Episode 397 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast — a field-note style draw along
In this episode of the CMP, we go off-road for an informal draw along (or draw with me) show. Join me as I kick back and draw a portrait (on index card) while I talk to you. Grab your own drawing, journal, knitting, or creative project, and work along as you listen. I’m drawing a portrait in this episode of a woman holding an elephant-shaped cup. The prompt I was drawing for was ICAD 14, “chamomile.” I don’t always match a prompt with my drawings, but I usually think about them. In this case, with a “tea” prompt, I found a photo in the (wonderful) Sktchy app that I really liked.
In some “draw along” shows, the sound of the pen on the card is clearer, louder. Some of you particularly like hearing the scratch of that, the hatching, the mindful and rhythmic back and forth of the pen in a field note show. Today, I was working in pencil during the show. There’s much less audible feedback in terms of the sound of the pencil on the card, so the silences may sound more like, well, silences. I really did draw through the whole show. That little elephant mug is very simple in shape but was harder to get properly sized than I expected!
The next “draw along” has already been recorded, so I’ll put that one out mid-week. (I tried a different setup, so we’ll experiment a bit and see what works best.) I enjoy this casual kind of show. I hope some of you might as well. It’s easy company while you work on your own project, even if it’s only one-way. You can, of course, talk back as you listen!
Did you say a Cross pencil?
I did! Such a throwback, right? I feel bad saying that. It’s still an active brand, but in my head, this is a vintage pen. In looking at Amazon, I see that there are lots of newer models. They still have the old-fashioned style that I have. The one I’m using, as mentioned, is a gold-tone barrel (with a bit of a Celtic detail at the middle where it opens and some fine lining running up and down). (The basic pencil body is something like this.) Thirty years old? Maybe. A bit more is my guess. I don’t think people talk about Cross products the same now. But I know that years and years ago, this was a really special thing to me — really fancy. I don’t remember the exact details, but I’ve always held them as special.
Listening back, I heard myself say something about the fact that I might have looked at this and thought “I don’t need that.” It sounded odd to me…. but it’s partially true. I’ve favored other kinds of mechanical pencils for many years! Picking it up and finding it such a nice fit and (surprisingly) weight (it’s not heavy at all even though it looks like it would be was a true moment of serendipity. In pulling up the link for reference, I saw all kinds of other bodies for the pencil (and other fancy pens). Such a vintage brand somehow…. with a charm all of its own.
Headphones on for the final stretch!
There are several shows coming this week…. at least one other will be field-note style, like this one….. draw-along-with-me in concept. I hope you’re with me and tuning in for this race to 400 as something I’m going to check off on my list for this year.
We are still in a pandemic
It can be easy to get weighed down by everything going on, by the anxiety and the uncertainty. But there are silver linings and gifts. I encourage you to look for them.
(The looking, in and of itself, offers a different mindset. You might find that the act of seeking and discovering helps shift your perspective in meaningful ways.)
Mentioned in this Episode (or Related)
- 50 Before 50
- Episode 396
- Thick white index cards (what I used in 2019 and am using in 2020) [300 | 100]
- Smead 4×6 cards (these tabbed cards are nice and thick and were my pick for many years of ICAD; I’ve also used the 3×5 ones)
- Cross pencil (this is a .07 – just as an example – and in chrome)
- Erasers (don’t leave home without ’em)
- 2B .09 lead
- .09 in multiple hardnesses (not a huge range, but might offer a good test if you are curious about hardnesses for sketching)
- .07 in multiple hardnesses
- .5 lead in multiple hardnesses
- .5 lead in colors (you’ll hear in the next show some talk about color….. going to look around a bit more and see what I can find that might be thicker, but just saw this)
- .07 lead in colors
- .07 Pilot Color Eno Neox
- .07 Pilot Color Eno
- Guitar music: Nicholai Heidlas on SoundCloud
- Creativity Matters Group at Facebook
- Patreon page
- oamyoamy at Instagram
- Try Creative Bug with the Living a More Creative Life: 30 Ways in 30 Days class
- Try Trello
- Buy me a Coffee with Ko-Fi (yes, they take a percentage)
- Amazon wishlist
A note about Trello: 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!)