For this exercise, I used 2 different locations: a museum; and my classroom.
I visited the ‘Cultural Centre’. The museum has different sections, for example: Eco Systems; our Earth; Transportation and robots; Human body and mind; Arabic Islamic Science; and Space.
I have visited this museum once before, about a year ago. At the time, the following were my favourite sections: Space; Our Earth (Dinosaurs) and Eco System. I decided to re-visit some of these sections for this exercise.
I went one afternoon after school hours. There were not many people visiting the museum at the time, which meant I kind of had it all to myself, other than staff and security guards wandering about, staring at me out of boredom, wondering what I’m up to. I don’t think they see a lot of people taking out a sketchbook when visiting public areas in this country. I tried to ignore them and focused on the cool dinosaur exhibitions in front of me.
The noises in the dinosaur section, were very loud, sounding like “Jurassic Park” scary soundtracks. The dinosaurs were massive and quite fun to look at. I tried to draw different parts of different types of dinosaurs, although my drawings are not a great representation of them. I spent a long time in this section, adding a lot of text, documenting dinosaur facts, descriptions, noises, etc. I used micron pen and Sakura Gelly Roll moonlight gel ink pens to add some neon colours.
Although I tried to fill up the pages fast, it still took a long time. I filled up several pages in the dinosaur-section, and then moved onto the Space section.
There I continued to fill up pages, adding a variety of detail via simple fast drawings/ doodles and text/ words/ phrases/ headings/ facts. I spent about 3 hours at the museum.
I prefer using pens and A4 paper. I find it easier working with a minimum selection of media when sketching/ drawing while out in public. I decided to remove some graph paper sheets from one of my sketchbooks to create an A4 sketchbook with a restricted amount of pages. So that I could fill up the “whole” sketchbook in one adventure to the museum.
DID YOU USE ANY NEW MEDIA APPROACHES?
I decided that it would be fun to use graph paper for this exercise. I used pages from a graph sketchbook to create an A4 sketchbook with a limited amount of pages. I continued working with micron pens, but added a set of Sakura gelly roll moonlight gel ink pens in neon colours. I thought the combination of neon colours on graph paper could possibly create a fun effect.
WHAT DID YOU DISCOVER ABOUT WORKING FAST ON THE SAME THEME?
By trying to fill up the thin sketchbook fast by including lots of different drawings on one page; adding words/ phrases/ sentences, helped me to be more free and experimental in my approach, without being worried/ thinking about the end result. It was fun adding random detail that caught my eye.. playing around with different ways of adding drawings/ text to a page.
DID YOU GET AS MUCH DONE AS YOU EXPECTED?
As I was drawing quickly, without much thought about layout or precision; I thought I would be able to complete more drawings in more detail. The time passed quite quickly and before I knew it, 3 hours were up and it was time to go home.
WOULD TRYING THIS IN A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT OR AT A DIFFERENT TIME MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE?
I think sketching in an environment more familiar to me, would make a difference in how fast I could draw it in more detail. I also think drawing in a space with more comfortable seating would help in filling up pages faster. The museum had some benches, but not in all areas. The benches were not very comfortable to sit and draw on.
I also think drawing in a space where the security guards are not constantly staring at me, would make me feel less uncomfortable as if I was being watched the whole time. I think one of them even followed me to another section of the museum. Very strange. Maybe if there were more visitors, I would have felt a bit more at ease. Not sure really.
WHAT WILL I TAKE FORWARD FROM THIS TASK/ AS PART OF HOW I MIGHT DRAW WHEN I’M OUT AND ABOUT IN THE FUTURE?
I loved completing this exercise. It definitely taught me to relax and draw more freely – getting everything on paper as fast as possible without thinking about the ‘end product’. I learnt how to use a ‘visual journal/ diary’ in order to document different aspects of a journey/ adventure; capturing how I feel; what I see and hear; using all my senses to describe a place/ activity/ scenery/event/ experience. It is a fun approach.
POINTS OF WHAT I WILL TAKE FORWARD FROM THIS TASK:
Draw fast/ freely. Don’t worry about the end product, just draw and get it down on paper. Add doodles/ patterns/ text/ anything really in order to capture what you experience: feel/ hear/ see/ touch/ taste/ etc. Just draw.
I tried this exercise for a second time, this time in a familiar setting: my classroom. I continued to use graph paper; micron black, as well as colour pens; but also added colour pencils to my toolbox. As the location was familiar to me, I was able to draw it faster, as well as adding things from memory. I continued to add lots of words in order to fill up the pages fast.
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE MUSEUM:
NAME: Juanita du Toit
STUDENT NUMBER: 522438
COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks
The Open College of the Arts (University for the Creative Arts)