This activity uses trace paper, two photo of animals, and a brown colored pencil. In this video, you trace photos and overlay them to create new hybrid animal. Morphing two things together creates unprecedented results. Rather than working with a singular idea, try joining two things to make something new. This is something easy you can try. It might remind you to consider the potential of breaking new ground through the power of transformation.
- Sometimes two is better than one. For instance, my daughter Celeste makes incredible zucchini bread with fresh squash grown in our garden. The other day, she took a chance and added walnuts. Bringing these two flavors together made the bread not only more delicious, but it added a great crunch. Ingredients, like ideas and images, can enhance each other when they're combined. Sometimes two things feel like they could never be woven together successfully. But the act of trying sometimes helps us break new ground, new flavors. So I love drawing animals. When I travel, I always visit natural history museums with a sketchbook to gather new material. Victorian era museums are often very beautiful, quiet places to draw. Taxidermy specimens are great models because they never move and you can generally draw them from multiple angles. Sometimes, however, I'm not near a museum, so I rely on photographs. Lately, I've been experimenting with morphing two animals together resulting in sort of a other wordly, futuristic drawing. First I trace or draw each animal separately. Once I do this, I take the line drawings and play with layering and flipping them in different ways until I arrive at a hybrid that feels compelling. I know I could do this in Photoshop, but I like the organic hands-on manipulation of the paper. From here, I elaborate a drawing based on the layered tracings to create a totally new species. These hybrids are fun to make. And because it's just tracing, it's easy to try. So rather than working with a singular idea, try joining two things to make something new. It will empower you to break new ground through the act of transformation.
- Moving past creative blocks
- Generating ideas
- Letting go of perfection
- Strengthening connection for authentic ideas
- Adopting fresh approaches to seeing
- Collaborating to build relationships
- Choosing alternative viewpoints
- Rewriting an old story
- Rearranging the familiar
- Shifting perspective