Getting a better look at the individual elements that make up the Drawing Culture communal drawings

Today is all about data analysis for me, which means taking a really close look at all of the wonderful contributions that people have made to the project. The variety of contributions is fascinating, with thoughtful, powerful, silly, fun, odd, and rebellious (I’m looking at you, person that drew poop) drawings combining to make an overall artwork. I could look at them all day.

The above’s just a selection of the lovely little details that can be picked out if you look hard enough. All combining into one wonderful explosion of expression like this:

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So while I am putting in a lot of hard work writing about everything that can be gained from projects like this, my data is providing little rays of sunshine while I work.

I’ll be updating soon with more pictures and info on how art can be used as data, but for now I’ll leave you with a message from one of our contributors:

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Drawing Together

Today was the last day of the Drawing Culture pitch on Shop Street for a while (if only because of the weather!). I will though be posting updates as I go through all of the drawings that lovely participants have contributed over the last while, so there’ll be plenty to uncover on here while it tips it down outside.

What I’d like to talk about today is those lovely participants. In the course of asking people to join in the project activities, add to communal drawings, share their thoughts, doodle in my little books, I’ve met the most fascinating and brilliant people. From the man who came over today just to have a great nerdy chat about pens, to the quiet but amazingly free doodlers, to the absolutely delightful woman that sat with me for a good while today, drew, chatted, and gave me some shells(!), this project has provided an abundance of wonderful little interactions.

It’s been fascinating and fun to see how drawing can create a friendly atmosphere and its own little community. Here’s to more drawing in the world!

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Two strangers sharing a moment to add to a communal drawing

Drawing Culture starts its trials!

The Drawing Culture set-up is coming to the streets today! Paper and picnic blanket at the ready, I’ll be there with a few activities for a first trial run, getting people to stop by and contribute a doodle or two. There’ll be drawing with pens, chalk, salt, you name it, and hopefully some decent weather.

It’s been a long time coming with research and design and now we’re onto the first few tests. It’ll be exciting to see which parts people respond to (and which are a total disaster…). Come on over and help me find out!