Episode 377 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast — drawing monsters and desks and loosening up
In this episode of the CMP, random connections between playing a text app-based game of pool (billiards), looking at Lynda Barry’s Making Comics, and the memory of drawing a desk last year in a university classroom, or at least trying to draw that desk. Drawing it in person, the desk right in front of me, I just couldn’t get the lines to make sense. I couldn’t position things on the page in a way that matched up to how they were “in space” in front of me. I later drew it from a photo. It’s a classroom desk, so it’s a combination desk-chair, and while I love to draw chairs, they almost always give me some trouble with perspective. I think I keep going back to them in hopes that someday it will click, suddenly I’ll be able to really draw those lines I see and have things all fit together properly. There are also monsters in today’s show because drawing monsters comes up in Making Comics, and drawing monsters isn’t something that comes naturally to me. Plus, a belated explanation of the late bloom referenced in Episode 376’s title.
Monsters on the brain
I mentioned My Favorite Thing Is Monsters and Hyperbole at the end of the show because both have a “monsters” connection. Hyperbole (full title: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened) isn’t really about a monster, but that character is one I often think about. I feel bad admitting that I didn’t finish My Favorite Thing is Monsters. It always excites me to pick it up, and I really was enjoying it the last time I had it out from the library. (It is really densely illustrated.) I think I need to check it out again. I remember how enamored I was with the ballpoint work and how overwhelmed I was just thinking about how long it would take to draw that kind of book….. when I get all worked up over a single image.
Now…. if I line things up just a little bit to the left, will I find that the minor adjustment helps make things fall into place? Maybe!
Mentioned in this Show:
- Making Comics
- My Favorite Thing is Monsters
- Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
- My Favorite Thing is Monsters 2 (coming 2020)
Doing your own, at-home deep dive? Hey, me too! Interested in diving into Syllabus or Making Comics? I did another tour through Syllabus this year, and I really faced my own realities as I admitted that I would probably be completely unable to make it through her class. (I wish I was the kind of person who could dive in and make it through her class.) The re-read didn’t diminish my fascination with her though or my love of her style and the overall crowded, chaotic, symphonic, cluttered, image-driven aesthetic of the book itself. I love it! I am going to be working through Making Comics and challenging (forcing) myself to do some of the exercises. If you have the same plan, you might want to be really official and stock up on the bare essentials: composition books, Paper Mate Flair pens (black), and uni-ball Vision Rollerball Pens (black) (smaller pack).
By the way: I’m feeling really productive with my reading and my “To Read” list this year using Trello. I use Trello for other things, including tracking my 50 Before 50 list, but I am finding new book lover’s peace this year with Trello boards set up to help me keep track of books I want to read, Kindle books I snag on a deal, books I hear about in groups or on other podcasts, and then the books I actually am reading or listening to. If you haven’t tried Trello, you should! (It’s free!)