn story can take, from fiction to diary comics, memoir, literary adaptation, biography and history, with inspiration drawn from contemporary examples.”

Pearlyn did the course back in March, and says some of the shorter exercises involve drawing shapes (like two triangles) and turning them into characters and situations, drawing them in a fight, etc. It sounds awesome.

This scares me a bit:

“They will create several of their own comics and graphic short stories and will finish the course with a complete pencilled and inked story.

I have a few ideas…

  • Weird Cambrian critters (like the Burgess Shale), or something else around evolution and early life on planet earth. It’s so weird that these creatures once dominated life on earth like humans do today. I don’t know if a comic or graphic novel is the right form, but it’s worth exploring. I’m an enormous fan of scientific illustration like Haeckel.
  • Contemporary, modern twists on fairy tales, or a sequel, prequel, different take on Little Red Riding Hood… there are so many fairy tales. There are so many stories waiting to be retold.
  • Silicon Valley satire “fairytales”.

I have an awkward relationship with drawing. It frustrates me, but I can’t stop. Expressing ideas visually is hard; storytelling is even harder.

At the very least, I hope I’ll produce more post-it note doodles to share on Instagram.

Mycetozoa by Haeckel – a beautiful illustration of slime mould.