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Stepping out of the comfort zone

12th February 2015

The magic of original mark making and a shared experience.

Following a recent internal Interstate brand approach session I invited the whole team to a ‘keep it scary’ workshop. This involved drawing from a life model, something many design and art students are very familiar with but for others, the act of drawing from life is totally out of the comfort zone, as it was for the model herself. Desrine, our super sitter had never modelled in a session where the ‘students’ were unaware of what was about to take place.

I believe any designer is at an advantage if they can draw and here at Interstate we certainly encourage this, whether its a full design sketch to a client or internally to the team or simply a doodle – it’s the act of making a mark, visualising a thought, trying to work something out.

As it turned out, the sense of unease lasted precisely two minutes, beyond that it was all about pure intense concentration on looking, seeing and translating that into graphite marks, no rubbers, no mistakes, just learnings.

Just look at these faces – completely absorbed in the act of drawing, totally within their comfort zone.

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A few further thoughts from some masters.

“Beautiful colours can be bought in the shops on the Riatlo, but good drawing can only be bought from the casket of the artist’s talent with patient study and nights with out sleep.”
– Tintoretto (1518-1594)

“Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.”
- Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

“Drawing makes invention more accessible for me. Faster. Immediate. I start a drawing and I start to invent.”
- Jim Dine (born 1935)

“Until we can insert a USB into our ear and download our thoughts, drawing remains the best way of getting visual information on to the page…..I lasso thoughts with a pen.”
– Grayson Perry (born 1960)

“Drawing needs three things, the heart, the hand and the eye, two won’t do.”
- David Hockney (born 1937)

Nigel Published by Nigel 12th February 2015
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