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Session 10

Coloring Outside — and Inside — the Lines

Use a grid to give shape and cohesion to your drawing

What You'll Need:

  • A number of drawing surfaces, size and material of your choosing
  • Drawing tools of your choosing

What You'll Do:

Part One: Starting With a Grid

1. In light lines, draw a grid of equally spaced, straight horizontals and equally spaced, straight verticals. You may use a pencil and a ruler to do this, but a reasonably careful freehand version will suffice.

2. Begin to develop a drawing in and out of this structure. You can do this in an almost infinite variety of ways. For example, you might fill the compartments with different kinds of lines, textures, colors and sense how the different energies begin to speak with one another (and continue to respond until you reach a satisfying resolution).

Or, you might do some automatic drawing right over the grid lines and find places where the automatic drawing and the grid lines "line up." (For those new to this course or those in need of a refresher, refer to Session 3: Let's Doodle! There we defined automatic drawing as "to draw without thinking, planning, worrying or conscious control; to make lines and marks in seemingly random fashion."

Your job is to emphasize these alignments so that there’s enough of a grid to hold the drawing togther. In either case, you may want to cover up parts of the grid, re-establish others — emphasizing and de-emphasizing until your drawing speaks to you in satisfying ways.

Next: Developing, discovering and working into a grid. >>

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