It’s a very busy time and an especially busy week. Will post more on that soon. In the meantime, I am going to take a stab at reviving this series of mine. Moving forward, I will try to make it seem “cleaner” with fewer links in text (mine were excessive) and less strict adherence to format (variation is OK-no-better than OK).
Stuff I watched:

Draw more, together: Ole Qvist-Sørensen at TEDxCopenhagen 2012

Why people believe they can’t draw – and how to prove they can | Graham Shaw | TEDxHull
Stuff I drew:
What I think about it:
I have self-doubt. Along with many other people (the majority), I doubt my ability to produce visual art. I “can’t draw” is the appropriate phrase for my previous belief (note extra emphasis on the quotations surrounding can’t draw). And yes, my recent viewings mentioned above have changed my self-perception to a degree: I understand that I am capable of drawing, but often don’t and the quality of my drawings suffers (when I do draw). I watched the two videos listed and “drew along” with the activities they contained
The content of the first video (Ole) presented a lot of valid points. Drawing is a form of expression and an excellent means of communication. It makes us more human as humans are a communal species. As humans are visual thinkers, being able to compose visual descriptions and capture our memories in order to exchange, create, and inspire action. It can certainly improve my notoriously bad short term memory. I can, in fact, draw many shapes, stars, speech/thought bubbles, and even people (needs some improvement).
Graham’s TED talk furthered these realizations. Drawing people is easier than I imagined. Doing it well, however, will take some time. As I drew both of these activities, I discovered that my self-awareness/consciousness was inversely proportional to the quality of my drawings.
Throughout my academic career, I defined myself as a person who communicates best through writing. Very limiting indeed. Why should I limit myself to one form of expression as opposed to striving for improvement in all areas? Rhetorical question (in case it wasn’t obvious). This type of skill will allow me to enhance my ability to show people what is inside my head.
In all my designs, I like simple. God (or lack thereof) is in a lack of excessive details. Two thoughts leap to mind. One, I shouldn’t design for myself under any circumstances. I like the look of my projects, but how do I account for the color and detail preferences of my intended audience? Two, my idea of simple isn’t necessarily someone else’s. Even though it’s a cliched and inadequate word, yes, it is relative.
My attempt to draw the process of making toast needs a little work, but I only made three attempts. I ask for a chicken salad sandwich next time,  but tell myself to hold everything but the bread. Will keep it up and enhance my ability to show people what is, in fact, on my mind.

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