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This is supposed to be super-fun

May 2005

For some mysterious reason there seems to be an enormous difference between drawing pictures to stand alone and drawing them to relate to each other. Recently I have been getting all flustered about how to link two or more pictures. Confusion is depicted here.

Some mixed up diagrams trying to sort out my thoughts.

At these times I am reminded, by magazines like: 'Leisure Centre', that the act of making marks on paper is a game, and you know what games are for? Answer: fun, and even, sometimes, super-fun. By the way, that fanzine is one pound, that is one pound, per issue. So, about this game, I have a piece of paper, a plane if you will, I can choose to make a mark, to represent a unique combination of the paper\'s height and width. I can choose how many marks and how they relate to each other. And on it goes, the choices follow choices, and a whole bunch of variables combine to create a seemingly infinite set of possibilities -- surely a perfect feature of a game. Then there is another part to this game, as all the variables can lead to something quite other: drawing can be remembering, or creating a place to go, or any of an almost infinite set of possibilities for exploration. This is no simple game of let's pretend. It is bigger than that. So really, combining pictures is a brand new feature to my already fantastically feature-rich game.

To find the element of fun that snaps this job into a game, I have been doing some very light-hearted depictions of daily happenings. Doing this I am never short of something to draw, so I can just have a little fun chaining moments together on paper. I have a few samples here and here. You can only see bits of what I have written in these pictures; that is deliberate -- sorry about that -- but really, you aren't missing anything.

Some first attempts at cartoons Some first arttempts at cartoons

Why care about sequences in the first place? Let me first describe my situation and then explain why sequencing would be fun. I take part in two main types of drawing: one is as a way to explore maths ideas and the other is the things you see a sample of here, on this site. Think of the latter as the portrait project and the cartoon-type drawings. The maths pictures are different. They describe a story I have made up about objects: often depicted by felt-tip penned circles or such. The objects' relationship to each other is the story line; their combining and grouping becomes more and more intricate as my maths knowledge grows.

Colour is very important for bringing out different patterns and simplifications of the objects. I affectionately refer to this picture story project as "object/group". I have been working on object/group for a few years now. My aim is bring together this ordered abstract object/group work with the sort of things that are on this site. But I want to sequence these two types of drawing so they relate to each other in an interesting way. I hope this monthly shebang will be evolving into the slow forming of my ill-formed ideas through the magic of the sequenced image. If my ideas do not form then sorry in advance.

Next Month: You may see the beginning object/group pictures and the trail of portraits continues.

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