Developing your Own Voice Part II

Listen to Ellie Present Your First Task in this LGLC Sample Lesson
Your first task

Make a list of things you love

This exercise is helpful for almost any creative project. A best place to start is a list of your all time favorite things, the bizarre, quirky, ridiculous things that bring you joy and make you laugh. Or, the things that bring back important memories. Add to your list things you like and you don’t even know why you like them. Like Star Trek- why do you like Star Trek? Is it because of the weird and campy look of the aliens? Is it because of the original science fiction storylines they came up with?

Perhaps, Star Trek isn’t for you. Maybe you prefer drama that feels like real life? Add that to your list.

Keep this list handy for when you are stumped on an idea. When you have no idea what to draw. It can also be useful for coming up with designs, and short stories. Even if we end up writing about what we dislike, we are still writing!

The most important thing is to make art no matter what.

In our classes you will be encouraged to set a timer and do lots of drawing really quickly. Even if you think you cannot draw, you will be making art. You will be drawing. I firmly believe that anyone has to have some creative outlets or they will explode! (We may get around to talking about spontaneous combustion in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.) So, start thinking about: what are your creative outlets? What makes you want to get up in the morning? Cooking? Eating food like a Hobbit? Spending time with your friends? Add all that to the list.

The next step is thinking about how can we celebrate the things that we enjoy, and share those with others. Perhaps we send a real letter to a friend or family member, or a postcard with a drawing on it. If you enjoy food, maybe setting up a still life of some purple artichokes (yes, they exist). And maybe, you are convinced that you are a Hobbit and you need to design a graphic novel or comic strip of your adventures.

Throughout this fall session, you will be guided along these kinds of challenges, and self discovery. You will have the opportunity to share your work with other students, and can work mostly solo if that makes you happy. If we ever do a group exercise you will always have the chance to pass, and work on your own time.

At the end of the fall session in week 17, we will re-group and will celebrate all our successes and failures (is there such a thing in art?), and have a chance to reflect on what we learned and what goals we want to set for the spring semester.