I was just going through some stuff my parents had stored for me that they gave me last year when we moved to New Mexico. In it was a huge yellowing pad of newsprint that were notes and sketches from that Theatrical Design class. I have kept a high quality sketchpad of homework sketches from the same class with me over the years, and had forgotten these notes from in-class work existed. They are mostly drawings. I thought I knew how to draw when I went to college, and then Pip taught me over again.
So I just took apart that pad, taking pictures of the drawings, separating a pile of drawings worth saving from a (slightly larger) pile of ones I don't feel the need to keep. I'll take better pictures of my favorites tomorrow when the light is better, and now that I think of it, if I come across the other sketchpad as we pack for our move, I'll photograph that too, digital storage now being as plentiful as it is.
In the meantime, I thought I'd type up and share her overview of the creative process.
The Creative Process
--Notes from Theatrical Design, taught by Pip Gordon, Grinnell College, 1993
- right brain
- "What ifs" "I wonder" "How come"
- Gathering mode
- Sink into Problem
- left brain
…meanwhile… right brain… …thinks…
- Mull over Problem
- Mostly right brain
- AHA! (right brain)
- left brain
- Does it really work?