Exercise #1: Drawing Your Neighbor

We did an exercise in class that was meant to help us gauge our creative freedom. Our task was to turn to our neighbor (or person across from us, in my case) and draw them in one minute. It didn’t matter how we drew them or how much of them we drew. After the minute ended, Ted from the video made a point of saying he heard a lot of apologies from the audience. He also mentioned that when children partook in this experiment, they felt no remorse whatsoever in depicting people in their own creative way. This was an interesting point to me, although I felt the same way in that I wasn’t ashamed or embarrassed of my product. The whole process was to teach us not to feel bound by our adult limitations or our thoughts of what a portrait “should be”.

Portrait of Bobby Blackburn


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