February 16th, 2015
Welcome to the 2nd challenge of the year for The Creativity Club!
I think all creative processes start with copying. We copy people we admire, famous artists, not so famous artists, ourself. We copy things we think are beautiful, useful, delicious, helpful. We copy dinners and dresses and drawings and other things that start with D–and things that start with all the other letters too.
Some people see copying as cheating. They are wrong. Yes, copying something exactly and passing it off as your own is dishonest, but then again you can’t really copy something exactly. And it’s the differences that emerge between the original and the copy that I find particularly interesting and exciting. Your aesthetic gets in the way and the copied object starts to become your own.
It was difficult to come up with a challenge that I thought would be easy but also exciting and specific enough so you don’t just flounder. This is what I came up with…
1. Choose from these 4 words: EYE, PENCIL, COFFEE POT, HOUSE. Look up your word on google images (or pinterest or my first picture dictionary or wherever).
2. Pick an image you find and copy it (draw it).
3. Now copy it again, but use a different medium.
THE SMALL PRINT
You can do all of the words if you like. I just didn’t want to ask you to “copy anything!” I thought I should narrow it down a bit. Feel free to do step 2 as many times as you like before moving on to step 3. As for what a different medium is, well pen and pencil are different, but come on. Watercolor, oil paint, finger paint, free motion quilting, frosting, legos, balsa wood, playdoh. Push yourself to try something new or at least something different.
YOU HAVE ONE WEEK FOR THIS CHALLENGE
The challenge is due February 23. I will be away next week, so I’ll won’t be able to collect your assignments. :) Tag your work with #thecreativityclub to put it on my desk while I’m away.