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© 2019 Este MacLeod

© 2019 Explore Colour

Q is for...

July 20, 2018

Question Mark

Today’s project is a challenge unlike any of the ones done so far. It is a drawing focused project but no letters are used. Instead of using letter shapes, the challenge is to use the question mark symbol as prompt for drawings.

 

 

It might sound tricky, and definitely requires an adjustment in your thinking, but once you start drawing it will become easier. There's no top or bottom for the question mark drawings, and using the symbol in various directions is encouraged. Adapt the question mark shape to be more rounded or angular to find more suitable outcomes. 

 

 

Creative Process

Start by drawing a question mark, study the shape from all directions and see what jumps to mind. The idea is to come up with twenty six different drawings, they need not be alphabetical drawings, but it might actually assist you in the process of creative problem solving.

 

Here's a list of words that might help to give you ideas:

APPLE, APE, AERPLANE, BABY, BAT, BALLOON, BEAR, BELL, BEE, BOOT, BOWL, BONES, BRUSH, BUBBLE, BUMP, BUTTON, CACTUS, CAMERA, CAGE, CAP, CANDY, CARCHICKEN, CHILD, CHIN, CLOWN, CAMEL, CHEF, COW, CROWN, CRAB, DOLL, DRUM, DOORKNOB, DUMBELL, EAR, EYEGLASSES, FISH, FLOWER, FOX, FRUIT, GOOSE, GRAPE, GRASSHOPPER, HAIR, HAMMER, HAM, HAT, HELICOPTER, HOLE, HORSE, HOP, HOOK, HUMP, ICE CREAM, IGLOO, INSECTS, JAR, KETTLE, KANGAROO, KEY, KING, KITTEN, LASSO, LIGHT, LOG, LOLLIPOP, MACHINE, MOUSE, MUSHROOM, NET, NOSE, OWL, OPEN MOUTH, PAN, POT, PARACHUTE, PET, PHONE, PIG, QUACK, QUEEN, RABBIT, RAT, RING, RIBBON, REINDEER, ROAD, ROSE, SCISSORS, SCOOTER, SNAIL, SPIDER, TURTLE, UMBRELLA, UNDERWEAR, VOLCANO, WHISKER, WOMAN, X-RAY, YOYO, ZEBRA

 

Remember to look at the question mark from different directions if you get stuck. Very often simple forms will lead to more ideas.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, just play and see what develops. This project is a good one to come back to at a later stage and play with as a doodle warm-up exercise.

 

Objective

This project is about imagination and creativity. It takes time, and possibly a few attempts at drawing to discover a good selection of objects, but it will happen. Have fun finding them.

 

 

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