The Near-Sighted Monkey

Drawn! In 30 Seconds!

Window exhibit of work from Art 448: Making Comics, taught by Professor Sluggo (AKA Lynda Barry) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Location: The Image Lab, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, first floor, NW corner 

330 N. Orchard St.   |   Madison, WI 53715   |   608.316.4300

Assignment: Fold a page of 8.5 x 11 copier paper into 16 chambers, find someone who can time you, and using a black Flair pen, draw 16 cartoon characters from memory, one every 30 seconds, with a five second rest in-between each character.

How are people able to do this?

Even if the drawing you make isn’t one you like, somehow you’ve made a recognizable character anyway. This is an adapted exercise from Ivan Brunetti’s book fantastic book about drawing comics, “Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice”. Brunetti says drawing and recognizing characters can be compared to drawing and recognizing a letter of the alphabet.  The letter “A”, It doesn’t have to be beautifully drawn to be unmistakably recognizable as the letter A.

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    We love this for quickly starting character sketches! Also we love Lynda Barry!
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    ^THIS. SO SO THIS. UNBELIEVABLY THIS.
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