Just started on a 15-week program of creative exercises, taken from a book about cartooning. They range from spontaneous drawing to multi-page comic spreads. This week, I’ve been using a timer.
Exercise 1.1 is simple enough: draw some cars, cats, castles, telephones and self-portraits. The kicker is that you’re on a timer set for 4 minutes, then 2, then 1 – then 30, 15 and 5 seconds.
Seeing the difference is fun, but it’s not like the drawings automatically get worse as they’re drawn faster. Inversely, they gain a something the “prettier” drawings don’t always have. My personal favorites all came from the 1-minute and 30-second sessions.