Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Drawing in thejamjar at the third 3rd Mondays

Dubai gallery and art space thejamjar has been hosting a new series of art-focus fora and workshops by The Domino, called 3rd Mondays, for a couple of months now. The have been taking place on - surprise, surprise - the third Monday of each month, and I attended the third this week, titled "Why draw?". As I have a little experience in cartooning, this was a topic on which I was particularly keen.

My own "drawings" (hey, some of these had time limits in seconds)

I arrived in time to catch the latter part of a documentary about drawing, following which I participated in a series of drawing exercises.

Drawings by people who had a better idea of what they were doing

We were given instruments of our choice and sheets of paper on which to try out a number of different challenges, such as drawing oneself or an object within view, in spans of time ranging from 5 minutes to 5 seconds.

A large collaborative work at the end

At the end of the event, we all got an opportunity to draw together on a single, large space, which was a lot of fun. Right before that, though, we had an interesting and informal round table chat about our own experiences with drawing. Many of the attendees were indeed very experienced (evident in what they produced during the exercises), so there was a lot of productive knowledge-sharing regarding materials, technologies and practices.

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