Here we are, for this second edition of Friday at Four. As promised, I’m reporting back on my experience:
What I did last week
Having in mind that I want to create an illustration for a card I want to send to a friend, I decided to play around with the idea I had for it. I ended up sketching two versions of that idea on waste paper, with colouring pencils.
Although drafting and sketching are parts of the process I don’t always enjoy because a part of me wishes I could just skip to a perfect finished product right from the beginning, it was freeing to be able to just play around, without worrying about the results. It was fun to just let myself try stuff out and see what happened.
What I’ve learned from that play session
I was about to list a ton of little things I’d learned, when I realised they all had one thing in common, and it was something very interesting indeed:
Pretty much all of the things I’ve learned from last week’s art session, I already knew. Why, then, did I have the feeling I had learned them?
It turns out that I knew them intellectually and that through doing, my understanding of them deepened. What used to be concepts and ideas that made sense in my mind, I now get more holistically.
This gives me useful information as to how I can improve my learning in all areas, and it’s something I want to explore more. There might be a post about that sometime in the future…
My plan for this week
I’ll pick back up where I left last week, switching from the sketches to working on the final illustration. I’ll be mindful to keep my mind on the process and not worry too much about the finished product, and to remain in a playful mood. This might be a little more challenging now that I’ll be playing on watercolour cardstock and everything, but that’s the whole point of the exercise!
What about you?
Did you create a little space for the practice of your choice this week? How did it go? What did you learn? What’s your plan for the next session?
Please share what you plan on trying or how it went last time, if and when you feel like it. You can do it in a few words, through a picture, or any other way you can think of! You can do it here in the comments or as a post on your own blog, on Twitter (let’s use the hashtag #fridayatfour), or elsewhere – just let us know in the comments so that we can find your contribution and cheer you on!