1] Mr Squiggle Technique:
The basic premise of the show: children wrote in with their “squiggles” and Mr. Squiggle would turn them into recognisable drawings by connecting lines with his pencil nose. More often than not, the picture would be drawn upside down.
Instead of starting with a traditional thumbnail, draw a large squiggle shapes on a blank document. These shapes serve as the scaffolding for a more detailed drawing. There aren’t many ‘rules’ for this exercise, but it’s important to stick to the initial scribble for the major shapes. Inside of those forms you’re free to elaborate and add details.
[The idea of “automatic drawing” has its roots in the early 20th century. The surrealists (visual artists and writers) coined the term to describe their cutting edge creations. For them it was a way to tap into the subconscious and create unorthodox artwork.]
2] Observation into Visualisation: Remember when you were little and you would lay on the grass and look up into the clouds trying to make out animals and things.
You can get inspired from anything and everything. Ideas are everywhere, you just have to develop your ability to see something in something else. From your observations can you turn them into visualisation sketches?
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