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

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?

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@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!

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