Sketchbook pages from “What It Is” by Lynda Barry
When you’re drawing something or writing something there always comes a point when the image seems to stop and it makes you become unsure about what you’re doing and so you stop too.
When this happens it’s good to have a pad of paper right next to you so you can move your hand over to it and just make any kind of mark in order to keep your hand in motion. Moving your hand can help the image start up again, even if all you are doing is slowly writing the alphabet or making a spiral.
Sometimes when the image stops, we go back over what we’ve done and we may try to start fixing something that isn’t broken. Keeping your hand in motion may help keep the work you’ve done intact and help you stay put through the worry until the image starts to flicker back up to you again.
If you use this pad of paper to keep your hand moving whenever you don’t know what to do next, the marks that accumulate start to become an odd and kind of effortless diary.
What year is it in your imagination?
From “What It Is” by Lynda Barry
Published by Drawn & Quarterly, Montreal
From “What It Is” by Lynda Barry. Published by Drawn & Quarterly
From “What It Is” by Lynda Barry. Published by Drawn & Quarterly, Montreal, Canada