My original idea for the creative habit assigned was to create a definitive story sketch, with a beginning, middle, and end, within an hour. Gradually, that idea evolved into much looser, sketchier parameters for what would pass as my habit. The plots became less tethered to traditional means of storytelling, and more “modern.” For example, the sketches I created above were more about my own lethargic disposition at the time, rather than the content of the plot. Without context, it lacks an arc; its only business in existing is establishing some sort of relationship between the two characters. I would dare say these short, 30 minute sketches are less about the story of a character, and more a brief snippet of their lives.
(On a side note, I learned that pen work looks pretty neat, and is easier to show than pencil. Might do it some more.)
I learned to do work that was more for myself than for anyone else, and more importantly, that failure, even succumbing to lethargy, is fine for what a creative habit is.
Without further ado, I present some of my past failures and…well, other sketches!
One of my earliest works. This was sort of my “break into a habit of do whatever you want,” which I would later follow and expand upon as time wore on. Features a cat and a tailor.
Had the cleanest line art out of all of them, I think. Snakes are probably not every relevant to what it’s trying to say. In fact, I’m almost positive it’s not really trying to say anything here.
Unlike the others, it consists of no written word. Only images drive the story forward, and it was pretty fun to draw. Probably a favorite.
My personal favorite. One of the few to feature a clear beginning, middle, and end (though the end is obviously rushed, and anti-climactic). I just like writing dumb, silly stories.
And lastly, for reference this final week, I was particularly intrigued by an Eleanor Davis exhibit I discovered during my class’s Columbus Museum visit. She uses very clean line work and colors to write rather emotional comics; the Adam and Eve comic comes to mind. More importantly, her sketch books were absolutely brimming with personality; it was apparent she uses her sketches to develop her ideas to their maximum. I wanted to borrow the idea behind these sketches and have some sort of conversation with myself. Thus, works like Lethargy and Snake were produced.
Scene from How to Be Happy, by Eleanor Davis
I highly recommend checking her out.
Well, that’s all for now folks. Your host, La Vier Narcisse, signing out.
See You, Space Cowboy