Perhaps art is the ultimate god-like move: creating something from nothing. And like the star-nosed mole, it doesn't always have to be pretty or even make a lot of sense.
Some strange combinations of materials produced these images.
|This little bear lives on my desk - drawn with my non-dominant (left) hand|
|Capybara drawn with left hand - try drawing with your "wrong" hand - it's fun and isn't supposed to look "right"|
|Minimalist dodo - I love dodos - who doesn't?|
|A newt with jazz hands that I drew from memory with my eyes closed|
|An anteater drawn with eyes closed - a real day-brightener|
|A puffin birthday card - screw you, Hallmark|
|Drawn blind while looking at Velvet Underground photos (blind contour) - really captures a time and place, don't you think?|
|A flightless and wingless moa, extinct around 1600 - wish moas were still around|
|This is Claude the alligator from the SF Academy of Science|
|This is based on a drawing Jackson made of his bike at age 5|
|This is my first house in San Francisco - it's supposed to be childlike, and yeah, it is|
|This is another Moa - it's goofy because...art|
|Who doesn't respect a fish on stilts? Edward Lear drew this Fizzgiggious Fish more than a century ago|
These are beginning exercises to get the class drawing without a lot of technical anxiety or perfectionism (good thing). Like when you're a kid with a box of crayons and some scrap paper. That mindset is a good starting place for all artistic play, which will hopefully lead to more thought-out ideas and a substantial body of work. Why is that important? Maybe it isn't important, but what are we supposed to do—watch reality TV until we drop dead? Probably art is a better use of our time and resources. I suspect.