Last week I attended a "Creativity in the Open" day, with sessions on drawing, comics, theatre, music, and much more:

And it reminded me deeply and emotionally how much I used to love doing doodles and sketchnotes and generally making marks on paper with pens & colours and how the pandemic stress has led me away. And how I so much am excited to go back. Time spent creating, I remember now, is so, so important in many ways! And "creating" means many things ...

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So I bought Lynda Barry's *Making Comics* and Ivan Brunetti's *Cartooning* and I can't wait to dive in and play!

Note: I am an absolute beginner and my people are blobs with circles for hands and feet. And I love them.

Anyone else love doodling, sketching, or cartooning, and have resources to suggest?

@chendricks Oh interesting! I have often felt that life presents me with cartoons in the form of ludicrous situations, but I have no drawing skills at all.

@KolokokoBird I don’t have drawing skills either but one thing trying to remember is that you can get a lot of info across with very simple lines and figures. And that it just takes practice!

@chendricks Any comment I would make would descend into jealousy over how human your blobs look like in comparison to my blobs

@chendricks @rwallace that is a wild rumor that broke out in earnest when I taught at the regional polytechnic

what I did discover there is that teaching in the large lecture hall seriously masks imperfections in your circle drawing and makes impressionable undergraduates swear by your skills

I assure you in the COVID era of the electronic whiteboard my circle-skills are as sketchy as ever

@TusculumPearson @rwallace

I have also found that sometimes drawing something large is easier than small. I went to a workshop once where we sketched on really large pieces of paper, making sweeping motions across a wide space. It felt easier than trying to get a much smaller circle, or square, or whatever to look good.

And oh my, electronic whiteboard with a mouse or a trackpad would be just awful for circles I imagine.

@chendricks @rwallace I have a pen and electronic pad, at least, so my writing isn’t miserable most of the time

but the flaws are MUCH more apparent

@chendricks You can't go wrong with Lynda Barry, she's a gift that keeps giving!

@chendricks UVic says they have a Digital Scholarship Commons course in sketch-noting, but they almost never offer it. Makes me sad, because I'd like to try it sometime.

@chendricks I would hope that learning how to sketch-note would prevent me from resorting to the scrawl I kludged together when I was in undergrad when it comes to taking notes by hand. Thank goodness for being able to use my laptop to takes notes during classes, lectures, meetings, etc. (Carpal tunnel can bite my thumb.)

@trishalynn Yes, me too, on all counts. I can't really take notes by hand anymore because my joints start hurting after awhile. I do a lot of typing instead. But when I have done some sketchnoting in the past it has for some reason not hurt my hands as much. Maybe because I'm not trying to do so much writing of words, so quickly.

@chendricks it took an interest in fountain pens/inks to get me scribbling and doodling again!

@noctiluca That'll do it! I also have a love for the physical qualities of different media and spend an inordinate amount of time in art supplies stores testing out the pens (where they have testers of course!).

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